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CMS Expands Advanced APM Opportunities as Stakeholders Push for Track 1+ Details

Beginning in January and February 2017, CMS will now officially open applications for new rounds of two CMS Innovation Center models for the 2018 performance year—for new practices and payers in the CPC+ model and new participants in the Next Generation ACO model.

Study: Healthcare IT Professionals Overconfident in Breach Detection Skills

In a study evaluating the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls to help detect a cyber attack in progress, healthcare IT professionals were overconfident in their ability to quickly collect the data needed to identify and remediate a cyber attack.

App Demonstration at Connected Health Conference Shows Promise of FHIR

At the annual Connected Health Conference this week, the ONC, in partnership with leaders in the private sector, coordinated a live demonstration of apps that import health IT vendor data to allow individuals to access a consolidated list of their medications from a variety of sources in one place.

The Sequoia Project Creating Patient Identity Management Workgroup

The Sequoia Project plans to create a new cross-organizational patient identity management workgroup and is seeking healthcare stakeholders, as well as policy and technical experts, to join the workgroup in order to focus on improving patient matching capabilities.

Patients Want a More Digitized Healthcare, Survey Finds

Patients are dissatisfied with the lack of a central location for their health records, as well as the difficulty in accessing and sharing those records, according to a new survey from Surescripts.

Survey: Security, Data Privacy Top Concerns in Managing Staff Mobile Devices

The adoption of mobile devices in healthcare organizations is growing, however there are challenges with managing mobile devices and a majority of healthcare IT leaders cited security as being their top concern, according to a recent survey from Jamf, a mobile device management software company.

Vermont HIE Expands Encounter Notifications to Include Home Health Agencies

Vermont hospital admission, discharge, and transfer messages will now be augmented by encounter messages from five visiting nurse associations.

Premier: Health System Leaders Must Better Leverage Post-Acute Care Providers

While 85 percent of health system leaders are interested in creating or expanding partnerships with preferred and local post-acute care providers, 90 percent report they may experience challenges in creating these partnerships, according to a survey from Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier Inc.

Quest Diagnostics Hit with Data Breach Exposing PHI of 34K Patients

Major medical laboratory operator Quest Diagnostics Inc. has acknowledged a data breach in which one of its web applications was hacked, exposing the protected health information (PHI) of some 34,000 individuals.

AAFP Calls on 115th Congress to Fund Health Programs, Support AHRQ

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is calling on the 115th Congress to fund and support health, workforce and research programs, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

HHS: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Have Dropped 21 Percent Since 2010

A new report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates that national patient safety efforts have helped to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 21 percent since 2010, with hospital patients experiencing 3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions over a five-year period.

athenahealth Research: Low Portal Adoption Rates for Rural Patients

Of the 5.5 million patients who are visiting clinician practices that are on the athenahealth network, 33 percent in urban areas were registered on their physicians’ portals. But in rural areas, that figure drops to just 18 percent.

Survey: Transition to Value-Based Reimbursement Slowing

Close to 60 percent of multispecialty medical groups and integrated delivery systems are ready to accept downside risk within two years, but several obstacles are slowing the transition from fee-for-service to value-based payments, according to a recent survey from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).

DoD Announces HIE Partnership in Washington State

The Department of Defense, in advance of the rollout of its new enterprise electronic health record (EHR) system, has announced a partnership with Medical Information Network – North Sound (MIN-NS) to enable patient care data exchange across networks.

Nonprofit Xcertia Formed to Promote Best Practices for Mobile Health Apps

Four organizations have announced the formation of a new, multi-stakeholder collaboration called Xcertia to focus on assuring the quality and safety of mobile health apps.