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Charleston Area Medical Center’s Patient Education-Fueled Readmissions Breakthrough

July 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the Charleston Area Medical Center, clinical and administrative leaders have leveraged their patient education program to make serious inroads in readmissions reduction in important chronic disease areas, including CHF and COPD

Survey: Following eClinicalWorks Settlement, Some Providers Losing Confidence in EHR Vendors

July 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the wake of the recent eClinicalWorks $155 settlement, most healthcare professionals said they are extremely unlikely to consider partnering with the vendor in the future, and some, more broadly, are losing confidence in other EHR vendors.

Health IT Now Urges FDA to Leverage PDMPs to Combat Opioid Crisis

July 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
In a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Health IT Now is urging the FDA to leverage health IT tools, in combination with physician education and training, to reduce instances of prescription drug and opioid abuse and...

Are Safety-Net Hospitals Being Unfairly Penalized by Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program?

July 12, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
An analysis by the Government Accountability Office finds concerning discrepancies between the stated goals of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program and its execution in practice, around the penalization of safety-net hospitals

The GAO Calls Out Problems It Sees in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

July 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In a report published at the end of June, the U.S. Government Accountability Office challenged HHS and CMS to improve the measurement methodology embedded in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

PA Health System, Health IT Vendor Affected by Global “Petya” Ransomware Attack

June 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Pennsylvania-based Heritage Valley Health Systems and Nuance Communications have confirmed their companies were victims of a global ransomware cyber attack, which some are referring to as the “Petya” ransomware virus, that hit multinational companies Tuesday.

At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, a Pragmatic Look at the Complexities in Leveraging Data Analytics

June 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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On Tuesday at the Health IT Summit in Nashville, attendees were offered a very vigorous discussion of the opportunities and challenges around the leveraging of data analytics in patient care organizations

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the...

Michigan Plans to Link State PDMP with Provider EHRs

June 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The State of Michigan is directly adding the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) into the electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy management systems of hospitals, physician groups and pharmacies across the state.

Does the eClinicalWorks Settlement Shine a Light on Patient Safety, Interoperability Issues?

June 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Some health IT leaders contend that the False Claims Act lawsuit settlement with eClinicalWorks shines a spotlight on the lack of interoperability and the need for a stronger focus on health IT-related patient safety. What are the potential policy implications?

Pew Calls on Congress to Ensure Proper Funding for ONC

June 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ manager of health IT has written a letter to lawmakers urging them to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ 2018 funding not be cut as outlined in President Trump’s recent budget proposal.

Healthcare Cybersecurity, and HHS Response to WannaCry Ransomware, Focus of House Subcommittee Hearing

June 8, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday, HHS leaders shared lessons learned from the department's response to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack and recognized that many organizations are in dire need of cybersecurity resources.

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