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The “internet of things,” or IoT, is in its infancy everywhere in healthcare, according to Warren Averett security services director Paul Perry. For those on the finance side of hospitals and health systems, he says this connected technology offers great opportunity to those who realize its potential.

Out of the $6 billion CMS made in Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive payments by June 2014, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) estimated $729 million was paid to professionals who didn’t meet meaningful use requirements.

Confirming months of speculation, Cerner has been selected to replace the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ in-house electronic health record system.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks will pay $155 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it “falsely obtained” meaningful use certification and gave customers kickbacks in exchange for publicly promoting its products.

Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

 

Recent Headlines

Sharing medical information at no cost is important to U.S. adults

Approximately three-quarters of adults believe healthcare providers should share medical information, according to a new survey.

Study finds benefits of HIEs inconclusive

A systematic review of published literature found that the benefits of health information exchanges remain unclear.

GAO report examines Healthcare.gov issues

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report found the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to do a better job testing and overseeing the Healthcare.gov website.

Senators criticize interoperability roadmap

Five senators criticized the progress of the HITECH Act and questioned if the program had achieved its goals of increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving the quality of care.

AMA, other physician groups express ICD-10 concerns

The American Medical Association and 99 other physician organizations sent a letter on March 4 to acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Andrew Slavitt expressing their concerns with the transition to ICD-10.

Interoperability of HIEs still lacking

Most stakeholders are concerned with the progress of health information exchanges and pessimistic that health record connectivity will be achieved within the next few years, according to a Black Book survey.

Two hospitals did not comply with Medicare billing requirements

Audits from the Office of the Inspector General found two hospitals failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for Kwashiorkor, a form of severe protein malnutrition.

CMS videos explain ICD-10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released two videos to explain the transition to updated medical codes and ICD-10.

Survey examines revenue cycle management for medical practices

Medical practices usually do not outsource their billing and collections processes, but revenue cycle management is becoming more popular, according to a recent survey of several hundred practices.

Google, Mayo Clinic forge partnership

Google and the Mayo Clinic announced a partnership aimed at providing more reliable and accurate healthcare information. The changes are expected to be unveiled on Feb. 17.

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