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athenahealth Says it will Cover MIPS Payment Penalties for Customers

July 25, 2016
athenahealth has said that if customers using the company’s athenaOne services get hit with Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment penalties, it will cover the financial consequences for those unsuccessful practices.

OIG Study Finds 60 Percent of Hospitals Experienced EHR Disruptions, Highlights Importance of Contingency Plans

July 25, 2016
Close to 60 percent of hospitals have experienced an unplanned disruption to their EHR systems and a quarter of those hospitals experienced delays in patient care as a result, according to a study released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).

University of Mississippi Medical Center Agrees to Pay $2.75M to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

July 25, 2016
The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has signed a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) following an investigation of a data breach of unsecured PHI that occurred in 2013.

HHS Grants $36M in Funding for Health IT Improvement

July 25, 2016
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced more than $36 million in funding for 50 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) that will aim to greatly increase health IT support across the country.

Study: Data-Driven Physiologic Alarm Parameters Can Help Reduce Alarm Fatigue

July 22, 2016
Alarm fatigue from clinical decision support systems is a significant hazard in hospitals. In a recent study, researchers found that tailoring bedside monitor alarm limits using data-driven physiologic parameters can mitigate alarm fatigue.

New CMS Initiative will Leverage Predictive Modeling to Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

July 22, 2016
A new program released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will aim to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by leveraging data analytics by assessing an individual patient’s risk for heart attack or stroke and applying prevention interventions.

Justice Department, State Attorneys General Sue to Block Anthem, Aetna Deals

July 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that the department, along with attorneys general from multiple states, filed lawsuits to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s pending acquisition of Humana.

Study: Large Health Systems Investing in Strategic Initiatives to Address Patients’ Social Needs

July 21, 2016
Several health systems have been investing core operating dollars to address the social needs of patients in order to improve overall health outcomes, and are integrating that work into core clinical systems, according to a new study from the Bridgespan Group.

Survey of Health IT Pros Reveals High and Frequent Stress Levels

July 21, 2016
A survey of approximately 500 health IT professionals by HealthITJobs.com has revealed that 55 percent of such professionals are frequently or constantly stressed, and 38 percent say their stress is high or extremely high.

Survey: 74 Percent of Physician Specialties Saw Increased Compensation in 2015

July 20, 2016
Average physician compensation increased 3.1 percent in 2015, with 74 percent of physician specialties experiencing increases, according to the latest AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey.

NCPA Senior Fellow Calls MACRA “A Poor Solution”

July 20, 2016
A report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has assessed that the "doc fix” contained in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is fiscally irresponsible, and will only increase federal control over how doctors practice medicine.

Report Finds that Ransomware Attacks and Demands are on the Rise

July 20, 2016
The latest research paper on ransomware from the Mountain View, Calif.-based Symantec finds that the disturbing trend has now grown into one of the biggest dangers facing businesses and consumers today.

Rock Health: Digital Health Funding Remains Hot in 2016 Despite Expected Decline

July 19, 2016
The first half of 2016 has concluded with slightly over $2 billion in total digital health venture funding–on track with the levels of both 2014 and 2015, according to a midyear report from San Francisco-based Rock Health.

BREAKING: Justice Department to Challenge Anthem, Aetna Deals, Media Reports Say

July 19, 2016
Antitrust officials at the U.S. Department of Justice may file lawsuits to block health insurer Anthem’s proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna as well as Aetna’s pending $37 billion takeover of Humana, according to a Bloomberg article posted Tuesday.

ONC Issues Report to Congress on Policy Gaps for Security, Privacy of mHealth Data

July 19, 2016
The federal government needs to address large gaps in policies around health data access, security and privacy with regard to mobile health apps and health social media, according to a new ONC report issued to Congress.

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