CMS Issues New and Updated HIPAA and HITECH Act FAQs: EHR Incentive Payment Start Dates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) periodically issues new and updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  HIPAA.com will periodically reproduce new and updated Questions and Answers pertaining to HIPAA Administrative Simplification standards and implementation specifications and to HITECH Act provisions that will be of interest to its readers.  This FAQ [ID#9807] was created on June 22, 2009, and updated by CMS on August 18, 2009. Question:  When will CMS begin to pay incentives to eligible professionals and hospitals for using certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? Answer:  By statute [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009], the earliest dates that CMS will be able to pay an incentive under Medicare…

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Direct Data Entry-No Change in the 5010 Final Rule

In the August 17, 2000 Final Rule for Standards for Electronic Transactions, direct data entry was defined as “direct entry of data (for example, using dumb terminals or web browsers) that is immediately transmitted into a health plan’s computer.” [65 Federal Register 50367] An exception for direct data entry was articulated in the August 17, 2000, Final Rule: A health care provider electing to use direct data entry offered by a health plan to conduct a transaction for which a standard has been adopted under this part must use the applicable data content and data condition requirements of the standard when conducting the transaction. The health care provider is not…

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One Week from Today: 5010/D.0 Final Rule Effective Date

They’re coming: the Ides of March (the 14th); NCAA Basketball Tournament Announcement (the 15th); St. Patrick’s Day (the 17th); and 5010/D.0 Final Rule Effective Date (the 17th). If you are a covered entity, Level 1 testing begins Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Here are five things you need to do to start. Conduct a Gap Analysis. What do I need to do to become compliant on January 1, 2012? That date sounds far off, but it will be here before you know it. Unlike previous transaction contingency periods for covered entities and their trading partners, HHS has indicated that there will be no tolerance for those not ready. Read the final…

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Is Your Covered Entity Preparing for 5010/D.0 Testing? Part 2: Level 2 Testing

On March 17, 2009, the Final Rules for Modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) become effective. HIPAA.com has available for download the final rules for 5010/D.0 as published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009 (pp.3295-3328). The effective date is “the date that the policies set forth in this final rule take effect, and new policies are considered to be officially adopted.” [p.3302]. All covered entities are to be in compliance with 5010/D.0 on January 1, 2012. Testing can occur “from the date of the final rule until the compliance date for Versions 5010 and D.0.” [p. 3306] The Final Rules outline two levels of…

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