Former Hospital CFO Pleads Guilty to Meaningful Use Fraud, Faces Imprisonment

November 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Joe White, the former CFO of Shelby Regional Medical Center, recently pleaded guilty to making a false statement to Medicare on meaningful use. He faces up to five years in prison.

Podcast: How the Pioneer ACO Fallout Affects the Future of Risk-Based, Population Health

November 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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With the viability of the Pioneer ACO program in question, how should healthcare provider organizations looking to take on risk move forward? That question is posed in the latest edition of the Healthcare Informatics podcast, with Krista Bowers, managing...

Survey: 40 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Faced 10 or More Cyber Attacks in Last 12 Months

November 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Healthcare organizations are more at risk for a cyber attack than ever before thanks to the influx of electronic health information, according to a new report from IDC Health Insights.

CMS Pushes Hospital MU Attestation Deadline Back One Month

November 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for hospitals to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year back one month, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.

USDA Awards $8.6M for Rural Telehealth Initiatives

November 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded 31 grants totaling $8.6 million for rural telemedicine efforts across 34 states.

BIDMC Docked $100M for Data Breach

November 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston is the latest hospital to pay the piper for a data breach, surrendering $100,000 for an incident that occurred in 2012.

Advancing the Use of Data: Baylor Scott & White Plunges Into Population Health Management

November 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The leading patient care organizations are adjusting to the new healthcare, with numerous IT indicatives to aid them along the way. In Texas, one large health system has advanced its use of data, leading to more successful population health management.

Washington Debrief: OIG Identifies MU, Interoperability as Top Management Challenges

November 24, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report last week identifying “the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information” among the Top Management Challenges facing the department...

UCLA Web Tool Advances Goal of Democratizing Data

November 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has created a new web tool that will allow access to comprehensive California health statistics by ZIP code, city and legislative district.

Docs with Health IT Less Likely to Accept New Patients

November 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The more health IT systems a doctor has in their office, the less likely they are to accept new patients, according to the findings of a new study.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Heading Towards That $5 Trillion Annual Price Tag on U.S. Healthcare Spending

November 24, 2014     Mark Hagland
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With U.S. healthcare spending now anticipated to rise from just over $3 trillion this year to nearly $5.2 trillion by 2023, such increases will have an impact on many areas of activity, including among many others, imaging informatics

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Heading Towards That $5 Trillion Annual Price Tag on U.S. Healthcare Spending

November 24, 2014     Mark Hagland
With U.S. healthcare spending now anticipated to rise from just over $3 trillion this year to nearly $5.2 trillion by 2023, such increases will have an impact on many areas of activity, including among many others, imaging informatics

Can the “Doctorless” Patient Model Be Effective?

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Earlier this week at the NYeC 2014 Digital Health Conference, Eric Topol, M.D., gave a speech about using digital health tools in a push towards a “doctorless” patient model. After listening to the keynote, I wondered about the practicality of this approach.

AMIA Debate Highlights Tensions with EHR Vendors

November 18, 2014     David Raths
An American College of Medical Informatics debate held Nov. 18 at the AMIA Symposium in Washington, D.C., brought out some of the challenges academic informatics teams and commercial EHR vendors face in working together.

AMIA Panels Offer Mixed Messages on Stage 3 MU

November 17, 2014     David Raths
At the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, talk about Stage 3 of meaningful use reveals tensions among members about what the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should do.

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