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David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asked a House committee to redirect $782 million of his agency’s budget to begin the switch from the VA’s legacy electronic health record system to a new Cerner platform.

Like most healthcare conventions this year, the 2017 meeting of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) featured plenty of talk about healthcare policy coming out of Washington, D.C. With much of the attention taken up by the Affordable Care Act’s future, AHIMA’s leaders were considering the future of a different law: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

All of Us, the precision medicine research program run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will utilize data from the popular consumer wearable Fitbit, with 10,000 of the devices being provided to volunteers for one year.

A newly unsealed lawsuit claims billing software made by Epic Systems has caused hundreds of hospitals to double-bill Medicaid and Medicare for anesthesia services which could have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in improper claims to CMS.

CMS quality programs will require the use of a new health IT standard, called Clinical Quality Language (CQL), in the 2019 care year to “better express logic defining measure populations to improve the accuracy and clarity” of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs).

 

Recent Headlines

CIOs expecting IT spending to grow in 2017

Chief information officers (CIOs) in healthcare said they’re more likely than IT professionals in other industries to increase their budgets in 2017, according to a new Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey.

Mind games: Real physicians more accurate than symptom checker apps

Patients relying on symptom checker apps and websites aren’t getting as accurate of a diagnosis as they would by visiting a real physician, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Oracle reaches $100 million settlement with Oregon over failed exchange site

The state of Oregon paid $240 million for software giant Oracle to create the state’s Cover Oregon insurance exchange site, but the company will settle several lawsuits related to the site’s failure for just $100 million.

Health IT firm develops system to track, share info on hackers

Ransomware has developed into a growing infection for the medical industry, except that healthcare providers can’t treat these problems so easily. In an effort to fight data-stealing hackers, MedCrypt has recently raised $750,000 to develop new means of protection.

What sectors of the market are embracing telehealth?

Telehealth has the ability to bring patients and doctors who are miles apart face-to-face through the use of technology, but exactly what kind of facilities actually take advantage of the advancements of telehealth?

Healthcare industry accounts for 88 percent of all ransomware attacks

In the newly released Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) Quarterly Threat Report for Q2 2016, Solutionary analyzed the rates of ransomware attacks in all industries. Unsurprisingly, the healthcare industry topped the list.

HHS releases guidelines for healthcare facilities facing ransomware attacks

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released its newest guidelines for healthcare facilities when faced with a ransomware attack in response to insufficient security of data, reports Fedscoop.

CMS finalizes rules allowing sale of claims data to providers, employers

Medicare and private sector claims data will be permitted to be sold or shared to organizations which will use the information to improve care, as long as those recipients follow privacy and security requirements laid out in newly finalized CMS rules.

AT&T strategy chief lays out plans to improve healthcare IT

AT&T’s chief strategy officer announced the company’s plans to improve healthcare technology by opening its sixth innovation center in Houston’s medical district, reports Healthcare Daily.

Zimmer Biomet to acquire LDR to enhance innovation and growth of spine business

Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a global provider of musculoskeletal healthcare, and LDR Holding Corporation, a global medical device company, have announced that both boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement under which Zimmer Biomet acquire all the outstanding shares of LDR for $37 per share in cash, a value of approximately $1 billion. 

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