Advanced Tissue Association News

CMS issues final rule to implement MACRA

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Oct 19, 2016

The CMS released a final rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and an American Medical Association analysis found it would exclude 30% of physicians from the law's merit-based incentive payment system. MIPS, one of two payment options in the law, will pay physicians based on quality, clinical practice improvement, resource use and advancing care information, and is tied to the EHR meaningful use program.

OCR urges health care practices to follow FTP-related cybersecurity guidelines

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Oct 19, 2016

Covered health care organizations and business associates should follow the SANS Institute's guidelines for ensuring cybersecurity with file transfer protocol and detecting and preventing cryptocurrency mining malware attacks, the HHS Office for Civil Rights' latest cybernewsletter states. The institute recommends conducting a detailed network-traffic analysis, keeping anti-virus and anti-malware software updated, limiting administrative privileges, and changing generic/shared user passwords and reviewing users' access rights.

GAO: CMS should make SNF expenditure data easier to access, use

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Oct 12, 2016

The CMS should improve public access to data the agency collects from skilled nursing facilities and should improve how it verifies that the data is accurate and comprehensive, according to the Government Accountability Office. HHS officials agreed that data should be easier to access and use but warned that substantial time and resources would be needed to better verify the data.

OCR: Health care BAs in violation of HIPAA if they block clients' PHI access

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Oct 05, 2016

Business associates of clinics, hospitals or other health care facilities that terminate or block their clients' access to patients' protected health information are violating the HIPAA privacy rule, according to guidance from HHS' Office for Civil Rights. Privacy attorney Adam Greene of Davis Wright Tremaine said the guidance is a warning to BAs and predicted that those found to be in violation of HIPAA could be "subject to potentially millions of dollars in penalties."

ONC resources aim to help providers maximize EHRs, health IT tools

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Sep 28, 2016

The ONC has released an EHR contract guide and a health IT playbook to help health care providers with acquiring and using EHRs and other health IT tools. The "EHR Contracts Untangled" guide aims to assist decision-makers and health care professionals with negotiating EHR acquisitions, while the online Health IT Playbook provides information on implementing and using health IT tools to advance care.

CMS repository to offer MU attestation assistance

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

Eligible providers and hospitals completing their meaningful use requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs can get help from the CMS through a central repository that will indicate which clinical data registries and public health agencies are ready to electronically receive public health reporting data. Registries may submit a CMS input form until Oct. 31 to become eligible for the 2017 repository.

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