The new deadline is Nov. 30, 2014. The original deadline was April 1, 2014 for EHs and July 1, 2014 for EPs. In a message on the CMS site, the agency says the reopened period is for EPs and EHs that haven’t been able to fully implement 2014 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) due to delay in availability and EPs who were unable to attest by Oct. 1, 2014 and EHs unable to attest by July 1, 2014 using the flexibility options recently finalized by the CMS.
Last week, a CMS spokesperson told HCI that the majority of exemption requests are coming from first-time attestations that are experiencing issues with their 2014 certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).
CMS announced the reopening of the hardship exception submission period quietly through Twitter. The application itself can be found here. At the same time, CMS announced that $16.2 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments and $8.5 billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program have been paid out through August of this year.
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.
In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.