August 28, 2015

Get ready: Breaches and HIPAA fines are increasing

by Julian Lopez Prepare for a perfect storm — data breaches are on the rise and so are the costs of HIPAA violations.  Last year put cybersecurity and compliance on the minds of providers across the country with some of the highest financial penalties to-date for violating HIPAA. And so far, 2015 is proving hospital leaders are right to be worried about potential data breaches after two major health insurance carriers were hacked, resulting in the two biggest data breaches in the history of health care. Now, new research is confirming data breaches are becoming more frequent. And an insider at the Office for Civil […]
August 20, 2015

August 2015 Newsletter: CMS/OCR Audits – Are you prepared?

AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear , For as long as each of us have been involved in the healthcare industry and especially for those of us to recall the roll-out of HIPAA regulations in the 90’s the threat of audits and penalties has been an ongoing debate. “Will they audit?” “Who will they audit?” Finally “What are they going to do to my practice if I fail or refuse to comply, put me out of business?” The execution of the HITECH Program Stages 1 and 2 since 2012 have started to answer those questions. CMS and OCR have audited […]
August 14, 2015

Audits, Audits and More Audits: A Full Breakdown of the CMS Audit Program

By Jim Tate, Roberta Mullin, and Joy Rios CMS lays it out there as concisely as possible: “Any provider attesting to receive an EHR incentive payment for either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program potentially can be subject to an audit”. The HITECH Act of 2009 was created to stimulate the adoption of electronic health care technology by a combination of financial incentives and fee adjustments. Since that time over $30 billion has been received by providers who have attested to the “meaningful use of certified technology.” If you are provider that has attested to a CMS EHR […]
August 14, 2015

How to Ace an EHR Audit

By Leslie Burling-Phillips, Contributing Writer Interviewing Jeffery Daigrepont, CMPE, Denise Fridl, COT, COE, and Kelsey A. Lang, MPP Download PDF If you applied to receive the incentive payments for meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHRs), you may be selected for a compulsory pre- or postpayment audit. Although having your records scrutinized may seem an intimidating prospect, it does not have to be a daunting experience. Proactive preparation will help you to meet the auditing requirements on time. Who Will Audit You Although the auditing procedures of Medicare and Medicaid are quite similar, the auditing entities are different. Medicare […]
August 14, 2015

22% of Providers Fail Meaningful Use Audits

By Jennifer Bresnick on October 21, 2014 The security risk assessment has been a major pain point for healthcare organizations since the beginning of the audit program. Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Arkansas is celebrating a successful appeal of its failed meaningful use audit today, but not all healthcare organizations that have undergone the process are about to break out the cake and party hats.  Jim Tate, a meaningful use consultant from EMR Advocate who helped Drew Memorial through its trials, told EHRintelligence that the failure rate for Stage 1 meaningful use audits is around 5% for eligible hospitals and […]