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David Finn | 09 Jun 2013 | 1 comment

We've been talking about the alignment of healthcare and banking (Financial Services and Health Insurance payers) since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed . . . it actually happens in 2014 and here is the beginning of Medical Banking. A new report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (attached) covers the new electronic fund transfer and electronic remittance advice HIPAA transactions that were mandated in January 2014.

Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans must support EFT upon provider request, and Medicare will require its use. Reform-authorized “operating rules” to make the EFT and ERA transactions more standardized also take effect in January.

The report walks through the EFT and ERA regulations, explains how business processes will change for health care organizations and their trading partners, and gives examples of best practices for implementing the transactions and their operating rules.

David Finn | 24 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Well, if you are like me, you were hoping that maybe December would slow down a bit and you could get caught up.  I remember when it used to work like that - - not so much anymore.  So, now that Christmas Eve is upon us, I'm trying to catch up with the blog I was supposed to have done two weeks ago.  I didn't get that done because I was at the 1st HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum . . . and now that it is over.  I can talk about it.

Which brings me to the title of this blog:  “What do Catie the Lobby Dog and the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum have in common?”  Here's a bit of a clue - - Catie is actually Catie Copley, Canine Ambassador (her title comes right from her business card) at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. And if you haven't figured it out, yet, that is where HIMSS had its first ever Privacy and Security Forum. Anyhow, it was a great conference with a broad range of nationally-recognized...

David Finn | 29 Oct 2012 | 1 comment

The demand for professionals to fill health IT jobs continues, as noted in this recent article, in AllVoices: ”The U.S. Department of Labor has earmarked both healthcare and information technology as two job sectors that are expected to show real growth in the next few years, but when the two are combined, the job prospects soar.” I asked one of our HIMSS e-Executive Mentors and former HIMSS Board member, David Finn, to share his perspective on the health IT job market.  It all comes down to leadership . . . my comments can be found on the HIMSS Blog at:

http://blog.himss.org/2012/10/26/health-it-jobs-a-...

Axel Wirth | 08 Oct 2012 | 4 comments

We can rightfully assume that everybody who uses a computer or mobile device to connect to the Internet, whether for personal or professional reasons, is aware of the impact of hackers and malware on our online experience. Even if we have not personally been hacked, we are only too aware of the defenses we have to put in place to protect our identities, our information, and our equipment. Anti-Malware software on our devices, spam filters for our email, firewalls to protect our networks, etc. We need to pay for them, maintain them, and we need them to allow us to do what we need to, or enjoy doing – interacting with social media, web surfing, communicating, shopping, studying, and more.

Yet, the U.S. government just told us there is another thing to worry about. Those of us who use implanted electronic medical devices, like pacemakers, neuro-stimulators, or insulin pumps, were just told that these devices, just like our computers or smartphones, may be at risk of being...

Sarah Muckler | 10 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

David Finn, Symantec's Healthcare IT Officer, shared this article with Symantec's Healthcare Team and I felt it was valuable to pass on.

 

Multi-Factor Authentication Gets a Boost

Advisers Endorse Requirement for HITECH Stage 3

By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, September 7, 2012.

A federal advisory group has endorsed requiring multi-factor authentication in certain cases for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program.

Stage 3 is slated to begin in 2015, and rules are in the early discussion stages at the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS recently issued final rules for Stage 2, which starts in 2014 (see:...

David Finn | 05 Sep 2012 | 4 comments

To:  HIMSS Emerging Professionals,

Registration is open for the September 14th Emerging Professionals webinar:

Meaningful Mentoring or Mentoring for Fun & Profit (Everybody’s)*

David S. Finn, CISA, CISM, CRISC, Health IT Officer, Symantec

A seriously light-hearted look at what being a mentor is all about.  We’ll learn how mentoring got started, what it means to be one and that there can be different mentors for different needs.

  • Learn and understand what a mentor is:  historically, by definition and in application
  • Recognize there may be different mentors for different needs and how to go about finding one
  • Be familiar with different kinds of mentors, personal & professional

 

Friday, September 14th

12:00 – 1:00 PM Central

 

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Sarah Muckler | 20 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire -08/15/12)- Symantec Corp. (SYMC) today announced that the Gynecological Oncology Group's Statistical and Data Center (GOG SDC), one of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) funded cooperative cancer research groups, now has 30 times more backup capacity efficiency and combined protection across physical and virtual environments. Symantec Backup Exec 2012's new user interface lets GOG SDC easily set up and configure backups across physical and virtual machines, deduplicate the backups, and convert physical server backups to VMware or Hyper-V virtual machines for instant recovery.

Click to Tweet: Cancer research group GOG SDC modernizes #vmware backup & recovery with @Symantec's @BackupExec 2012: http://bit.ly/NvOhnT

"The newest version of Backup Exec delivers confidence in our mixed physical and virtual environment. We can restore data to either platform, and the...

Sarah Muckler | 03 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Today's healthcare organizations face many challenges as they meet the broad range of changes and regulations that apply to healthcare stakeholders. This list includes expanding connectivity and information exchange, automating electronic medical record systems, delivering quality around-the-clock patient care, as well as securing Protected Health Information (ePHI). To meet these challenges, healthcare organizations depend on the ability to deploy agile and efficient IT infrastructure. Mission-critical applications must serve the vital and specific needs of patient care, while timely adoption of new technologies such as virtualization and cloud become more important to protecting the bottom line. With tightening IT budgets and more government mandates on Healthcare IT, many organizations face challenging and difficult choices for deploying their mission-critical applications. A completely consolidated single-vendor hardware and software stack can offer comfort for some, at the...

David Finn | 17 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Well, most of you have heard me, for several years now, talking about the impact of HIPAA on banking and Financial Institutions.  I remember as a hospital CIO getting all this stuff from the Medical Banking Project and wondering what it had to do with me - - I used to send it on the revenue cycle people, who in turn, I'm sure, wondered what it had to do with them . . .  That was probably the early 2000’s.  Now we know.

Today’s healthcare providers must continue to diligently require business associate contracts from their financial institution partners when there is access, use or disclosure of personal health information (PHI).  This happens in cash management with lockbox arrangements, with EDI operations and in other areas.  Here’s an example:  when a bank’s lockbox is used to gather, collect and streamline payments and it includes processing the Explanation of Benefits (EOBs), this will result...

David Finn | 28 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

   The Supreme Court has spoken, but the debate will probably not end. This morning, the Supreme Court held that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional. Healthcare will, however, be a key issue in the presidential election.

   Some of you may remember the discussion of this case on a recent Healthcare Community Call.  There were 4 key issues the Court was to consider:

  1. Anti-Injunction Act
  2. The Individual Mandate
  3. Severability
  4. Medicaid Expansion

  In a nutshell, the Individual Mandate was upheld.  Not under the commerce clause as the Administration argued, but upheld constitutionally under the broad taxing powers of the Congress.  That, then, essentially addresses the anti-injunction act by saying it is a tax and not a penalty.

Severability is not an issue since the law was upheld.  There is no need to pull out or sever pieces of the law from...