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PCORI Plans to Award $10 Million to Examine Strategies for Safe Opioid Prescribing

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced that its Board of Governors approved just under $10 million to fund two studies comparing the effectiveness of strategies designed to reduce unsafe opioid prescribing by improving pain management.

Ascension Partners with Tech Accelerator for Greater Healthcare Innovation

Ascension, said to be the world's largest Catholic health system, has begun a collaboration with Plug and Play Tech Center, a global innovation, investor and technology accelerator that supports innovative startups across various sectors, including healthcare.

Report: Aetna, Apple in Talks about Offering Plan Members Apple Watches

Aetna, which already offers the Apple Watch to its employees as part of a wellness program, is now in talks with Apple about pushing the wearable device to the health insurer’s members, according to a report in CNBC.

HIMSS Accepting Nominations for Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has announced that nominations are now open for the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards.

E-Visits May Have Unintended Consequences for Docs, New Research Finds

Physicians who adopt e-visits often see increases in office visits and phone consultations, a reduction in new patients being seen by providers, and no noticeable improvements in patient health, according to new research.

CMS Provides More Details on Proposal to Eliminate Mandatory Bundled Payment Programs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) posted a press release Tuesday that provides more details regarding its proposal to change the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model and cancel the mandatory Episode Payment Models and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive payment model.

HHS Awards $105 Million to Community Health Centers for Quality Improvement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $105 million to 1,333 health centers in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement.

Survey: Healthcare Pros Challenged to Identify, Mitigate Medical Device Security Risks

More than one-third (36 percent) of surveyed professionals in the Internet of Things (IoT)-connected medical device ecosystem say their organizations have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, according to a recent Deloitte poll.

Aledade Announces New Physician-Led ACO in New Jersey

Aledade, a Bethesda, Md.-based company started by Farzad Mostashari, M.D., and focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), is forming a new ACO in New Jersey under this model.

AHRQ Calling for Data on Mobile Apps and Technology to Treat Diabetes

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking scientific information from the public regarding mobile health technology for diabetes.

NCQA Offers Comments to CMS on Quality Payment Program 2018 Rule

In comments to CMS, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has offered several suggestions that it thinks the federal agency should consider before writing the final Quality Payment Program rule for 2018.

HHS Proposes Eliminating or Changing Mandatory Bundled Payment Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed eliminating mandatory bundled payment in several areas of healthcare including cardiac care and joint replacement, according to a rule title posted last Thursday.

Consumers Showing Increased Interest in Virtual Care

Sixty percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in remote care that would take place online or by telephone, according to connected health research from Park Associates.

Direct and FHIR: Can They Work Hand-in-Hand?

The DirectTrust has released a white paper that proposes how FHIR and Direct communities and technical specifications for each standard should relate to each other to offer new value.

Healthcare Informatics Releases Raleigh Health IT Summit Program Agenda

Healthcare Informatics, in collaboration with healthcare leaders from across North Carolina, is bringing its critically acclaimed Health IT Summit Series event program to the Raleigh/Durham area on Oct. 19th and 20th at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.

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