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Protecting patient information is a necessary duty for medical providers who are tasked to “first, do no harm.” In addition to its ethical priority, protecting patient information is required for health care organizations under the HIPAA Security Rule, the EHR Incentive Program, and the Merit-

 

In 2019 there have been 173 confirmed data breaches reported on the OCR breach portal. This time last year there were only 68 listed. So far, this has not been a good year for patient related security incidents and after this latest large-scale breach it certainly won’t help the numbers. Once

 

The Michigan Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program attestation system opened Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to accept submissions for Eligible Professionals (EP) attesting for the first time.

Who can submit now?

Providers who:

1)

 

The first annual National Care Transitions Awareness Day is set to raise awareness and promote action on the importance of safe and effective care transitions. CMS is hosting a day-long summit which feature leaders and innovators in health care as well as engaging and interactive speaker

 

Ransomware attacks might not be as frequent as in previous years. However, they still are a common attack vector in 2019. Recently, a Michigan medical practice was completely compromised due to a ransomware attack that not only locked the medical practice out of accessing patient health

 

In December 2018, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices, a set of voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for the private sector that leverages the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework to address

 

As of December 11, 2018, M-CEITA has supported 2,815 unique providers in engaging with the Promoting Interoperability (Meaningful Use) program, assisting with 2,093 successful attestations with 75 unique EHR products. It is projected that 876 eligible providers using the M-CEITA program services

 

M-CEITA’s Kelly Schonhardt served as an expert panelist for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) year three national CMS webinar on November 27 & 29, 2018. The webinar, titled Overview of the 2019 Final Rule: Implications for Solo and Small Group Practices, features changes and best practices

 

The State of Michigan recently announced that providers attesting to the Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program will be required to report Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) data electronically using the Clinical Quality Measure Reporting and Repository Service (CQMRR, pronounced “skimmer

 

Did you know there is still time to earn incentives?
If you have previously participated in the MDHHS Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program (formerly known as the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program or Meaningful Use), you may qualify for incentives for the 2019 Program Year.