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athenahealth Says it will Cover MIPS Payment Penalties for Customers

July 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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athenahealth has said that if customers using the company’s athenaOne services get hit with Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment penalties, it will cover the financial consequences for those unsuccessful practices.

OIG Study Finds 60 Percent of Hospitals Experienced EHR Disruptions, Highlights Importance of Contingency Plans

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Close to 60 percent of hospitals have experienced an unplanned disruption to their EHR systems and a quarter of those hospitals experienced delays in patient care as a result, according to a study released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Washington Debrief: HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Has Another In-Person Meeting

July 25, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The healthcare industry cybersecurity task force mandated by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 held its second in-person meeting last week.

University of Mississippi Medical Center Agrees to Pay $2.75M to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has signed a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) following an investigation of a data breach of unsecured PHI that occurred in 2013.

HHS Grants $36M in Funding for Health IT Improvement

July 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced more than $36 million in funding for 50 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) that will aim to greatly increase health IT support across the country.

Let’s Talk Really, Really Big Numbers: How About $5.631 Trillion, For Example?

July 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As the U.S. healthcare system moves ever closer to a gargantuan cost cliff, healthcare IT leaders are going to be called on as never before to help leverage IT to transform care delivery

From the Lens of a CIO: Moving Forward on Value-Based Care Efforts Without a Roadmap (Part 2)

July 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In the second part of a two-part article about the challenges CIOs face in building clinically integrated networks, health IT leaders discuss the critical role data analytics plays in this work and the need for collaborative leadership moving forward.

Editor’s Notes: The Role of Emotion in Good Decision-Making: Science Is Catching Up to Society

July 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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It's been fascinating to read Jonah Lehrer's 2009 book "How We Decide," and to ponder scientists' recent discoveries around emotion in decisionmaking--and to consider the physician-patient relationship

Study: Large Health Systems Investing in Strategic Initiatives to Address Patients’ Social Needs

July 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Several health systems have been investing core operating dollars to address the social needs of patients in order to improve overall health outcomes, and are integrating that work into core clinical systems, according to a new study from the Bridgespan Group.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Leverages Data Analytics to Optimize the Hospital Workforce

July 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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New Brunswick, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has implemented time and attendance, employee scheduling, workforce analytics, and mobile applications solutions with the aim of improving productivity and employee engagement.

Report Finds that Ransomware Attacks and Demands are on the Rise

July 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The latest research paper on ransomware from the Mountain View, Calif.-based Symantec finds that the disturbing trend has now grown into one of the biggest dangers facing businesses and consumers today.

Leveraging Technology to Enhance Population Health Efforts

July 20, 2016  |  Chet Stagnaro, Freed Associates
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How can you cost-effectively and efficiently harness technology to improve your population health efforts? It’s a common question, as technology is the enabler for population health initiatives, yet many providers appear to be stalled or stymied in their...
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