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Health IT Now Calls for Trump, Congress to Take More Steps to Fight Opioid Crisis

Health IT Now, a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes, called for both the Trump Administration and Congress to use “every tool at their disposal to fight the opioid crisis.”

Specialty Societies to MedPAC: MIPS Should Stay Put

The Alliance of Specialty Medicine has said it opposes the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s) recent suggestion to repeal MIPS (the Merit-based Incentive Payment System) in its current form.

Pennsylvania Offers Program to Help Health Systems Integrate EHRs with PDMP

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is integrating the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) into health systems’ electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy systems, backed by $3.8 million in federal grants.

HHS will Host Opioid Symposium and Code-a-Thon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will host an Opioid Symposium and Code-a-Thon Dec. 6 and 7 to promote and employ innovative ways to leverage technology and data to address the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Survey: Health System CEOs Weigh in on Preparing for Value-Based Care

Hospital CEOs say the transition to value-based care is happening at a slower rate than expected, but health system CEOs continue to prepare for that transition, according to the Deloitte Center for Health Solution’s 2017 Survey of U.S. Health System CEOs.

VA’s Shulkin: Complete Cerner EHR Implementation will take 7 to 8 Years

During a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing yesterday, VA Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., told lawmakers that it will be seven or eight years before Cerner’s EHR system is fully implemented throughout the VA.

CBO Estimates Medicare Telestroke Bill Would Cost $180 Million Over a Decade

Legislation that would expand the use of telehealth services for Medicare stroke patients located in non-rural areas would cost the federal government $180 million over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Study: HIE Proves Beneficial for STI Treatment, Reporting

The use of health information exchange (HIE) for support treatment and management of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) can save public health staff time spent on obtaining demographic and treatment information, according to newly published research.

DirectTrust Reports 54 Percent Growth in Direct Exchange Users

DirectTrust reports a continued steady growth in the number of Direct exchange users, addresses and transactions.

UCSF Uses EHR Data to Track Hospital-Acquired Infections

A health informatics team at UC San Francisco has used electronic health records to track down a source of a common hospital-acquired infection by tracing the movements of more than 85,000 patients over a three-year period.

Telemedicine Pilot Aims to Connect EMS with Trauma Centers in Rural West Texas

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Commission on State Emergency Communications are collaborating on a program to implement telemedicine between EMS providers and a select group of trauma centers in rural West Texas.

Providers Plan to Meet Patient Consumerism Rise, Survey Finds

The new era of patient payment technology has put more demands on healthcare providers today, but most of them plan to meet the rise in patient consumerism with more retail-like technology solutions and practices, according to a new Black Book report.

AMA’s New Online Platform Looks to Bring Together Docs, Health Tech Companies

A new online platform from the American Medical Association (AMA) aims to bring physicians and health technology companies together to develop and improve health IT solutions.

David Bates to Receive Glaser Award at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

On Oct. 30, the 2017 John P. Glaser Health Informatics Innovator Award will be presented to patient safety expert David Bates, M.D.

TMCx Digital Health Accelerator Prepares for 2018 Class

TMCx, a digital health accelerator program launched in 2015 by the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute, is seeking applications for its 2018 class of startups.