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In 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its final rule for Stage 2 criteria that eligible providers must meet to continue participation in the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for Medicare and Medicaid. Before moving into Stage 2, all eligible providers must achieve meaningful use under Stage 1 criteria. This report explains what meaningful use is, the requirements of meaningful use stage 2, how to avoid penalties, and more.
With the enactment of HIPAA, the government is sending forth a clear message that patients have privacy rights in their information. Healthcare professionals should ensure that they have the necessary training in HIPAA compliance measures to adequately determine whether a disclosure of patient information is allowed under the law. Making an illegal disclosure of patient information could carry civil and criminal penalties. It could also trigger a HIPAA violation and cause the OCR to scrutinize one's healthcare organization. While it's always best to read through the actual HIPAA regulations, consult the HHS.gov website, or speak with a superior as to whether a disclosure is warranted, this report is a great place to start in understanding whether or not to disclose information.