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Report: Insider Threats to Patient Data Remain Unnoticed

Of the reported healthcare data breach incidents that occurred in September, it took an average of 387 days for healthcare organizations to discover a breach had occurred, according to a report from cybersecurity software company Protenus.

Reports: Ex-Pharma Exec Alex Azar Emerges as Trump’s Top Pick for HHS Secretary

President Donald Trump could be on the verge of tapping Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and George W. Bush administration official, as the next HHS Secretary, according to media reports.

ONC HIT Certification Program Approves HIMSS Immunization Integration Method

The ONC has approved a HIMSS testing method for the health IT certification program that can now serve as an alternative to the current National Coordinator-approved method for testing transmissions to immunization registries.

UF Health Receives $2.2 Million CDC Grant for Telemedicine Project

UF Health Jacksonville in Florida will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to launch a telemedicine program aimed at improving care for patients living with HIV in an urban setting.

Epic, CVS Health Team Up to Use Analytics for Informed Medication Insights

Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced an initiative in which analytics and data sharing will be leveraged to generate insights surrounding dispensing patterns and behaviors around medication adherence.

Two Major Healthcare Collaboratives Partner to Improve Regional Data Sharing

NRHI a national organization of regional healthcare improvement collaboratives, and SHIEC, a national trade association representing health information exchanges, are now joining forces.

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Announces Strategic Plan, Standard, Partners

October 17, 2017  |  David Raths
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As the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) meets this week in Orlando, Fla., the organization announced a new 5-year strategic plan designed to enable responsible sharing of clinical-grade genomic data by 2022.

New CMS Data on ACOs: Maybe Not a High-Speed Train, But a Train Nonetheless

October 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s release last week of data from the Pioneer and Next Gen ACO programs revealed genuine progress being made among participating ACOs—with lots of opportunity for ongoing improvements, of course

Drilling Down into Important Issues Around the Use of Medical Scribes

October 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Two recent studies are shedding light on some of the challenges inherent in the growing use of medical scribes by physicians in medical practice—and highlighting the need for better professional preparation and standardization of practice among scribes

With the Future of CMMI in Dynamic Flux, One Federal Advocacy Leader Shares His Perspectives

October 13, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Like leaders of other healthcare professional associations, Blair Childs of Premier Inc. has been carefully watching what’s been happening with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), as CMMI’s payment innovation work remains an industry focus

In New Mexico, a Medical Home Model Created Outside the Hospital

October 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Barbara McAneny, M.D., an oncologist/hematologist, was the leader behind the Community Oncology Medical Home, a model built around keeping patients out of the hospital.

Fostering Innovation in the UNC Health Care System

October 12, 2017  |  David Raths
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UNC Health Care System's Center for Health Innovation helps employees pilot and scale new ideas and builds partnerships with other organizations and startups focused on digital health.

As North Carolina Moves Towards Medicaid Managed Care, Its Leaders Approach the Operational Issues

October 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As North Carolina moves to transform its Medicaid program into a managed care one, its operations leaders are tackling the process and IT challenges involved, notes Sam Gibbs, a speaker at the upcoming Health IT Summit in Raleigh

Duke Health Leaders Build the Predictive Analytics Foundations to Improve Patient Care

October 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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At Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System, health IT leaders are moving forward on many fronts to leverage data analytics to improve patient care, such as early sepsis detection.

SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap Seeks to Address ‘Perfect Storm of Reduced Support’

October 10, 2017  |  David Raths
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A New York statewide health information exchange roadmap addresses funding challenges, value-based care, and provider interest in the types of data currently not available through the network.

Reports: MACRA 2018 Final Rule Coming as MedPAC Proposes MIPS Repeal

October 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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As the industry awaits MACRA’s QPP final rule for 2018, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) said during a meeting last week that MIPS, one of the program’s payment tracks, should be scrapped.