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New York RHIO Offers Image Exchange Capabilities

HealtheConnections, a Syracuse, N.Y.-based regional health information organization (RHIO), has partnered with eHealth Technologies to offer providers the capability to exchange radiological images.

Besser to Lead Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Richard Besser, M.D., former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News’ current chief health and medical editor, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

David Shulkin, M.D., Confirmed by Senate as VA Secretary

The Senate has confirmed David Shulkin, M.D., as the new Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary on Monday night, Feb. 13, making him the first VA secretary who had not served in the military.

Survey: Only One-Third of Health Systems Report Physicians Ready for MACRA

A new Health Catalyst/Peer60 survey reveals varying degrees of readiness among health systems for upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) reporting requirements as only 35 percent of hospital executives report having a strategy in place and say they are ready to comply with MACRA reporting.

Healthcare Coalition Sends Secretary Price Principles to Improve CMMI

The Healthcare Leaders for Accountable Innovation in Medicare, a coalition of organizations from across the healthcare spectrum, has provided new HHS Secretary Tom Price and congressional leaders a set of principles to guide Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) future testing and address concerns related to the agency.

Providence Regional Medical Center Receives HIMSS Stage 7 Certification

Providence Regional Medical Center’s use of an electronic health record (EHR) has resulted in improved care for patients both during their hospital visits and once they have returned home.

Lakeland Health, GLHC Partner to Enable Immunization Record Queries through EMR

Lakeland Health System, based in St. Joseph, Michigan, is the first hospital organization in Michigan to query patient immunization records held within the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) directly from their internal electronic medical record (EMR).

MGMA to New HHS Chief: Health IT Regulations Must be Simplified

MGMA is urging just-confirmed HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D., to “significantly reduce the regulatory burden on physician practices” by mitigating or eliminating various health IT regulatory requirements.

State-by-State Telemedicine Report Card Indicates Progress, and Ongoing Barriers

The telemedicine policy landscape continues to be complex, as decades of evidence-based research highlighting positive patient compliance, clinical outcomes and increasing telemedicine utilization have been met with a mix of strides and stagnation in state-based telemedicine policy, according to a state-by-state gaps analysis by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

Netsmart, InterSystems Team Up for Better Insights into Behavioral Health Data

Netsmart, an Overland Park, Ks.-based provider that focuses on connecting behavioral health and post-acute care, has selected the InterSystems (Cambridge, Mass.) data platform with the aim to give behavioral health professionals better insights on patient data.

Report: Seema Verma’s CMS Nomination Nearing Senate Consideration

Seema Verma, President Trump’s pick for CMS Administrator, is expected to soon to be approved by the Office of Government Ethics, which would in turn bring her nomination closer to Senate consideration.

Survey: 44 Percent of Consumers Worry Their Personal Health Data Will Be Stolen

With healthcare data breaches increasing year over year, patients seem to understand the risk and a recent Xerox eHealth Survey found that nearly half of Americans (44 percent) are worried about having their personal healthcare information stolen.

HIMSS Stage 7 Designation: Grady Health System Improves Infectious Disease Program through Health IT

Grady Health System has earned the Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) for its use of health information technology to improve patient care and safety. As a specific example, Grady’s use of actionable analytics and guided pathways has resulted in a 96 percent reduction in the transmission of HIV, when the patient is in treatment.

Accenture: Consumer Demand for Virtual Health Services Growing

Most U.S. consumers are willing to use a wide range of virtual health services, thus increasing the pressure on providers and payers to expand delivery options for on-demand health services, according to a new survey from Accenture.

Health Affairs: Provider Consolidation Not Directly Associated with Payment Reform

Although the prevailing wisdom is that payment reform will accelerate provider consolidation, new research published in Health Affairs finds minimal evidence that consolidation has been associated with accountable care organization (ACO) penetration.

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