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July 31, 2013 

ONC-Sponsored White Paper on Key EHR Contract Terms

This document uses accessible, plain language to explain key legal terms that are necessary for health care providers to understand when negotiating agreements with EHR vendors.

   
July 15, 2013 CE Online Course Helps With New HIPAA Rules

New rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act require covered dental practices to make changes to how they comply with the law. ADA CE Online is offering a new online course to assist dental practices with compliance.
   
June 17, 2013 Feds Change How Providers Apply Identification Number on Insurance Claims

Any health care provider that uses electronic transactions—such as claims or eligibility verifications—is considered a covered entity under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standard and is required under federal law to include an NPI on electronic transactions.
   
May 20, 2013 Never Trust A Photocopier

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a series of steps business owners can take to ensure their copiers are secure. The guidelines are especially pertinent to health care providers who may make copies of patient records or other documents that include patients' private health information.
   
May 17, 2013 Medicare EHR Incentives Reduced

Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to dentists and other eligible professionals will be reduced by 2 percent under sequestration's mandatory budget cuts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.
Medicaid EHR incentive payments are exempt from the mandatory reductions.
   
May 16, 2013 Knowing the Basics of EHR Incentive Programs (PDF)

Cathy Costello, J.D., Project Manager for Regional Extension Center Services for the Ohio Health Information Partnership
Herminio S. Navia, Jr. RN, Program Director, NJ-HITEC Medicaid Specialist Program


The short answer to whether dentists are eligible for EHR incentives is “It depends.” Theoretically, all dentists are eligible for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs since dentists were included in the provider categories established by the federal EHR incentive program statutes. Practically speaking, since Medicare pays for very little dental work the dentist’s eligibility would depend on his/her work through the Medicaid program run by each state individually.
   
March 11, 2013 ADA Updating HIPAA Manual

HIPAA-covered entities, including covered dental practices, will have an additional 180 days from the March 26, 2013 effective date to comply with applicable requirements of the omnibus final rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
   
January 28, 2013 New HIPAA Rules Issued

The Association is reviewing an omnibus final rule issued January 17, 2013 by the US Department of Health and Human Services to extend patient privacy and security protections under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
   
October 15, 2012 Virtual Game Helps Security 

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer released a new Web-based game, CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice to help health care providers determine if they are on the right track to keeping their patient information secure.