Showing posts with label ARRA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ARRA. Show all posts

Friday, March 7, 2014

EHR Incentives Exceed $22.5B?

Based on the latest projections by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)EHR (electronic health record) incentive payments may exceed the current $22.5 billion estimated payout.

The incentive program, formed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has funded 89% of hospitals and 65% of physicians.

"To date, 4,477 hospitals of 5,011 total eligible ones have received more than $13.8 billion in payments under the Medicare or Medicaid programs, or both."
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The growing use of EHRs has also made identity theft of patients' personal and medical information easier. Healthcare organizations can proactively detect identity theft by utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - www.cms.gov, 03/07/2014

Friday, February 18, 2011

81% of Hospitals Plan to Achieve Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR)

81% of hospitals plan to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) over the next 10 years. This allows them to take advantage of $27 billion in incentive payments according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

65% of hospitals say that they adopt EHR in 2011 and 2012 in order to enroll in Stage 1 of the government's incentive programs. An additional 16% of hospitals plan to adopt EHR between 2012 and 2010.

A significant challenge in achieving Meaningful Use is the strict patient data privacy requirements. Hospitals will need to demonstrate they can effectively detect inappropriate accesss to patient data ("snooping").
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32.4%of office-based physicians plan to adopt EHR in 2011 and 2012 in order to enroll in Stage 1 of the government's incentive programs. An additional 8.6% plan to adopt EHR between 2012 and 2010. In total 41% of office-based physicians plan to achieve meaningful use of EHR over the next 10 years.

29.6% of primary care physicians have already adopted a basic EHR, up 50% from 2008's 19.8% adoption rate. While basic EHRs provide a point-of-entry for physician offices, most would need to further upgrade their EHR systems -- or their use of the systems -- to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments.
"I believe we are seeing the tide turn toward widespread and accelerating adoption and use of health IT." - David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT
Sources:
(a) 81% Of Hospitals To Seek EHR Incentives - InformationWeek, January, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Insurance Company Fined by Attorney General for Violations of Security Breach Notice Laws

The Attorney General of Vermont filed a complaint and proposed settlement regarding the loss of protected health information by Health Net, Inc., and Health Net of the Northeast, Inc.

The settlement includes a fine of $55,000, a mandatory data-security audit, and reports on the company’s information security programs for the next two years.

Previously Health Net had been fined $250,000 to settle a HIPAA lawsuit by the Connecticut Attorney General and fined $375,000 by Connecticut Insurance Department over a health information breach.(b)
"Companies must be careful to prevent Vermonters’ sensitive information, especially their medical records, from falling into the wrong hands." - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell (a)
Learn how the Veriphyr Identity and Access Intelligence service effectively prevents or quickly detects inappropriate access to electronic medical records.

Sources:
(a) Attorney General Settles Security Breach Allegations Against Health Insurer - The office of the Attorney General of Vermont, 1/2011
(b) Health Net Fined Again for Breach - Healthcare Info Security, 1/2011


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Public and Doctors Agree on Importance of Medical Privacy

Revealing survey by the Markle Foundation on the importance of breach notification when medical records are improperly accessed, as well as, a patient's right to review who has accessed their medical information.

Medical Breach Notification
Over 80% of doctors and the public said it was important "individual patients be notified if their information falls into unauthorized hands" - Merkle Foundation, 12/2010

(Merkle Foundation, 12/2010)
Patient Review of Medical Record Access Log
Over 70% of doctors and the public said it was important "patients be able to review who has had access to their personal health information" - Merkle Foundation, 12/2010
(Merkle Foundation, 12/2010 )
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For more of the results from the Markle foundation poll go to: "Markle Survey: Public and Doctors Agree on Importance of Specific Privacy Safeguards - Merkle Foundation, 12/2010"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

EMR/EHR Software to Reach $3.8 Billion in 2015

IDC reports healthcare spending on software for electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR) is expected to grow to $3.8 billion in 2015 from $2 billion in 2009.

IDC's report, U.S. Electronic Health and Medical Records 2009-2015 -- Meaningful Use Spending Forecast and Analysis, focuses on the effect of the federal government's incentive programs for the adoption of meaningful use of EMR/EHR.

The report also highlights the growth of on-demand applications and storage to speed deployment and reduce the total cost of healthcare IT by converting it from a capital expenditure (CAPEX) to an operational expenditure (OPEX).

"The incentives provided by ARRA as well as the future penalties for non-implementors ... will fuel investments in electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR) and other enabling technologies." - Judy Hanover, research director for IDC Health Insights

Learn how to rapidly achieve meaningful use of EHR/EMR with Veriphyr on-demand service for privacy breach detection and user access compliance.

Sources:
(a) U.S. Electronic Health and Medical Records 2009-2015 -- Meaningful Use Spending Forecast and Analysis - IDC, December, 2010

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