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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.

CIOs Under Pressure to Keep Up With Interoperability, Big Data and Security Challenges

May 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare CIOs expect IT budgets to increase in the next two years, but, at the same time, healthcare IT leaders are facing pressing challenges related to security and compliance and the role of IT in driving revenue, according to a new survey report.

ONC Task Force: No ‘Show-Stopping’ Barriers to API Requirements

May 15, 2016  |  David Raths
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A task force of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has prepared a series of recommendations to address privacy and security concerns around application programming interfaces.

Is Dr. Halamka Right When He Says that MDs Might Leave Practice over Health System Reform?

May 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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When Dr. John Halamka says that excessive complexity in the required measures under the proposed new rule issued by CMS could cause him to leave medical practice, federal healthcare officials might want to pause to consider

MIPS Mobile Challenge Aims to Give Clinicians Real-Time Information and Assistance

May 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a competition to develop a mobile platform to help educate physicians and clinicians about the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.

Watching CMS Listen to Providers

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Last week’s announcement on the part of CMS officials proposing significant changes to Medicare payment for physicians signaled an increasing willingness on their part to dialogue iteratively with providers about what needs to be changed---and when

Healthcare Professional Associations Respond to New CMS Proposal for MD Reporting

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The first statements by healthcare professional associations regarding CMS’s announcement of a new quality reporting program for physicians began emerging on Wednesday evening, hours after the announcement

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces Long-Awaited MACRA Proposed Rule; Program Includes MU Makeover for MDs

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS officials announce their plan to replace the meaningful use program for Medicare-participating physicians with a new program under the MIPS program, called Advancing Care Information

Can Medicare’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model Help PCPs to “Score” in the New Healthcare?

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s announcement last week of the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model sends a clear signal about federal healthcare officials’ intentions around physician payment

Study: Behavioral Health Diagnoses, Visits and Hospitalizations Underrepresented in EHRs

April 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Electronic health records inadequately capture mental health diagnoses, provider visits, specialty care, hospitalizations and medications, which could lead to medical errors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Report: ONC’s Regional Extension Centers Program Boosted EHR Adoption

April 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Regional Extension Centers (RECs) program had a significant impact on increasing meaningful use success among physicians and small providers, according to an ONC report.

Washington Debrief: Senate Committee Moves Ahead with Medical Innovation Legislation, Including Health IT

April 11, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The Senate HELP Committee wrapped-up committee-level discussions on the Innovation for Healthier Americans initiative, including proposals to advance precision medicine and improve nationwide interoperability, sending the package of bills to the Senate floor...

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