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CMS has released the design of the new Medicare cards which beneficiaries will begin to receive next year, containing a randomly assigned number to replace the current one based off a patient’s Social Security number.

President Donald Trump proposed cutting $22 million from the budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in fiscal year 2018. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada, has introduced an amendment to keep the agency’s funding at its 2017 level.

Electronic health records provider CliniComp is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over its decision to select Cerner to replace its in-house EHR system without allowing for a competitive bidding process.

The activities and discussions at this year’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference will go beyond fundamentals, according to the group’s vice president of health information management (HIM) practice excellence, Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS.

Jonathan Linkous has resigned as CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the group announced on Aug. 7, after leading the organization since it was founded in 1993.

 

Recent Headlines

Digital aide may improve diabetes, hypertension treatment

A new study shows the potential for digital health offerings to improve care for patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes by reducing blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels while leading to increased control of blood pressure.

3 U.S. healthcare companies ranked among the world’s top innovators

Cerner (#34), Express Scripts (#66) and Intuitive Surgical (#87), all healthcare-specific companies based in the U.S., have made the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies.

Hospitals using predictive modeling for population health

A new study found that 15 percent of providers are using predictive modeling within hospitals.

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.

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