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Healthcare Organizations Push to Look at New Data Sources to Assess Telemedicine in Medicare

May 24, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Several healthcare organizations have sent a letter to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) regarding the use of alternative data sources for cost estimates and analyses of telemedicine utilization in the...

Washington Debrief: Ransomware Subject of Senate Hearing

May 23, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The Senate Committee on the Judiciary examined what authority the nation’s law enforcement agencies need to pursue botnets and to prosecute those illegally accessing or manipulating data.

Most Interesting Vendors 2016: Leidos: Healthcare IT’s “Quiet Company" Becoming Less Quiet By the Day

May 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Snaring the Defense Department’s EHR implementation contract (in partnership with Cerner) last year helped open new doors of market recognition for Leidos Health—and its senior executives see tremendous opportunity ahead

A Sober Analysis Sees Both Forward Movement and Complexity in ACO Development Nationwide

May 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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An article published last month in the Health Affairs Blog offers a compelling analysis of the growth and progress of ACO development nationwide—and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of ACO development going forward

CHIME, AEHIS, Offer Suggestions to Lawmakers for Improved Cybersecurity

May 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) have written a statement to lawmakers offering suggestions for how to bolster healthcare cybersecurity.

House Version of Rural Health Connectivity Act Could Save $19 Million Over Next Decade, CBO Reports

May 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. House of Representative’s version of the Rural Health Connectivity Act, H.R. 4111, could save $19 million over the next 10 years, according to a Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate report.

AHA Supports Draft Legislation to Include Hospitals in MU Flexibility

May 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), the American Hospital Association voiced it support for proposals in draft legislation that would make changes to the meaningful use program.

At UPMC, Physician Documentation Reform as an Evolving Process

May 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Vivek Reddy, M.D., CMIO at the 20-plus-hospital UPMC in Pittsburgh, shares his perspectives on the long journey towards optimized physician documentation—and what he and his colleagues have learned so far

Guest Blog: Same Old, Same Old: Why Are Providers So Far Behind on IT Security?

May 17, 2016  |  Mac McMillan
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Mac McMillan, CEO of the Austin, Tex.-based CygergisTek consulting firm, notes the regrettable lack of forward progress among many U.S. hospital-based organizations in the data security arena

Washington Debrief: Slavitt Asked to Give Providers 90-Day Reporting in MU During MACRA Hearing

May 16, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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Representative Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA-06) called-on the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Andy Slavitt to give Meaningful Use program participants a 90-day reporting period.

ONC Task Force: No ‘Show-Stopping’ Barriers to API Requirements

May 15, 2016  |  David Raths
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A task force of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has prepared a series of recommendations to address privacy and security concerns around application programming interfaces.

What Do the Latest Survey Results about Consumer Interest in Wearables Really Mean—for Providers?

May 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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A new study by analysts at PriceWaterhouseCoopers finds that healthcare consumers are very interested in wearable devices—and also that providers have a real opening for patient engagement around those wearables
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