Reader Submitted: Practice Pays for Lack of Privacy Policies
Meaningful Use 2 Urgent Care Extension

On December 26, the federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the agency that enforces HIPAA, announced a settlement agreement that included a $150,000 penalty against a dermatology practice in Massachusetts after an unencrypted thumb drive was stolen from an employee’s car.

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Congratulations to the following new Urgent Care Centers
New Urgent Care Centers

Each issue of Urgent Care News, we will highlight new urgent care openings across the country. Have you recently opened a new urgent care center or added a location? Planning to open in the next few weeks? Let us know! Send us the name of your urgent care center, city and state, and opening date. Click here to let us know of your new urgent care opening.

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Extension for Meaningful Use Stage 2, Delay of Stage 3 Proposed by CMS/ONC
Physicians Travel to Iraq

Urgent care providers moving to Meaningful Use Stage 2 in 2014 should take note: The Department of Health and Human Services earlier this month announced a new timeline for Meaningful Use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Under the new timeline, Stage 2 is extended through 2016, with Stage 3 beginning in 2017 for those who have completed at least two years in Stage 2.

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