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Stanford Creates Center to Link Faculty, Digital Health Companies

The Stanford University School of Medicine has launched a center to support collaborations between Stanford faculty and Silicon Valley technology companies focusing on digital health tools.

CMS: 359K Clinicians Participating in Four Alternative Payment Models in 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that some 359,000 clinicians are confirmed to participate in four of CMS’s Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in 2017.

Mercy Named 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

St. Louis-based Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the nation operating hospitals in four states, was named a 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Davies Award recipient this month for achieving improvements in patient care through the use of health information technology.

Survey: Docs Want to Keep Pace with New Patient Demands, Technology

A recent survey of 500 physicians revealed that nearly 9 in 10 respondents ranked “achieving work-life balance” as their most, or second most-important resolution for 2017. Similarly, 69 percent ranked “staying current with technology” as their most, or second most-important resolution.

Survey: 84 Percent of Independent Physicians are Still Uncertain About MACRA Requirements

Independent physicians are struggling with the complexities and aggressive timing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule finalizing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, according to a survey conducted by software-as-a-service technology company Kareo (Irvine, Ca.).

CMS Extends Deadline for eCQM Data Submission

CMS is extending the deadline for eligible hospitals in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Meaningful Use programs to submit their electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data from 2016.

Selling Cybersecurity in the Age of Ransomware

January 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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CISOs and CIOs face significant challenges in their work to strengthen data security, and one major hurdle is that, despite the very real threat of internal and external data breaches, investments in cybersecurity can be a tough sell.

Healthcare’s Latest Interoperability Push

January 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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The concern that “real” interoperability in healthcare has yet to be accomplished is not novel. But recently, there have been developments on at least one major front that has sprung new optimism.

Washington Debrief: The Who’s Who in Healthcare on Capitol Hill

January 17, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The 115th Congress has been sworn-in and there are some new leaders to take note of that will have influence over healthcare on Capitol Hill.

SAMHSA Releases Part 2 Final Rule on Substance Use Data Sharing

January 13, 2017  |  David Raths
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's long-awaited final rule updating the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (Part 2) will be published Jan. 18 and is available for...

KPMG Leader: “The Healthcare CIO is in a Very Tough Spot”

January 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The pressure continues to mount on healthcare CIOs. What can they do to best navigate the road ahead?

Inland Empire Health Plan’s Clear-Eyed HIE Strategy

January 13, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Bradley Gilbert, M.D., CEO of the Inland Empire Health Plan, and also chairman of the board of the Inland Empire HIE, shares his perspectives on the importance of health information exchange to good care management

Key GOP Senator Vows to Repeal ACA Only Once a Comprehensive Replacement Is in Place

January 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the most concrete statement made so far by a Republican member of Congress who has jurisdictional responsibility over healthcare policy, Sen. Lamar Alexander told Talking Points Memo on Wednesday of his determination to develop replacement legislation...

Tom Price’s First Senate Hearing to Come Next Week; ONC Leadership Questions Linger

January 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing next week for committee members to hear testimony from Rep. Tom Price, M.D., (R-GA)—President-elect Trump’s nominee to become the next U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Should Healthcare Organizations be Looking at Biometrics for Health IT Security?

January 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The use of biometric technology solutions—fingerprints, hand geometry, retina or iris scans—for data security purposes is beginning to pick up momentum across the healthcare space as data security leaders face an increasingly hostile cyber threat landscape.

Breaking: President-elect Trump Says that ACA "Repeal and Replace" Will Happen "Almost Simultaneously"

January 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In a press conference held Wednesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump declared that, “almost simultaneously,” his incoming administration would produce a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act

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