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EHR Certification: Who, What,
When, and How Much Will it Cost?

Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

The comment window for a temporary measure that would appoint organizations to test and certify EHR systems has closed, but debate on the final certification program is ongoing. All of the questions about ONC-authorized testing and certification bodies won't be answered until ONC issues its final rule. But there are hints of what's to come, including who will apply for ATCB status and how much they might charge for the service, as well as some comments that could impact the final rule. [Read More]
April 13, 2010
Editor's Picks
Masspro's Bell to Succeed Leavitt at CCHIT
After a five-month, nationwide search, Karen M. Bell, MD, has been named chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, effective April 26. Bell, an internist, and most recently the senior vice president of HIT Services at Masspro, replaces retiring chair Mark Leavitt, MD, who led CCHIT since its inception in 2004. "[Dr. Bell's] background as a practicing physician, as an expert in health information technology, and in quality assurance efforts in both the public and private sectors makes her uniquely qualified to head the Certification Commission," said Frank Trembulak, COO of Geisinger Health System, and chair of the CCHIT board of trustees. [Read More]

Is Free the Right Price for an EMR?
Is a free Web-based EMR system too good to be true? San Francisco-based Practice Fusion offers a free Web-based EMR system that's funded by Google's AdSense program, serving up ads for insurers, medical equipment suppliers, and pharmaceutical companies based on keywords. HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor Carrie Vaughan takes a look at four questions to ask in addition to "How much does it cost?" Physicians should investigate all of the offerings available to them, whether open source, closed source, or free, says Steven E. Waldren, MD, director of the American Academy of Family Physicians' Center for Health IT. [Read More]

Hard Drive Theft Now Threatens 1 Million Customers
The theft of 57 hard drives from a BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee training facility last fall has put at risk the private information of nearly one million customers in at least 32 states, the insurer said. So far, there has been no documented identity theft or credit fraud affecting BlueCross members as a result of this incident, BCBS of Tennessee said in a release. [Read More]

Privacy Act Protects Some Practices With Patient Data Breaches
In response to a news story on the HealthLeaders Media site, the Office for Civil Rights said a 36-year-old privacy law prohibits it from posting on its breach notification Web site the names of private practitioners who report breaches of unsecured PHI affecting 500 or more individuals. OCR said private practitioners who report these major breaches of unsecured PHI are considered "individuals" as defined by the Privacy Act of 1974. As of April 12, 59 entities reported breaches of 500 or more, eight of which were listed as "private practice." That nearly doubles the initial report of 32 reporting entities when OCR made its Web site public in late February. [Read More]

Time to Tell Your Leadership Team's Story
The deadline is approaching to enter the seventh annual Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Awards—a program that celebrates stories of great healthcare leadership in hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. There are five categories: large hospitals and health systems (500 or more licensed beds); community and mid-sized hospitals (100 to 499 licensed beds); small hospitals (fewer than 100 licensed beds); health plans (state, regional, and national); and medical group practices (physician-owned, single- or multi-specialty groups employing 25 or more physicians). Winners will be announced nationally and profiled in an issue of HealthLeaders magazine. Last year's winners included Denver Health & Hospital, Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, WA, Cary Medical Center in Caribou, ME, NorthShore University Health System Medical Group in Evanston, IL, and Independent Health in Williamsville, NY. [Learn More]
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