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November 2, 2010Posted by on
So HIPAA and HITECH compliance are underway. Fines and penalties have been levied on organizations who fell victim breaches and data loss. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and Attorney General’s office (AG) can pursue fines on behalf of the people; since they will be allowed to keep portion of fines they collect, we can expect increased compliance efforts from both agencies.
Larger hospitals, clinics and associated practices are already in the process of ensuring compliance (or have plans to get started soon) but what are the smaller, independent clinics and practitioners in the underserved communities doing to ensure compliance? They also need to meet the same compliance requirements, however, they do not have the same resources as their larger counter parts.
Then there is the EMR/EHR portion, which is not really a part of HIPAA and HITECH, but part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which provides up to $44,000 per doctor for Medicaid and $63,000 per doctor for Medicare – yes, that’s per doctor and not practice. How can the smaller clinics and practices ensure that they qualify to receive the portion of the $20 billion of the incentive?
Much information is available on the Internet about HIPAA and HITECH compliance, and ARRA EMR incentive. In an effort to prevent digital divide we will try to distill the information and provide relevant content to help smaller clinics and practices working within underserved communities to meet HIPAA and HITECH compliance and implement EMR solution.
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