States to Investigate Premera Data Breach

March 26, 2015
Insurance commissioners from multiple states are teaming up to investigate the massive data breach of health insurer Premera.

BREAKING: House Passes SGR Repeal; Bill Moves to Senate

March 26, 2015
On Thursday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which governs how physicians are reimbursed for Medicare.

Roe Reintroduces Legislation for Integrated Military EHR System

March 26, 2015
On March 24, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) reintroduced legislation that calls for an integrated electronic health record (iEHR) for military members and veterans, with $50 million going to the creator of the system.

Report: Boston Children’s Hospital’s EMR Shutdown for a Few Days

March 26, 2015
Boston Children’s Hospital had a throwback week, going back to a paper-based system thanks to its electronic medical record (EMR) system shutting down for a few days.

Humana Forms a Pair of Population Health Companies

March 25, 2015
Humana, a Louisville, Ky.-based payer, is forming two offshoot companies focused in advancing population health management initiatives for providers.

Premier Health Alliance Expresses Support for HHS’s Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

March 25, 2015
Premier senior vice president for public affairs Blair Childs calls the Department of Health and Human Services’ new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network worthy of support

Arkansas Legislators Reject Telemedicine Bill

March 25, 2015
The Arkansas House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have allowed telemedicine companies to offer video-based care to state residents.

CommonWell Health Alliance Names Executive Director

March 25, 2015
CommonWell Health Alliance, a nonprofit trade group comprised of major electronic health record (EHR) vendors trying to create a national health identifier, has named Jitin Asnaani its founding executive director.

Foundation Launches $100M Initiative to Improve Public Health Data Collection

March 24, 2015
Bloomberg Philanthropies, a foundation created by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Australian government, are launching a $100 million initiative aimed to improve public health data collection in 20 low- and middle-income countries.

Survey: Doctors and Patients See Benefits in Mobile Apps

March 24, 2015
Nearly half (46 percent) healthcare professionals say that they will introduce mobile apps to their practice in the next five year, according to the Plano, Tex.-based Research Now Group.

UPMC Invests in Value-Based Healthcare

March 24, 2015
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has announced its investing in Health Fidelity, a San Mateo, Calif.-based company which produces analytics-based dashboards and other technologies that calculate risk for value-based healthcare initiatives.

Report: Physician Practices Need Help With Alternative Payment Models

March 23, 2015
Although physician practices are participating in new value-based healthcare payment models, they need help with successfully managing increasing amounts of data and figuring out how to respond to the diversity of programs and quality metrics from different payers, according to new research.

Survey: Cerner, Allscripts, CPSI Top Ranked Vendors in EHR Market

March 20, 2015
Cerner, Allscripts, and CPSI were the top ranked vendors in a survey of electronic health record (EHR) end users from Black Book Market Research.

Report Indicates Premera Knew of Vulnerabilities Before Breach

March 19, 2015
A government agency warned health insurer Premera that its data protection practices were not up to industry standards right before it was victimized by a major cyber attack.

BREAKING: Senate, House Leaders Introduce SGR Replacement Bill

March 19, 2015
Key leaders in the House and Senate have introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would permanently repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and consolidate several government-based quality reporting programs, including meaningful use.
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