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CMS to Briefly Reopen Submission Period for Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

Meaningful Use Hardship Extended Until November 30, 2014cms

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow hospitals and physicians that are unable to demonstrate meeting Meaningful Use requirements to submit hardship exception applications through November 30, 2014. The deadlines had already passed for hardship exception applications for all eligible hospitals (EH), critical access hospitals (CAH) and eligible professionals (EP) that were unable to demonstrate Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

In order to meet Meaningful Use, physicians and hospitals have to meet requirements to implement Certified Electronic Health Record Technology and attest to their Meaningful Use (MU) objectives and measurements to avoid 2015 Medicare, Part B payment adjustments, which would start to reduce reimbursements by one percent in 2015 and could eventually go as high as five percent.

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Are Your Business Associate Agreements in Compliance with the Omnibus Rule?

September 23rd Deadline Has PassedHCCA

On September 23rd, all business associate agreements (BAA) that were active prior to the Omnibus Rule were required to be updated to be in compliance with the Omnibus Rule. The changes were significant and will be enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In response, David Holtzman, recently authored an article, “Don’t Let Enforcement of new HIPAA Requirements Catch You Napping” in the October issue of Compliance Today. This article reviews what every covered entity and business associate needs to know about the September 23rd deadline, including:

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HIPAA Alert: Mobile Apps & Wearable Devices

Mobile Health Application and Wearable Device Developers Lobbying Congress Concerning HIPAA Rules and Medical Device Regulation 


Over the past month, there has been a significant increase in activity in Washington, D.C. as developers and vendors of health related mobile applications and wearable technology are lobbying Congress seeking favorable treatment concerning medical device and health information privacy and security standards. For example, technology giants like Apple, Google and Intel are trying to stay one step ahead of federal regulators. As the market for devices like Fitbit, Google Glass and Apple Healthkit grows, the companies that make them are coming under increased scrutiny over privacy and security issues because of the type of data collected by these devices. Personal data, ranging from heartbeats to insulin deficiencies, is stored on the devices and on cloud computing platforms in some cases. Under HIPAA, it is not likely these personal health devices are covered because the data is being created by the individual, but some regulators and lawmakers believe that some of them should be regulated as medical devices or subject to the HIPAA Privacy regulations.

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CynergisTek is Moving!

Record Growth Requires Expansion Into a Larger Office Space

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On Monday, September 22nd, CynergisTek’s headquarter office is moving to a new location in Austin. Over the past few years, CynergisTek has experienced a consistent increase in sales, and in response, has hired several new people to meet demand. The company attributes growth to the increased need for expert guidance and turnkey compliance solutions that address today’s complex regulatory environment.

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CynergisTek Continues to Support Industry Associations

Earlier this year CHIME invited CynergisTek to become a Foundation Firm member of its newest association, Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS). AEHIS is designed to support and educate top healthcare IT security leaders, especially the CSO and CISO and is the first professional organization to exclusively serve senior Health IT security leaders. 



Click here to learn more about CHIME and click here to learn more about AEHIS.

CynergisTek Names One of Top 3 Privacy and Security Assistance Firms

CynergisTek was recognized by KLAS® as one of three firms provider organizations are turning to most for privacy and security assistance in its “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges” report, released in May 2014. For further details, visit KLAS online at and view “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges.”

What Our Customers Are Saying


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“CynergisTek is a trusted partner and provides exceptional service, offering the expert guidance on risk management that we need to sustain and improve our overall security posture.” –Chuck Podesta, Chief Information Officer, Fletcher Allen Health Care



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“We decided to use CynergisTek’s VSM program because it goes way beyond other BAA management solutions. CynergisTek reviews my vendors’ risks and helps us ensure due diligence managing that risk.” Francois Bodhuin, Technology Director – ISO Information Systems, Inspira Health Network
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