More HITECH Rules Coming July 13

Meaningful Use Guidelines, EHR Software Standards to be Unveiled
More HITECH Rules Coming July 13
Two final rules tied to the federal incentive program for electronic health records, both of which touch on privacy and security issues, will be released July 13.

The Department of Health and Human Services will hold a press briefing at 10 a.m. EDT to unveil the final version of the so-called "meaningful use" rule that defines how hospitals and physicians must use EHRs to qualify for the Medicare and Medicaid incentives under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, also known as the HITECH Act. Also to be unveiled is the final version of a rule spelling out standards for certifying that EHR software meets the qualifications for the incentive program.

On July 8, HHS unveiled a proposal to update the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules, which was required under the HITECH Act. And on June 24, HHS introduced a final rule for a temporary program for selecting certifiers for EHRs under the incentive program.


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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

News Editor, ISMG

Anderson is news editor of Information Security Media Group and was founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.




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