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Scripps Selects Fitbit as First Wearable Used in All of Us Program

The National Institute of Health’s All of Us research program has selected Fitbit as the first wearable to be used in the initiative.

Surescripts Partners with EHR Companies for Improved Pricing Transparency

Surescripts has announced that it is joining forces with five major EHR companies, while also leveraging information from CVS Health and Express Scripts, with the end goal to deliver patient-specific benefit and price information to providers in real time at the point of care.

Epic Hit with Lawsuit over “Double-Billing” for Anesthesia Services

Epic Systems is facing a lawsuit in which the complainant has attested that the vendor’s software defaults to double-billing for anesthesia services, resulting in the government being overbilled by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lawmakers Move to Strengthen Congress’ Oversight of VA’s EHR Implementation

A group of bipartisan lawmakers from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs introduced legislation last week to give Congress additional oversight to monitor the VA's transition to its new Cerner EHR system.

AMIA Announces Formal Collaboration With OpenNotes

At its annual symposium in Washington, D.C., the American Medical Informatics Association announced a formal collaboration with OpenNotes.

Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide EHR Program Relief

Six U.S. Senators introduced a bill that aims to provide regulatory flexibility to providers and hospitals operating under the meaningful use program by easing reporting requirements and instituting a 90-day reporting period.

UPMC to Spend $2B on Three New ‘Digitally Based’ Specialty Hospitals

Pittsburgh-based UPMC today announced a plan to build three new specialty hospitals that it said would offer “next-generation treatments in patient-focused, technology-enhanced settings unique to healthcare.”

Texas Providers to Pilot Post-Acute Care Coordination Model

Three Texas provider organizations are launching a year-long pilot program to test an innovative model for post-acute patient care coordination in Dallas County.

NIH Tackles Population Health Disparities with Social Epigenomics Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to award 10 grants to support social epigenomics research in health disparities. This investigator-initiated research is being funded as part of the Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities research program, which seeks to support research to better understand the drivers of health disparities.

House Bipartisan Bill Aims to Improve HHS Cybersecurity

Reps. Billy Long (R-MO) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced new legislation Wednesday that would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reorganize its cybersecurity personnel and gives the HHS Secretary authority to designate an officer focused on cybersecurity.

CMS Transitioning to New Health IT Standard for Reporting eCQMs

CMS has announced electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in CMS quality programs will be transitioned to use the Clinical Quality Language (CQL) standard (CQL Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU) 2) for logic expression.

Report: 29 Percent of Healthcare Payments in 2016 Tied to APMs

Nearly one-third (29 percent) of total U.S. health care payments were tied to alternative payment models (APMs) in 2016, a six percentage point increase from 2015, according to a report from the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN).

Health2047 Spins Out New Company Focused on Healthcare Data Sharing

Silicon Valley-based Health2047 Inc., an integrated innovation company funded by the American Medical Association (AMA), is spinning out a separate entity called Health2047 SwitchCo, Inc.

Various Health IT Leaders Honored for Leadership, Innovation

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has recognized several industry leaders with awards at their Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, Texas.

Report: “Simple Actions” Could Have Protected NHS from WannaCry

The digital arm of the National Health Service (NHS) reports that all healthcare organizations infected by the WannaCry virus, which caused major disruptions in the U.K. medical care system, shared the same vulnerability and could have taken simple actions to protect themselves, according to a new British government report.

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