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In this issue...
  • The Certified Revenue Integrity Professional (CRIP)
  • Keys to viable HIEs going forward
  • Ebola and HIPAA: How to comply
  • CMS adds extreme, uncontrollable exemption to meaningful use
  • HHS OIG to study meaningful use payments and EHR security
  • Prevention is key: Workplace violence in the hospital
  • US releases low 2015 Obamacare enrollment forecast
  • Shortage of Medicaid doctors? Not if you ask patients
  • HIPAA compliance: The case for data virtualization and masking




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    Keys to viable HIEs going forward
    FierceHealthIT
    Seven key elements are required to keep health information exchange organizations viable going forward, according to an article at the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association. They are: vision, a governance entity, a sustainability plan, value, workflow integration, trust, and interoperability with other HIE networks both within their state and across state boundaries.
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    Ebola and HIPAA: How to comply
    Healthcare IT News
    In emergency situations like the Ebola crisis that reached American soil this fall, do covered entities need to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule? New guidance put out by the Department of Health and Human Services sheds light on how exactly organizations are expected to adhere.
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    CMS adds extreme, uncontrollable exemption to meaningful use
    EHR Intelligence
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is adding "extreme and uncontrollable circumstances" as a meaningful use hardship exception for eligible providers to avoid upcoming penalties for failing to meet meaningful use as part of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, according to a final rule in the Federal Register.
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    HHS OIG to study meaningful use payments and EHR security
    Health Data Management
    The HHS Office of Inspector General expects in fiscal 2015 to review electronic health records meaningful use incentive payments and the security of electronic health records under the program.
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    Prevention is key: Workplace violence in the hospital
    By Keith Carlson
    With the recent news of several nurses in a Minnesota hospital being injured by a patient wielding a metal bar, the issue of healthcare workers facing violence in the workplace is again receiving media scrutiny. Hospitalized individuals are certainly under significant stress when facing recovery and treatment from acute illnesses or injuries, and intense emotions may often be at play.
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    US releases low 2015 Obamacare enrollment forecast
    Reuters
    The U.S. administration on Monday dramatically cut expectations for 2015 Obamacare enrollment, saying it aims to have a total of 9.1 million people enrolled in government-backed federal and state health insurance marketplaces next year.
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    Shortage of Medicaid doctors? Not if you ask patients
    The New York Times
    One longstanding concern about Medicaid is that too few doctors will accept it, because it tends to pay providers less generously than private plans do. This concern shows up in news articles about Medicaid, driven by evidence from doctors' offices. But if you ask Medicaid enrollees directly, they reveal that access to primary care is comparable to that for private plans.
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    HIPAA compliance: The case for data virtualization and masking
    Government Health IT
    When you think of important information that should remain protected, health data usually comes to mind. Data breaches are occurring more frequently and health care data has become a high target for hackers. In fact, a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report earlier this year found that the number of data breaches involving information such as taxpayer data, census data, social security information and patient health information has more than doubled in recent years — strong evidence that federal agencies are struggling to keep individuals' records private.
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