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CMS Launches Physician Payment Website Despite Industry Pressure

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:02

CMS today launched its Open Payments database, which details a total of $3.5 billion in payments made to 546,000 physicians and 1,360 teaching hospitals over a five-month period. Industry groups have criticized the database, saying that it includes incomplete information that could confuse consumers and that the launch should be delayed. Modern Healthcare et al.

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About 44K Providers Applied for Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:59

CMS says that about 44,000 providers attempting to avoid penalties under the meaningful use program applied for a hardship exemption by the July 1 application deadline. The agency did not announce how many of those applicants would receive exemptions. Bloomberg BNA, Politico‘s “Morning eHealth.”

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HRSA Awards $2M To Improve Telehealth Services in Rural Areas

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:46

The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded more than $2 million to organizations across the U.S. to expand the capabilities of remote emergency departments and test the effectiveness of telehealth emergency care among rural patients and providers. FierceHealthIT, AHA News.

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Concerns Grow as More Patients Tweak Devices for Data Access

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:05

Some observers are concerned about a growing trend in which patients tweak common medical devices in an effort to have better and quicker access to their health care data. The changes generally are not approved by FDA and have not been tested for patient safety. Wall Street Journal.

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Healthcare IT News Ranks the Best Hospital IT Departments

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:25

Healthcare IT News this week released its fourth annual rankings of the best IT departments at small, medium, large and super-sized U.S. hospitals. New Jersey-based Meridian Health Systems was named the best IT department among hospitals with 200 or more IT employees, while Phoenix Children’s Hospital was named the best IT department among hospitals with 76 to 199 IT employees. Healthcare IT News.

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Sale of Health-Related Domains Worries Public Health Advocates

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:14

Public health advocates are concerned that the sale of certain health-related domain names, such as .health, could mislead consumers to think they are viewing information from websites backed with medical credentials. They note that there is no oversight of who can purchase the domains or the information posted. NPR’s “Shots.”

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VA Delays Full Implementation of New Scheduling System

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:57

The Department of Veterans Affairs has delayed the full installation of a new scheduling system for its health care facilities until 2020. The system initially will be deployed to 300 users in 2016 and then a beta version will be deployed among 700 users in 2017. Nextgov, FierceHealthIT.

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Data Security Plans on the Rise in Health Care Industry, Other Sectors

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:52

Amid increasing cybersecurity threats, a Ponemon Institute report finds that a higher percentage of organizations, including those in the health care sector, have a plan to respond to a data breach, compared with 2013. Crain’s New York Business/Modern Healthcare, Ponemon Institute report.

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Study: EHRs Can Help Researchers Study Cardiac Structure, Functions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:33

A new study finds that electronic health records could be used to efficiently extract data to study cardiac structure and functions in diverse populations. Researchers find that using EHRs rarely results in missing data, with a manual review required for less than 1% of all data points. Health Data Management.

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Obama Urges Better Disease Surveillance To Combat Ebola

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:32

During a global health security summit at the White House, President Obama called on world leaders to ramp up disease prevention in part by enhancing disease surveillance. The Obama administration has leveraged various health IT tools to track and monitor the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. United Press International et al.

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Cloud Computing Accounts for Just 1% of HHS’ IT Budget, GAO Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:28

Federal policy directs agencies to invest in more cloud-based services, but a new Government Accountability Office report finds that HHS’ spending on cloud computing services in fiscal year 2014 accounted for just 1% of its IT budget. Further, the report finds that the agency’s cloud computing services have failed to produce significant savings. Health Data Management, GAO report.

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ACA Driving Growth in Telemedicine by Insurers, Employers

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:51

The Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on reducing health care costs and emergency department visits has spurred the growth of telemedicine companies. One such company, called Teladoc, says that its revenue grew by 100% last year and that it has garnered significant investments in funding. Fortune.

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HIMSS Analytics Sees Progress in Hospitals’ Advanced EHR Adoption

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:41

New data from HIMSS Analytics show that hospitals have made some progress in adopting electronic health records in the first two quarters of 2014. The increase comes after a lull in EHR adoption and advancement in 2013. EHR Intelligence, HIMSS Analytics chart.

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House Bill Would Allow ACOs To Expand Use of Telehealth Services

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:12

Last week, Reps. Diane Black and Peter Welch introduced the ACO Improvement Act, which would allow accountable care organizations to expand their use of telehealth services, including remote patient monitoring and store-and-forward technologies. Becker’s Hospital Review‘s “Health IT & CIO Review” et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of September 26, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:35

Doug Fridsma, former chief science officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, has been named president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association. Hospital chain HCA will acquire PatientKeeper, a software developer for physicians, for an undisclosed sum.

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ICD-10 Delay Hurt Health Care Industry’s Preparedness, WEDI Warns

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:31

A recent Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange survey finds that the federal government’s delay to the ICD-10 compliance date has negatively affected the preparedness of providers, insurers and vendors. In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, WEDI raises concerns about the slow preparation among providers, particularly small providers. FierceHealthIT et al.

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HHS OIG Identifies Security Vulnerabilities in Ky., N.M. Exchanges

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:15

An HHS Office of Inspector General report released earlier this week finds Kentucky and New Mexico’s health insurance exchange websites had security vulnerabilities that could put consumers’ personally identifiable information at risk. Meanwhile, a Bloomberg Government analysis shows HealthCare.gov has exceeded budget projections. Health IT Security et al.

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Surescripts Announces Major Expansion to Further Interoperability

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:59

Surescripts has announced that nearly 100 health systems have joined its network in the past year. The nation’s largest health information network also announced new partnerships with national pharmacy chains and electronic health record vendors to improve immunization registry reporting. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Survey: ACOs Struggle To Adopt Advanced Health IT Functions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:56

A joint survey from Premier and the eHealth Initiative finds that accountable care organizations are struggling to implement advanced health IT functions. The ACOs cited high costs, interoperability challenges and a lack of a return on investment as barriers to health IT use. Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs” et al.

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Medical Data Worth More on Black Market Than Credit Cards

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:55

Cybersecurity experts say that stolen medical information draws ten times more money on the black market than stolen credit card numbers. They also note that medical data theft often goes unnoticed longer, meaning thieves have more time to reap financial benefits. Reuters.

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