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News by Topic: Health information technology

May 10, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2023. Contains details of changes impacting Critical Access Hospital (CAH); Medicare graduate medical education for teaching hospitals; inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals; and quality reporting programs, among other things. This proposed rule also provides updates on the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program and the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP). Comments are due by June 17, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 6, 2022 - Describes barriers to providing equal access to telehealth, covering racial, age, and rural disparities in telehealth use, issues related to technology access and literacy, and broadband access. Notes ongoing telehealth challenges and concerns related to primary language, housing instability, substance use disorder medications, and patient privacy.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Apr 28, 2022 - Article discussing a variety of challenges facing rural healthcare, including workforce sustainability issues, cybersecurity, financial viability, and capacity to provide specialty care. Notes that rural hospital closures are a warning sign of the issues affecting most rural hospitals, which typically operate on a break-even basis, and describes ways to pursue innovation and alternative rural healthcare models as solutions to current challenges.
Source: Rural Innovation Exchange
Apr 28, 2022 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is allowing an additional 30 days to comment on an information collection titled "Information Security Ticketing and Incident Reporting." This information collection provides federal employees, tribal employees, contractors, and other non-federal employees with a means to report IHS information technology (IT) security and privacy incidents. Comments are due by May 31, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 11, 2022 - Discusses the increasing threat of ransomware attacks on hospitals and health services organizations and the high risk and costs to rural hospitals if they fall victim to a cyber attack. Highlights a ransomware case at a rural Oregon hospital that disrupted services in October 2020 and notes the vulnerability of rural facilities and the importance of robust health information technology systems.
Source: Stat
Apr 6, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comment on certain provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. HHS is requesting information on how covered entities and business associates understand and are implementing "recognized security practices," how they anticipate adequately demonstrating that recognized security practices are in place, and other implementation issues they are considering or would like the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to clarify for the public and stakeholders through potential guidance or rulemaking. Comments are due by June 6, 2022.
Source: Federal Register