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Ohio Man Charged for Allegedly Defrauding Cleveland Clinic out of $2.8M

A man in Westlake, Ohio has been indicted in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the Cleveland Clinic out of at least $2.8 million.

Survey: Most Providers Say Interoperability by 2020 Not Attainable with Current Federal Policies

The majority of healthcare providers (71 percent) believe that current federal polices, committees and regulations are not sufficient to help the country attain meaningful health IT interoperability by 2020.

House Committee Presses Nuance Executives on NotPetya Attack

he U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is requesting that Nuance Communications executives provide more information about the malware incident, called NotPetya, that impacted the company, along with multinational companies in 65 countries, back in June.

Regenstrief Researchers to Study Impact of HIE on Emergency Care

Scientists at the Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute are conducting what they say is the first study of health information exchange (HIE) use over multiple years to evaluate whether it improves patient outcomes in emergency departments.

Report: Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Human Error in Securing PHI

In the first nine months of 2017, unintended disclosure accounted for 41 percent of healthcare data breach incidents, according to a report from specialist insurer Beazley.

Three More Providers Receive 2017 HIMSS Davies Awards

Three patient care organizations have received the 2017 global Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for healthcare technology innovations that improve patient outcomes.

At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, a Nuanced Discussion of CISO-Level Challenges

October 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, CISOs and other cybersecurity experts engaged in a nuanced discussion of the complex issues facing healthcare IT leaders right now industry-wide, as they work to establish and optimize cybersecurity frameworks

St. Luke’s University Health Network Recognizes Employees’ Quality Projects

October 20, 2017  |  David Raths
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Now in its 10th year, the St. Luke’s University Health Network Quality Improvement Awards Program recognizes internal innovations in care and efficiency.

At the Raleigh HIT Summit, Henry Ford Privacy Chief Harper Urges HIT Leaders to Action

October 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Henry Ford Health System chief privacy officer Meredith Harper kicked off the Cybersecurity Forum—day two of the Health IT Summit in Raleigh—with a compelling presentation on the journey of her organization into intensified IT security readiness

A CIO Explores Dallas-Fort Worth’s Biggest HIT Challenges, Opportunities

October 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Pamela McNutt, a veteran CIO with 30 years of experience in health IT, discusses how CIOs can help reduce physician burnout, and what innovation she’s seeing these days in the Dallas region.

Connecting Patient-Reported Outcomes to EHRs? Consult This Users’ Guide

October 18, 2017  |  David Raths
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As use of patient-reported outcomes becomes more common, many health systems want to integrate the data into electronic health records. A new guide helps steer clinical leaders through some of the challenges involved.

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

CMS Releases 2016 Next Generation ACO Data with Positive Financial, Quality Results

October 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released results from year one of its Next Generation ACO model, revealing that 61 percent of program participants were able to earn shared savings last year.

One Healthcare RCM Leader Shares his Perspectives on Navigating the Shifting Landscape

October 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Brian Sanderson, managing principal of Crowe Horwath LLP healthcare services group, discusses strategies for CFOs to navigate the shifting landscape around revenue cycle management and reimbursement.

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