On May 12, 2017 The Department for Homeland Security released the following report:
US-CERT has received multiple reports of WannaCry ransomware infections in several countries around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored.
Can HIPAA compliance help covered entities and business associates prevent infections of malware, including ransomware?
Yes. The HIPAA Security Rule requires implementation of security measures that can help prevent the introduction of malware, including ransomware. Some of the required security measures include:
• implementing a security management process, which includes conducting a risk analysis to identify threats and vulnerabilities to electronic protected health information (ePHI) and implementing security measures to mitigate or remediate … Read More »
Important Upcoming CMS Deadline:
Reconsideration Forms for the 2017 Payment Adjustment Based on the 2015 EHR Reporting Period are due February 28, 2017
The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment—based on the 2015 EHR reporting period—is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
Please visit the CMS website to find the EP Reconsideration Application. Complete this application if you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in error.
For more guidance on completing the application, review the EP Reconsideration Instructions or e-mail email@example.com.
For More Information
For more information on Payment Adjustments and Hardship applications, or for information on reporting requirements, please visit the EHR Incentive Programs webpage.
Contact the Kentucky REC with your questions. Our advisors are … Read More »
Closing 2015 Program Year
Eligible Providers (EPs) in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program finished attestations for the 2015 program on March 11, 2016.
EPs in the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program just finished their 2015 program year submissions on May 31, 2016.
If you did not attest or attested to AIU only, make sure you have filed your hardship application if you are a dual eligible provider who has both Medicare Part B charges and Medicaid charges OR if you are a Medicare Part B eligible provider.
The deadline for the hardship application is July 1, 2016. Hardship application and instructions available here.
If you did attest or submitted an AIU with Medicaid, you need to keep all documentation used for 6 years in case of an audit. This includes anything used to compile summary reports.
Action Plan for 2016 … Read More »
Sending you and your family tidings of comfort and joy. Here’s to a happy and productive 2016.
Happy Independence Day from your friends at Kentucky REC!