The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act (S. 2873/H.R. 5395) is now headed to President Barack Obama’s desk after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a voice vote on Tuesday.
Last week, the Senate passed the ECHO Act by a vote of 97-0. The bill, sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to study the benefits of distance education and technology-enabled learning for health care providers to improve patient care. The House companion bill was sponsored by Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Doris Matsui (D-CA).
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning that cyber criminals are actively targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers operating in “anonymous” mode and associated with medical and dental facilities to access protected health information (PHI).
Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a health information exchange (HIE) organization in San Antonio and surrounding Texas counties, has received clearance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to become a qualified registry.
Evolent Health, an Arlington, Va.-based healthcare technology provider, is exploring a potential combination with The Advisory Board, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare consulting firm, according to a report from Reuters published on Friday.