Stage 2 Delay

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It comes as no surprise that the Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a delay to the Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 requirements. At Stage 1 created loads of confusion, the delay of Stage 2 seemed…expected. Additionally, the HHS is clarifying that those who got their act together in 2011, wouldn’t be under a Read More

Google Health Kaput

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Engadget reports that Google is shutting down Google Health. This is/was a “service” that allowed you to give Google even more of your personal information. Sure, it wasn’t enough that Google tracks “everything” you do online, now they wanted to know your intimate health secrets. Hmm, but nobody used the service. I wonder why? Could Read More

Meaningful Use Explained?

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Isn’t it exciting when the government finally explains rules they set forth ? Isn’t it great when the government clearly and concisely details for all to understand the hoops that must be jumped through in order to receive money promised? I speak of course about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act Read More

De-Identified Health Information

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What does it take for PHI to not be PHI? Glad you asked…though in reality for a practice, this will not come up much, it is good to have an idea of what make a patient’s information PHI and therefore covered under HIPAA. Key Points: De-identified health information, as described in the Privacy Rule, is Read More