In an ongoing effort to battle the opioid crisis, Kentucky House Bill 342 was signed into law on March 26, 2019. This bill created a new statute, KRS 218A.182, to require that all prescriptions for controlled substances be submitted electronically, unless certain exceptions apply (the “EPCS Mandate”). Effective January 1, 2021, practitioners who prescribe controlled substances to be dispensed by a Kentucky pharmacy must issue the prescription electronically (“e-prescribe”) directly to the pharmacy unless an exception applies. Continue reading
Summary: CMS proposes new Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals that will require the hospital EHR to send electronic event notifications to post-acute care providers when a patient has been admitted, discharged, or transferred. What must hospitals do, and how much time is needed, to operationalize the new CoPs, considering a process will need to be developed that identifies providers who should and can receive these event notices? What will be required, and how much time is needed, to reconfigure EHRs to send the notifications and demonstrate compliance with the multiple facets of the CoP? Will PAC providers be obligated to operationalize the receipt and use of these notifications under the IMPACT Act? CMS is seeking stakeholder input on its proposal, including a reasonable time frame for implementation. Comments are due June 3, 2019.* Continue reading
What Happened. According to several healthcare news sources, on Thursday, January 18, 2018, Allscripts experienced a ransomware attack on the computer servers that host the Allscripts cloud-based EHR and the Allscripts cloud-based Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (“EPCS”) platform. Allscripts did not pay the ransom because it had recent data backups that were unaffected by the attack.¹
Initial Impact on Allscripts’ Clients. The EPCS reportedly was restored on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The EHR system reportedly continued to be adversely affected through at least Monday, January 22, 2018, with some providers still reporting log-in issues through Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Allscripts held a conference call with providers in which it advised providers that they may continue to experience usage interruptions with the cloud-based products until Allscripts completed a roll-out of security updates. During down times, Allscripts urged providers to use the Allscripts mobile solution (only available on the iPhone) to view medical histories and schedules but acknowledged that providers would be unable to Continue reading
On March 20-21, 2017, multiple healthcare technology companies came together in Washington, D.C. to host The Healthcare Blockchain Summit. Blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin technology, keeps data secure in a “distributed, encrypted ledger” while allowing control over who can access that ledger. This is the hottest technology being discussed today as a way to secure confidential or sensitive data.
The on-line technology publication, Wired, describes blockchain’s security method in a February 1, 2017 article as follows: “Rather than having one central administrator that acts as a gatekeeper to data—a list of digital transactions—there’s one shared ledger, but it’s spread across a Continue reading
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposed Meaningful Use criteria to implement Stage 3 and allow eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (“CAHs”) to qualify for incentive payments (or avoid downward payment adjustments) under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program implemented by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act of 2009. Then CMS made changes to Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria to better align with the proposed Stage 3 criteria just two weeks later.
On March 30, 2015, CMS published a long-awaited proposed rule which, if finalized, would implement Stage 3, making changes to the objectives and measures of meaningful use for providers effective in Continue reading