The Compliance INSIDER

OCR Comments on HIPAA HITECH Rules to be Released in 2011

A senior official with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said recently that the enforcer of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule plans to release final rules regarding HITECH and HIPAA next year.

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First Certifiers of EHR Systems and Technology are Named

Healthcare professionals and their vendors can now begin to seek certification for EHR systems and technologies.

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EHR Incentives Registration

CMS and ONC encouraged broad participation and outlined online and in-person resources that are in place to assist eligible professionals and eligible hospitals who wish to participate. Registration is now available for eligible health care professionals who wish to participate in the Medicare EHR incentive program.

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Are Safety Needles Really Required?

Some medical offices are of the opinion that the practice of using safety needles is a bother. What does OSHA say?

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Retention of MSDS Files

Recently, many offices have inquired about the duration Material Safety Data Sheets (“MSDS”) need to be kept for products which are no longer used.

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HIPAA Reasonable Safeguards

HIPAA requires that covered entities have in place “appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards” for protected health information (PHI).

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