Policy

Mixed Feelings Pour in Over Cerner/DoD EHR Deal

July 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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The health IT industry was full of mixed feelings as it began to digest the news that the Cerner Corp./Leidos-led team was granted the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) electronic health record (EHR) contract.

BREAKING NEWS: Cerner/Leidos-Led Team Wins DoD EHR Contract

July 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The winner of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) massive Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record (EHR) contract is a team headed by the Kansas-City based EHR vendor Cerner Corp., according to a report...

CMS Actuaries: Slightly Higher Healthcare Inflation Is Back

July 29, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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After averaging a relatively low 4.0 percent between 2008 and 2013, U.S. national healthcare spending is now projected to have grown 5.5 percent, and to have reached $3.1 trillion in 2014, according to actuaries for the Medicare program, in the Centers for...

As the Hours Count Down to a Possible DoD Mega-Announcement, Critics Express Skepticism

July 29, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As news media reports indicated that the Department of Defense would announce its awarding of an EHR contract worth $10.5 billion late Wednesday afternoon, critics tell mainstream media reporters they are skeptical

ONC Doles Out $38M to Help with Interoperability, Population Health

July 28, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced that it is awarding $38 million in funding to 20 entities to help build on three health IT programs centered on interoperability, population health, and workforce...

CMS Releases Q&A Guidance on ICD-10 Flexibilities

July 28, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided more clarification related to its July 6 joint announcement with the American Medical Association (AMA) regarding ICD-10 flexibilities.

Is It Time to Encrypt Data Even Inside the EHR? Maybe So, Says Mac McMillan

July 28, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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In the wake of the data breach at UCLA Health and other recent data breaches, data security guru Mac McMillan says it’s time to think about internal data encryption inside the EHR

What the Senate’s Push for a Stage 3 Delay Might Mean—If Anything

July 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week, during a Senate hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he has asked HHS to delay Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. Will his request have an impact?

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Includes Calls to Delay MU Stage 3 Rulemaking

July 27, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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During a Senate hearing last week, Congressional leaders called for a delay of Meaningful Use Stage 3 rulemaking and removal of gag clauses from EHR contracts.

When In Belgium… OK, Time to Rethink Phishing Drills

July 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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What managers in the Flemish regional government in Belgium learned when they tried to test employees for phishing vulnerability

BREAKING: Anthem to Acquire Cigna for $54.2B

July 24, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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After much negotiating, the Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire Cigna for $54.2 billion, the largest transaction of its type in the history of U.S. health insurance.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Have You Met the Four Villains of Decision-Making?

July 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Thinking narrowly and being over-confident can prove disastrous when it comes to scanning the landscape to plan for the future
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