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Henry Ford Health System warns patients of data breach

The protected health information of 18,470 patients at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) may have compromised by a data breach the system first discovered in October.

UnitedHealth’s Optum starts $250M venture capital fund with AI, cloud investments

Optum, the consulting and services arm of health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, announced at the launch of a $250 million venture capital fund investing in data analytics and digital health firms.

Indiana hospitals sued over alleged $300M scheme involving false meaningful use claims

A lawsuit claims 62 Indiana hospitals fraudulently received more than $300 million from the federal government by overbilling patients for the release of their electronic health records and falsified their meaningful use attestations.

VA Secretary: $782M needed to start transition to Cerner EHR

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.

HIPAA reform on the minds of leaders at AHIMA

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).

Fitbit data to be used in NIH’s precision medicine research

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.

Epic sued over software allegedly double-billing for anesthesia

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 will transition to new eCQMs reporting standard in 2019

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).

MGMA’s Robert Tennant: ‘Targeted’ interoperability may show its true value

The medical practices represented by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) want to have more input on health IT requirements under the new administration—not a repeat of “being told what to do” as they felt with meaningful use, according to the MGMA’s director of health IT policy, Robert Tennant, MA.

Portions of GE Healthcare’s Caradigm sold to Imprivata

Lexington, Massachusetts-based health IT security firm Imprivata has acquired the identity and access management business of Caradigm, a population health company run by GE Healthcare.