Monday, November 10, 2014

2015 EHR Audits

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will continue to pay close attention to the healthcare industry's use of electronic health records (EHRs) – in particular HIPAA security, EHR incentive payments and fraud, according to their 2015 work plan.

"OIG will need to adopt oversight approaches that are suited to an increasingly sophisticated healthcare system and that are tailored to protect programs and patients from existing and new vulnerabilities," stated Daniel R. Levinson, U.S. inspector general.

"The EHR audits are coming." - Healthcare IT News
To date, $25 billion have been paid to healthcare providers as incentives to use EHRs. In 2015 the OIG will "perform audits of various covered entities receiving EHR incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and their business associates to determine whether they adequately protect electronic health information created or maintained by certified EHR technology." Healthcare organizations and business associates can proactively protect health data from identity theft and privacy breach by utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) More EHR audits to come in 2015 - www.HealthcareITnews.com,11/6/2014

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