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Krysten Rosen Moller is an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
June 7, 2016, Covington eHealth
Over the past five years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has used “big data” and predictive analytics approaches to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare fee-for-service program. According to a recent post on the official CMS blog, the Fraud Prevention System’s “big data” effort has given CMS the ability to … Continue Reading
January 28, 2016, Covington eHealth
On January 22, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the launch of a new, streamlined application process for providers and hospitals seeking a hardship exception from financial penalties for failing to meet meaningful use electronic health record requirements. According to CMS, “[t]he streamlined hardship applications reduce the ...
November 18, 2015, Covington eHealth
Last week, the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Senate Committee on Finance sent a letter to Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), and Jocelyn Samuels, Director of the Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights … Continue ...
September 24, 2015, Covington eHealth
In a 107-page report, released last week, the White House set forth its plan to create and manage a database containing 1 million or more Americans’ medical records in furtherance of the Precision Medicine Initiative. As announced by President Obama during his 2015 State of the Union Address, the Precision Medicine Initiative was launched “to … Continue Reading
July 28, 2015, Covington eHealth
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (“NCCoE”) has released a draft for public comment of the first guide in a new series of publications “that will show businesses and other organizations how to improve their cybersecurity using standards-based, commercially available or open-source tools.” The guide discusses how to secure electronic health records ...
June 4, 2015, Covington eHealth
On May 28, 2015, a panel from the American Medical Informatics Association (“AMIA”) published an eleven-page “Report of the AMIA EHR 2020 Task Force on the Status and Future Direction of EHRs.” Recognizing that current problems in EHR use “are complex” and that “[s]olving these problems will require regulatory stability, the development of an acceptable … ...
April 29, 2015, Covington eHealth
In a recently released Data Brief, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) described trends in adoption of Basic EHR and certified EHR in non-federal acute care hospitals from 2008 to 2014. “Basic EHR represents a minimum use of core functionality determined to be essential to an EHR system.” “A certified … Continue ...
March 10, 2015, Covington eHealth
A study published in the March 2015 issue of Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) revealed that 91% of health-related websites initiated some type of HTTP request (HTTP is a request/response protocol, by which, for example, a computer sends a request for a file and the web server sends back a response) to … Continue Reading
February 4, 2015, Covington eHealth
On January 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs beginning in 2015. As explained by Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality and Chief Medical Officer, in an agency blog post, … ...
December 15, 2014, Covington eHealth
On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. “The Strategic Plan represents a coordinated and focused effort to appropriately collect, share, and use interoperable health information to improve health care, ...
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