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New Bob’s Blog Article on Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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HIPAA Self-Assessment for Covered Entities

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

HIPAA Self-Assessment for Covered Entities

Within this page is GHS/MMS’s HIPAA Self-Assessment for covered entities (in XLS format). We always like to suggest that every covered entity assess their HIPAA policies and procedures as soon as possible. If you would like to discuss this with me and my organization, we request that a confidentiality agreement be signed before consultation. Please feel free to call me, Chris Wolman @ 805.285.1835, to arrange this. Within this self-assessment, there are two worksheets. The first worksheet is the actual Assessment, and the second worksheet is the References to the actual text from HIPAA’s Privacy Rule (found within the Federal Register of the USA Federal Government). If you click on the Standards or the Specifications text highlighted in blue within the Assessment worksheet it will take you straight to the actual law’s text in the References worksheet section.

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Please understand this HIPAA Self-Assessment is in .xls (Microsoft Excel) format

September Client Alert

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Click the link to view a High-Quality PDF, Client Alert September

HL7 Standards To Be Free Of Charge

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The healthcare standards development organization, Health Level Seven, will make much of its intellectual property, including its key Clinical Document Architecture standard, available without charge to healthcare organizations and without the previously required HL7 membership.
“It’s been a year in the planning,” said Dr. Charles Jaffe, CEO of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based organization. The HL7 board took a final vote Aug. 1 to go forward with the plan. “I can tell you that the board was unanimous in this and as hard as it is to believe, they firmly will position this as, ‘This was the right thing to do.’ ”
The HL7 standards will not become open-source. Jaffe said users of HL7 will be required to enter into a license agreement once the plan is put into place in the first quarter of 2013. But the requirement that developers and other healthcare organizations become HL7 members to use the organization’s intellectual property will be dropped.
Every electronic health-record system vendor must use HL7 intellectual property to certify their systems as capable of meeting the meaningful-use criteria that are part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Questions? Feel free to call MMS at 805.547.1255 ext 148


Tuesday, August 28th, 2012


The final rule adds two new “core objectives” to the Stage 2 reporting requirements for physicians and hospitals.

  1. The first requirement, for physicians, is to use secure electronic messaging to communicate relevant health information with patients.
  2. The second requirement, for hospitals, is to automatically track medications from order to administration using “assistive technologies in conjunction with an electronic medication administration record (eMAR).

The final rule adds new “menu objectives” to the Stage 2 reporting requirements for physicians and hospitals.

  1. The final rule adds “outpatient lab reporting” to the program’s menu objectives for hospitals and “recording clinical notes” as a menu objective for both physicians and hospitals
  2. The rule lowered the requirement that providers submit summaries of care from 65% of “transitions of care and referrals” to just 50%
  3. Additionally, it eliminated the organizational and vendor limitations in the requirement that providers electronically transmit a summary of care for more than 10% of transitions of care and referrals to another provider with no organizational or vendor affiliations.
  4. Also, the final rule modifies the definition of “hospital-based” physicians to create an application process for physicians to demonstrate that they alone fund their EHR systems and are eligible to receive the incentive payments,

Since the Meaningful Use program began in January 2011, more than 120,000 eligible healthcare professionals and more than 3,300 hospitals have qualified to participate and receive incentive payments, according to the CMS. The rates of participation include more than half of all eligible hospitals and about 20% of eligible healthcare professionals. The Stage 3 phase will add another layer of health data collection and reporting requirements for the participating providers.

Remember, effective January 1, 2015, physicians’ payments from federally funded programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare will be modified to be based on the quality of care, not the volume; moreover, this quality of care is based on rules and regulations within healthcare reform. If you are not currently involved in the Meaningful Use program or on an EHR, we recommend these practices and providers to immediately address those needs and think about positioning their practice for the future