Walgreens ordered to pay a woman $1.44 million for a single HIPAA violation

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This is where it starts to get into real numbers. This is not the HIPAA fine - but rather what a jury awarded a woman when a Covered Entity disclosed a single HIPAA-covered record. This is in addition to any fine that they might get.

Here is the full story:
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/jury_says_walgreens_must_pay_1.44...

Meaningful Use Audits are Happening

The accounting firm of Figliozzi & Company will be conducting Meaningful Use Audits.  Depending upon the source it has been reported that anywhere from 5% to 10% of doctors who attested for Meaningful Use will face an audit. 
Some of these audits will be pre payment and some will be post payment.   Post payment audits began in 2012 and pre payment audits were announced in March of 2013.
Some of the audits will be random and others will be targeted. 

The Commonwell Health Alliance was announced at HIMSS in New Orleans in 2013.

This is an industry led initiative to achieve true interoperability. This represents an effort by a number of major EHR vendors to work together to achieve interoperability. Members of the Commonwell Health Alliance include Allscripts, Athena Health, Cerner, Greenway, McKesson, and Relay Health.

CMS Launches new E-Health Website

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CMS was at the 2013 HIMSS Meeting in New Orleans and representatives from CMS were on hand to discuss the new CMS E-Health Website. The site includes resources for providers to assist with understanding how to implement Health Information Technology. This site is coupled with a listserv that is intended to become “single source” of information on coordinating efforts toward implementing ICD-10, EHRs and meaningful use, operating standards, electronic quality measurement, and payment models.

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