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About Bryan Brothers

Bryan Brothers is a healthcare consultant with over ten years’ experience in the healthcare and insurance industries.

With a start in IT business and retail network development, the transition to electronic medical records and meaningful use consulting services was a natural fit.

Bryan is a member of AHIMA, HIMMS, and the NRHA.

He served on the advisory board of Jefferson Technical College’s HIT program. As member of the staff of the University of Kentucky’s Regional Extension Center, worked as a policy and implementation advisor as well as a security consultant. Bryan has served major clients such as lead advisor to Norton Healthcare, and Twin Lakes Medical Foundation and worked with many prominent groups in central KY such as Nephrology Associates of Kentuckiana.

As the former REC Administrator for University Health Care, Bryan brings experience and knowledge to the table as a trusted advisor and privacy and security expert. In 2012 Bryan was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steven Beshear, the award being the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Bryan has worked with over 1100 providers, assisting with the achievement of meaningful use, and completion of the HIPAA privacy and security risk assessment.

When Bryan performs a HIPAA Security Risk Assessment, he includes the following:

HIPAA Security Risk Assessment
Security Risk Analysis based on HITECH requirements for MU
Includes review of Administrative, Technical & Physical safeguards
Remediation plan and timeline to eliminate or mitigate identified gaps
HIPAA compliant sample policies provided
Performed by AHIMA Certified HIPAA Privacy & Security professionals

Meaningful Use/EHR: Don’t Fall Behind- Your Hospital or Practice Risks Getting Caught with Penalties by 2015!

Great article that outlines Meaningful Use and the risk of penalties! Meaningful Use: An electronic health record (EHR) is an evolving concept defined as a systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations.[1] It is a record in digital format that is theoretically capable of being shared across different health care settings. […]

Brothers and Associates LLC Launches New Website Dedicated to Educating Healthcare Organizations About Security Risk Analysis, EHR, and Meaningful Use Requirements.

For Immediate Release  (August 2013, Lawrenceburg, KY) Bryan Brothers, owner of Brothers and Associates, LLC is a healthcare consultant with over ten years’ experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. Bryan is a member of AHIMA, HIMMS, and the NRHA. He has worked with over 1100 providers, assisting with the achievement of meaningful use, and […]

Member of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues.  NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. The obstacles faced by […]

Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS)

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access, through the best use of information technology and management systems. Originally founded in 1961 as the Hospital Management Systems Society, it is now headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The society includes more than 50,000 individual members, over 570 […]

American Health Information Management Association (CHPS Certification)

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 67,000 members, it is recognized as the leading source of “HIM knowledge,” a respected authority for rigorous professional certification, and one of the industry’s most active and influential advocates […]

How Do I Comply with Meaningful Use Requirements?

Your EHR or EHR components must meet ONC’s standards and implementation specifications, at a minimum, to be certified to support the achievement of meaningful use Stage 1 by eligible health care providers under the EHR Incentive Program regulations.  Along with many other criteria, ONC requires that an EHR meet nine security criteria to be certified. […]

What is Meaningful Use?

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for achieving “meaningful use,” which is the use of -certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. This section provides an overview of the Stage 1 EHR meaningful use core and menu objectives for eligible professionals (EPs) as outlined by CMS – which are intended to set a baseline […]

What Happens if We Have an EHR Meaningful Use Audit?

One aspect of the audit that has caused widespread confusion and has snagged many physician practices and institutions is the security risk analysis. While the EHR Incentive Program doesn’t ask for anything beyond what providers are already doing under HIPAA, they must conduct the analysis within their meaningful use reporting period.  The requirement for HIPAA is once […]

What is EHR? (Electronic Health Records)

The decision to purchase an EHR is THE major purchase that most practices will make. A system will determine the work flow of an office and the satisfaction of its patients.  An EHR is not a one size fits all product.  Some systems are specialty specific, some are built for hospital environments, some for the […]

What is the Financial Incentive for Implementing Electronic Health Records? (EHR)

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive […]