My partner Elizabeth Litten and I were interviewed by Marla Durben Hirsch for her Medical Practice Compliance Alert article “HIPAA, ICD-10 Among 6 Compliance Trends That Will Affect You in 2014.” While the full text can be found in the January 6, 2014 issue of Medical Practice Compliance Alert, a synopsis is noted below.

CMS should improve its oversight of its electronic health record incentive program, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General released this month.   The government watchdog agency faults CMS for both inadequate prepayment safeguards and insufficient postpayment monitoring of recipients of federal funding intended to help cover the costs of adoption and implementation

The OIG is conducting a survey of hospitals who have certified the meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology, with an emphasis on safeguards that protect the EHR systems from fraudulent access or alteration. A generous hospital compliance officer who has asked to remain nameless has provided me with a copy of the survey

                 Six healthcare advocacy organizations have released an updated 2011 Guide to E-Prescribing, including Meaningful Use criteria under the HITECH Act.   The document is a comprehensive guide for practices covering acquisition, implementation and utilization of e-prescribing technology. The original version was published in 2008, which is now relatively antiquated — technology years being roughly

In a detailed, 46-page letter dated February 25, 2011, the American Medical Association and 38 other medical societies raised serious concerns about the proposed set of requirements for Stage 2 of the Medicare/Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) meaningful use incentive programs.

 

The letter, addressed to Joshua Seidman, PhD of the Office of the National

Early EHR adopters, mark your calendars:  CMS will begin accepting registration for participation in the Medicare EHR incentive program beginning January 3,  2010.   CMS will post a link to the registration process on its Registration and Attestation page on January 3.  The sooner you apply, the sooner you can begin to qualify for the $44,000 in additional Medicare