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Healthcare Sector Scrambles for New Year’s Deadline for EHR Conversion

Published November 15, 2011 7:43 AM by Jill Hoffman

A deadline requiring every sector of the healthcare system to meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) version 5010 for conversion to electronic health records (EHRs) takes effect January 1, 2012, and has many entities racing to meet the deadline.

According to the Dark Daily enewsletter, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is maintaining a hard-line position regarding the deadline, according to an article in Modern Healthcare. "There is no wiggle room," says Denise Buenning, director of the Administrative Simplification Group in CMS’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services. "We’re holding fast to the date."

Industry experts and healthcare technology leaders say the CMS may need a contingency plan for noncompliant organizations. A recent survey (ICD-10/5010 Readiness Survey) conducted by the HIMSS and published in Healthcare IT News shows a significant number of healthcare entities are not prepared for 5010 implementation.

The HIMSS also reports that 38% of healthcare entities surveyed had a 5010 implementation plan in place in May 2010 and 52% did by December 2010.

posted by Jill Hoffman

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