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Documenting the Cost Benefits of Care Management: One Care Management Organization’s Experience

May 26, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at AxisPoint Health, a Colorado-based company that provides care management services to a variety of insurers, including to state Medicaid programs, recently conducted a study to assess the potential cost savings of care management programs

House Ways and Means Committee Advances Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief for Docs

May 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means has passed a bill that among other provisions, would provide relief to hospital outpatient departments as well as consider patients’ socioeconomic status before penalizing hospitals in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction...

Special Report on Data Security: With the Ransomware Crisis, the Landscape of Data Security Is Shifting

May 26, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Cybersecurity was already a major concern in healthcare—and that was before a string of ransomware attacks this spring shifted the landscape in this critical area. Now, industry experts are weighing in on the fundamental issues that face the healthcare...

Healthcare Leaders Look to Make True Interoperability More than Just a Dream

May 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Experts will agree that while “true” interoperability is taking place in certain pockets of U.S. healthcare, and while at least some progress has been made in other areas, several significant and core challenges remain.

Health IT Leaders Address Cybersecurity Responsibilities at HHS during Congressional Hearing

May 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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During a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing, healthcare IT leaders and security experts testified in support of proposed legislation to elevate and empower the CISO at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Report: Bill to Fight Zika Could Strip HHS of MACRA Funds

May 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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With a House bill providing money to fight the Zika virus pending, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may be stripped of funds that it was planning to use for Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) information technology provisions,...

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.

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.

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