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Proposed 2017 Federal Budget Includes $82M for ONC, $51M for Healthcare Cybersecurity

February 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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President Barack Obama this week presented his last budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2017 and it includes a $22 million funding boost for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to support health IT interoperability programs and $51...

Washington Debrief: Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Access to Telehealth under Medicare

February 10, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced last week would begin to expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services.

Crisis Care Support: The Behavioral Health Information Network of Arizona Breaks New Ground

February 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Major strides forward in caring for the seriously mentally ill in crisis are being facilitated by new advances taking place at the Behavioral Health Information Network of Arizona, the first statewide behavioral HIE

Obama Administration Asks Congress for $1.8B in Emergency Zika Virus Funding

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The White House this week requested Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to enhance ongoing efforts to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus, both domestically and internationally.

Senate HELP Committee Passes Health IT Bill

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today unanimously passed the Improving Health Information Technology Act as well as six other biomedical innovation bills with bipartisan support.

Editor’s Notes: What Do “Big History” and the Present Moment in U.S. Healthcare Have in Common?

February 5, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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What do the agricultural experiments of early civilizations have to do with the present moment in U.S. healthcare? A glance at the Healthcare Informatics 2016 Innovator Awards Program winning teams offers hints

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: First-Place Winning Team—UT Southwestern Medical Center

February 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Ambulatory Quality Outcomes Project is improving processes and outcomes across 40 medical specialties, and moving the organization forward on quality in a big way

At iHT2-Miami, a Closer Look at the University of Utah Health Care’s Daring Push Into Value

February 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Charlton Park, chief analytics officer at the University of Utah Health Care, shared with iHT2-Miami attendees the narrative of his organization’s daring push into on ongoing journey into value

Sen. Lamar Alexander Urges HHS to Leverage Tools to Help Combat Zika Virus

February 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), well known in health IT circles, has written a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell expressing concern about the rapidly spreading Zika virus.

New Legislation Introduced to Expand Use of Telehealth Under Medicare

February 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) services under Medicare with the goal of cost savings and quality care.

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Second Place Winner—Scottsdale Health Partners

February 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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As a result of a data-driven, multidisciplinary initiative, Scottsdale Health Partners has streamlined its care coordination program, resulting in some remarkable enterprise-wide achievements with reducing hospital readmission rates among its patients.

CMS Issues Guidance on MU Hardship Exemption Process, Extends Comment Period on Quality Reporting

February 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exemption process, specifically clarifying that providers are not required to submit documentation with the new...

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