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December, 2013

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December 31, 2013  12:47 PM

OIG extends sunset date for EHR safe harbor, Stark Law exception

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR systems, OIG, Stark law

Hospitals will be able to continue to give EHRs to providers under an extension to the anti-kickback safe harbor announced just before the exception was set to expire. The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the...

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December 17, 2013  1:29 PM

Providers concerned with EHR security, few fighting copy/paste fraud

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR copy and paste, EHR security, OIG, upcoding

Amid other EHR security concerns, few hospitals are protecting themselves from potential EHR copy and paste fraud. Less than a quarter (24%) of hospitals surveyed by the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirmed they had...


December 10, 2013  3:01 PM

ACOs, other healthcare payment models under focus in WEDI report

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
ACO, Pioneer ACO Model, WEDI

Organizations need a framework to assess critical attributes of alternative healthcare payment methods and to pinpoint technology solutions that can help avoid obstacles to implementing such payment methods, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) recommends in its annual...


December 3, 2013  3:34 PM

Patients with chronic conditions less likely to have Internet access

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
chronic conditions, Telemedicine

Patients with chronic conditions can educate themselves with online information, but they can only benefit provided they have access to the Internet. Access is something only 72% of Americans with chronic conditions report having, compared to 89% of adults with no chronic conditions. Though...


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