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New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Revalidated as EMRAM Stage 7

Due to its use of RFID technology to improve patient care and outcomes, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (NYPBMH) has received acute care Stage 7 revalidation on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

Dana Alexander Named 2016 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award Winner

Dana Alexander, R.N., has been named the recipient of the 2016 HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, a joint award sponsored by Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) and HIMSS.

Agency Leadership Update: Collins Stays at NIH, Bindman Leaves AHRQ

As President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the United States’ 45th president at noon today, there has been an ongoing administration shuffle as agency leaders have stepped down as part of the presidential transition.

Reports: Indiana Cancer Services Agency Hacked, Won’t Pay Ransom

Earlier this month, Cancer Services of East Central Indiana- Little Red Door’s terminal server and backup drive were hacked by cybercriminal TheDarkOverlord, leading to a ransom demand that the cancer services facility will not pay, according to media reports.

Insurer to Pay $2.2M HIPAA Settlement for Disclosure of Unsecured ePHI

MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico has agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by paying $2.2 million.

Avoidable Hospitalizations among LTC Residents Drops by 31 Percent

A data brief from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revealed that avoidable hospitalizations among long-term care facility residents has dropped by about 31 percent since 2010.

Breaking: President Trump Issues Executive Order Around ACA Intentions

January 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Pres. Donald J. Trump, just hours after taking the oath of office, signed an executive order giving federal agencies greater flexibility to interpret and manage some of the regulatory requirements under the ACA; but the order does not touch the core of the law

Slavitt Says Goodbye to CMS Staff as Obama Administration Gives Way to Trump

January 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
As Donald Trump officially gets sworn in today as the 45th president of the U.S., key healthcare officials in Obama’s administration continue to say their goodbyes as their jobs expire.

Adapting to a Flexible Work Environment

January 20, 2017  |  Tim Tolan
commentary
The ever-growing millennial workforce cares about soft benefits like working remotely a lot more than you might think.

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Cases Plummet: Good News, on Multiple Fronts

January 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
One area in which progress appears to be steady in U.S. healthcare has been in efforts to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, particularly hospital-acquired conditions—as noted in a report published in December by HHS

Achieving Value-Based Payment Success: Implications for IT and the CIO

January 19, 2017  |  Tonya Edwards, M.D., Impact Advisors
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Leading healthcare CIOs discuss the challenges they’re facing—and how to resolve them through innovation—as the scales tip ever closer to value-based payment.

Coordinated Care Oklahoma Will Exit HIE Market, Citing a Large Payer Mandating Providers Work with Competing HIE

January 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
In a public statement posted to its website this week, Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO), a health information exchange (HIE) based in Norman, Okla., announced that the organization will exit the HIE market, effective June 30, 2017.

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

January 17, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
article
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.

Will Consumer-Mediated Health Data Exchange Boost Clinical Research?

January 16, 2017  |  David Raths
article
Harlan Krumholz, M.D., director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale-New Haven Hospital, believes researchers could take advantage of patient-powered networks to decrease the cost of data acquisition and improve the accuracy and scope of...

Lessons Learned from 2016: It’s Time to Address Internal Security Threats to Health Data

January 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
commentary
Throughout 2016, the message from cybersecurity experts has been fairly consistent and increasingly urgent—leaders at patient care organizations need to prioritize IT security. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, a recent year-in-review report on...

SAMHSA Releases Part 2 Final Rule on Substance Use Data Sharing

January 13, 2017  |  David Raths
article
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...

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