September 19, 2014
Considering the recurring security breaches happening in the health care industry, it’s reassuring to hear that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to take measures to ensure that the healthcare.gov site is secure, prior to the next renewal period. CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner made that promise during a meeting of the members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday.
CMS will carry out 28 improvements, 22 technical and six executive action recommendations from the Government Accountability Office. Tavenner also stated, “Our intent is to complete a full end-to-end [security test] later this month or October.” These updates will limit the security risks and provide a safer user experience for healthcare.gov.
Cerner’s acquisition of Siemens Health Services is one step closer to completion. This week, the Federal Trade Commission approved an early termination of the deal’s waiting period under antitrust laws.
The acquisition is scheduled to occur in the first quarter of 2015, and things appear to be on track. “We’re pleased to have cleared this important regulatory hurdle and to be one step closer to integrating Siemens Health Services and its clients into the Cerner family,” stated Dick Flanigan, Cerner SVP, in a press statement yesterday.
If you’re a Siemens customer, it’s important to understand the implications of the acquisition. Get more information here.
The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday would require Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow a 90-day measurement period in 2015 for Meaningful Use / MIPS attestation.
A change to a 90-day measurement period would make a substantial difference (up to nine additional months) to providers who are currently struggling to implement the required technologies for stage 2. A broad range of industry organizations, including CHIME, AMA, and AHIMA have all spoken out in recent weeks in favor of this move.