The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services ("CMS") announced that it is extending the date for electronic reporting under the Medicare Secondary Payer rules for all Non-Group Health Plans from April 1, 2010 to January 1, 2011.
On February 17, 2010, HHS will begin to enforce changes to the HIPAA enacted through the HITECH Act. The new requirements imposed by the HITECH Act will have a significant impact on the privacy and security of personal health information and compliance efforts of affected healthcare Covered Entities and their Business Associates. The HITECH Act has expanded the direct applicability of the Privacy and Security Rules to Business Associates. Significant changes may be necessary to comply with the new requirements.
The federal government moves ahead with its incentive program for the adoption of electronic health records.
Jackson Kelly lawyer James W. Thomas recently wrote an article that explores a pair of coordinated regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 13 which will define “meaningful use” for electronic health record systems.
To read Thomas’ article that appeared in the Jan. 29, 2010 edition of The State Journal, click here.
The State Journal is a weekly business newspaper in West Virginia.