According to a report from Bloomberg, the final rule on Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’ Electronic Health Records (EHRs) incentive program is slated to be released in early September. Citing a CMS official, Bloomberg says this was revealed during a webinar recently that was co-sponsored by CMS and the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management.
The proposed rule for Stage 2 of meaningful use was released in early March. The feedback period featured concerns from providers about the number of clinical quality measures, and the requirement that 10 percent of patients “seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period (or their authorized representatives) view, download or transmit to a third party their health information.”
Along with news on the release of the Stage 2 final rule, the Bloomberg story cited a specialist within CMS 's Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Robert Anthony, who said moving forward CMS will audit providers participating in the meaningful use incentive program. The majority, he said, would be desk audits.
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.