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Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Expand Use of Telehealth Under Medicare

U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) services in Medicare, toward the goal of cost savings and quality care.

Report: Epic, Cerner and athenahealth Lead Small Hospital EHR Adoption

In 2016, community hospitals (less than 200 beds) made electronic medical record (EMR) purchasing decisions at one of the highest rates seen in years, accounting for almost 80 percent of all hospital EMR decisions in the United States, according to a new KLAS Clinical Market Share Report.

CMS: Clinicians Will Receive MIPS Participation Status Letters by End of May

All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive a letter by the end of this month informing them of their participation status, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced.

Report: Hospital Staff Continue to Use a Diverse Mix of Mobile Devices, Including Pagers

In order to do their jobs, hospital clinicians and non-clinical staff still carry a diverse mix of mobile devices. For the sixth straight year, according to an annual Spok, Inc. survey, smartphones are the most popular device, with 77 percent of respondents saying their organization supports them, while other tools, including pagers, maintain strong representation.

ONC Announces Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge

As accurate and efficient patient matching is a critical issue in healthcare and a key element of the nation’s health IT infrastructure, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will launch a Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge in June.

Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Stepping Down As Cleveland Clinic President, CEO

After nearly 13 years as president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, Toby Cosgrove, M.D., announced on Monday that he is stepping down at the end of this year.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and CMU Develop App for High-Risk Pregnant Women

Maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC collaborated with decision scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), also based in Pittsburgh, to develop and test a personalized smartphone application designed to combat preterm birth by engaging a typically hard-to-reach population of pregnant women.

NIH Will Get $2 Billion Funding Boost in 2017 Under Proposed Spending Plan

Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan agreement on Sunday to fund the government through September, avoiding a shutdown of federal agencies, according to reporting from The Hill, citing two senior congressional aides.

NFL Strikes Deal to Give Players Control of Wearable Data

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and human performance company Whoop are connecting on a deal that will give athletes the ability to control and even sell their own health data from a wearable device.

Media Report: Anthem Loses Appeal to Overturn Blocked Merger with Cigna

According to a report from Bloomberg posted today, Anthem Inc. lost its bid to overturn a court ruling that blocked its planned merger with Cigna Corp.

ONC Releases Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is soliciting feedback about a proposed industry-wide measurement framework, which it released this week, to assess the implementation and use of healthcare interoperability standards.

VETS Act Introduced to Expand Veterans’ Access to Telehealth Services

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reintroduced this week the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act), bipartisan legislation that aims to expand telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Mayo Clinic Makes Health Content Available via Epic’s Patient Apps

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is now offering its health information on demand via Epic patient-facing apps such as MyChart and MyChart Bedside.

Report: Cyber Attackers Using Simple Tactics, Tools to Target Healthcare, Other Industries

The number of reported breach incidents in healthcare grew by 22 percent in 2016 from 269 breach incidents in 2015 to 328 last year, according to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR).

The Sequoia Project Touts Interoperability Growth in Fifth Year

The Sequoia Project is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month by announcing that its various interoperability initiatives have grown by health organization participants, by geographic reach, and by the sheer number of health records exchanged electronically.

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