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BREAKING: Medicare ACOs Saved $466M in 2015, but Nearly Half Failed to Generate Any Savings

August 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although more than 400 Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) generated more than $466 million in total program savings in 2015, nearly seven in 10 of those ACO organizations did not generate enough savings to receive bonuses, according to an Aug. 25...

Are You Ready for a Phase 2 HIPAA Audit?

August 25, 2016  |  David Raths
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The HHS Office for Civil Rights has launched Phase 2 of its HIPAA audits for providers and business associates. Although the number of organizations being audited is small, everyone in the industry should be prepared for a visit from OCR.

Looking at the Current Mergers and Acquisitions Landscape with Berkery Noyes

August 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The report released last month by the Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers firm points to moderate merger-and-acquisition activity going forward

EHRs’ Evolution: Are They Advancing Too Slowly?

August 24, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week, a commentary from physicians in JAMA about their dissatisfaction with electronic health records got me thinking about the different stages of technology’s growth.

ONC Releases 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory

August 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued its draft Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) for 2017 for public comment.

From Information to Knowledge: How Medication Learning Optimizes Patient Outcomes

August 23, 2016  |  Anthony Donato, M.D., M.H.P.E., Gregory Hood, M.D., M.A.C.P.
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Medication learning tools that are concise, evidence-based and delivered at the point of care may reduce variability and errors in prescribing, and could improve the overall patient experience.

Southern California Health Centers Receive $1.5 Million HHS Grant to Improve Health IT Adoption

August 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Health Centers Partners of Southern California, a consortium of community health centers in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties, received a $1.5 million federal grant to improve patient care through the use of technology.

HHS Delivers Telehealth Progress Report to Congress

August 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Following up on a Congressional request, HHS has issued a report providing an update on the department’s current telehealth efforts, largely focusing on how delivery system reform initiatives may increase its use.

Washington Debrief: The Push for 90-Day Reporting in 2016 Continues!

August 22, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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CHIME, along with 20 additional organizations, has sent CMS a letter urging a 90-day reporting period.

OCR Announces Initiative to Focus Investigations on Smaller Data Breaches

August 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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As healthcare organizations of all sizes are impacted by data theft, ransomware and privacy violations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) plans to devote more resources to investigating smaller breaches.

CMS to End ICD-10 Grace Period on October 1

August 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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After announcing last year that it would not deny Medicare physician claims for 12 months as long as the ICD-10 code was “from the right family,” the CMS has said that the grace period for healthcare providers will expire on Oct.1, 2016.

A Strong Message from Two HIT Leaders on Leadership and Strategy and What Lies Ahead

August 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Two presenters at the Health IT Summit in Seattle last week, coming at the subject from different vantage points, ended up reinforcing the same exceptionally important points about healthcare strategy and leadership in the current operating environment

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