Deadline for HITECH disclosure rule is now 'fluid,' federal official says


A controversial "accounting of disclosures" provision of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act will probably not be finalized before the scheduled Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for compliance, according to a senior Department of Health and Human Services official.

'Reboot' health information program to achieve better acute, post-acute care coordination, report says


The federal program to encourage adoption of health information technology is seriously troubled and should be reexamined, according to a report released Wednesday by six Republican senators.

HIPAA will keep changing, federal official tells industry association


Providers can expect increased enforcement and continuing rule changes related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), according to a prominent industry group.

Healthcare information will be plentiful for providers at this meeting

The Healthcare Information Management Systems and Society is hosting its annual conference Sunday through Wednesday in Orlando, FL. More than 400 educational sessions will be offered at HIMMS11, covering topics such as the HITECH Act, standards, interoperability, Meaningful Use provisions, and more. More than 29,000 individuals are expected to attend.

HHS withdraws health record breach notification rule from review

The Department of Health and Human Services has temporarily withdrawn a final rule requiring certain healthcare facilities to notify patients when there is a breach of the privacy of their "unsecured" health information.

Health lawyers to tackle arbitration, HITECH and health reform at annual meeting

The American Health Lawyers Association will hold its annual meeting next week in Seattle. Education session topics will include the arbitration process, an overview of HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act regulations, and changes to Medicare Parts A and B under healthcare reform.