If your hospital is being raked over the coals in the media for alleged fraudulent billing, it’s understandable to want to set the record straight. However, releasing patient information without consent is not the wisest approach. 

California’s Shasta Regional Medical Center and its parent company Prime Healthcare Services have come under fire for aggressive Medicare

Need to educate the public about health information technology? How about an animated cartoon? According to an article entitled When Health IT Meets Bugs Bunny in Information Week Healthcare,  ONC is seeking bids from contractors to produce short animated films explaining the concepts in plain English. In the RFP, ONC noted:

"Although the widespread use of health IT

Looking to buy or upgrade your scheduling, billing and collection software? Want to make sure what you’re buying meets the latest HIPAA electronic standard transaction criteria and is able to handle the new ICD-10 codes? Shopping for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system that includes a practice management component and will qualify for HITECH subsidies? The American Medical Association and

Pennsylvania, get ready for another acronym: "QUICKSTEPS" (Quality Improvement and Care for Kids through Electronic Programs).  This is the state’s new five-year pediatric EMR initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, or CHIPRA. Using $10 million in federal grants, the state’s departments of

This is the seventh installment in a series of blog posts that relate to the governance concerns surrounding developments in HIPAA, HITECH and HIT.

For a number of months this series has been emphasizing the importance of establishing a credible and knowledgeable liaison at the governing body and/or senior administrative level to articulate and educate

[Installment 6 – Governance Considerations from HIT for the Board and Other Hospital Stakeholders]

On August 4, 2009 the Associated Press reported at http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-04-electronic-medical-records_N.htm that Sac-Osage Hospital, a 47-bed hospital in rural western Missouri, “is borrowing nearly $1 million to pitch its paper medical charts and purchase a state-of-the-art electronic health records  [EHR] system. The