C. Christian Discusses Healthcare Cyber Threat Challenges

The healthcare cyber threat landscape will become even more menacing next year, while a continued shortage of cybersecurity resources will make dealing with those challenges increasingly difficult, says Charles Christian, chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. "Our threats continue to grow," says Christian, leader of the association for CIOs and other health IT leaders, including CISOs. For instance, mega-hacker breaches revealed so far in 2015 by health insurers, including Anthem Inc., Premera...

IRS Should Recognize Community HIE Participation as a Community Benefit

by Joshua Vest, John Kansky, and Nir Menachem Per IRS guidelines, not-for-profit hospitals, which make up 73% of non-governmental U.S. acute care hospitals, receive tax exemptions from sales, property and income taxes in exchange for the diverse set of community benefiting activities (CBAs) they provide. The conditions for not-for-profit status, which include being able to demonstrate a reduction in governmental burden and a promotion of general welfare, have not materially changed since 1969. However, IRS...

IHIE Leader and CHIME Board Chair C. Christian provides reaction to Stage 3 Meaningful Use, Interoperability Roadmap rules from

“The 752-page rule grants flexibility for providers who are doing their best to not only meet the intent of the federal program, but also ensure the adoption of health information technology that improves patient care. Importantly, the rule adopts a 90-day reporting period for the current stages of the program, down from 365 days. CHIME has long called for a 90-day reporting period and applauds CMS for adopting this new standard. While several members are...