Archive for March, 2015

New rules expected to arrive sometime this spring should reduce the 2015 Meaningful Use reporting period to just 90 days from the previously required full year. Many hospitals and health IT organizations were clamoring for a change to reduce the reporting burden for eligible providers and hospitals.

This change and the other proposals listed below will potentially help many providers who have already made steps towards implementing EHR systems but were not capable of reporting for the full year.

  • Realigning hospital reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other quality program.
  • Modifying other aspects of the programs to match long-term goals, reduce complexity and lessen providers’ reporting burden

The new rules are a welcome reaction to a letter written to CMS this past September co-signed by healthcare industry heavyweights CHIME, HIMSS, MGMA, AHA, and the AMA, urging the agency to address 2015 reporting period requirements. While adoption of EHRs has risen steadily since the first year of the EHR Incentive Program, many providers are struggling to provide all the necessary information in the time frame required. The letter proposed that HHS should “provide for a shortened, 90-day EHR reporting period in 2015, which would give time for providers to continue their transition without having to drop out of the program.”

The new rule “would be intended to be responsive to provider concerns about software implementation, information exchange readiness, and other related concerns in 2015,” wrote Patrick Conway, MD, chief medical officer at CMS, in a Jan. 29 blog post announcing the agency’s decision. “It would also be intended to propose changes reflective of developments in the industry and progress toward program goals achieved since the program began in 2011.”

 

Source: http://blog.cms.gov/2015/01/29/cms-intends-to-modify-requirements-for-meaningful-use/

Come visit with RISC at HIMSS15 in Chicago!

Booth 8175 – Cybersecurity Command Center, a HIMSS Knowledge Center

RISC and Virtual Auditor will be presenting at 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm CT on Tuesday, April 14th on Information Security Compliance Monitoring & Documentation

Location 8175 – Level 3 – Hall B1

Title: Effective Information Security in Healthcare

Description: RISC Management & Consulting

Why Do Healthcare Data Breaches Keep Happening? Learn the necessary foundational elements for an effective data privacy and information security program from industry expert Chris Heuman. RISC will demonstrate the key elements lacking from many security programs, and real world solutions to fill the gaps. Learn the most often used phrase after an incident or Data Breach has occurred and what you can do about it!

Remember to add Session ID: CS13 to your personal HIMSS15 calendar!

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Feel free to stop at our booth and chat about compliance challenges you may be experiencing. RISC and Virtual Auditor can help you determine the most effective and efficient solution for your organization.

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Join the GCC HIMSS Chapter at HIMSS15

Chicago welcomes the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 12-16, 2015, at McCormick Place. The GCC HIMSS Chapter will be hosting the event this year.  There’s an expected attendance of over 38,000 healthcare industry professionals ready to discuss health IT issues and view innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare. There are more than 300 education programs, preconference symposiums, workshops, 1200 exhibitors, networking, and special features such as the new Cybersecurity Command Center.

Thought leaders who will be acting as keynotes at the upcoming event, includes George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, leads a strong roster of speakers that also includes Alex Gourlay, President, Walgreens; Bruce D. Broussard, President & CEO, Humana; and Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of Trendhunter.com and Author of “Exploiting Chaos.”

To learn more about this year’s keynote speakers, visit www.himssconference.org.

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HIMSS15 New Attendee Orientation | Webinar

April 1, 2015 — 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT
Virtual Event

Session ID: CO1

Designed for those who are attending the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition for the first time, HIMSS staff will provide orientation in detail across the many programs and offerings available to attendees while providing tips and techniques for getting the most out of your conference experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition
  • Identify ways for first time attendees to maximize their Conference experience
  • Review opportunities among the three pillars of Education, Exhibition, and Networking

Or follow this link for a short video if you are a first time conference attendee: http://www.himssconference.org/first-time-attendees