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Predictive Analytics Aid Fraud Recovery; Some Call for More Efforts

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:15

Some experts say CMS should use new methods to improve its predictive analytics fraud-detection system, similar to those used in the credit card industry. However, others caution that health care data are more complex and need to have a higher level of accuracy. Modern Healthcare.

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Vendors Report Lower Earnings, Plan Changes as EHR Spending Falls

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:06

Health IT vendors are reporting lower earnings as health care providers begin to spend less on electronic health records and focus more on other health IT tools. To offset falling revenues, some health IT vendors plan to focus more on consulting services related to the areas on which providers plan to spend more money. Health Data Management.

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Mississippi Serving as Telehealth Model for Other States, U.S.

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:46

Mississippi has passed several bills to boost telehealth adoption, and the state’s only academic hospital is now remotely connected to 165 sites and provides about 8,000 telehealth visits each month. The state’s experience has helped facilitate telehealth adoption in neighboring Arkansas and is influencing the federal debate over telehealth. Politico.

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Judge Rules Oracle Must Continue Hosting Oregon’s Medicaid System

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:17

An Oregon judge is requiring health IT vendor Oracle to continue hosting the state’s Medicaid enrollment system until at least February 2016 while a new system is implemented, even though the company’s contract to host the Medicaid system expires this weekend. AP/San Francisco Chronicle.

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CMS: Latest End-to-End ICD-10 Testing Results Show Progress

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:48

Yesterday, CMS released the results of its most recent ICD-10 end-to-end testing, showing that the agency accepted 81% of claims, up from 76% during the last testing period in November 2014. CMS says the results show it is ready for ICD-10, while other stakeholders are wary of the how prepared stakeholders are for the transition. Health Data Management et al.

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Opinion: EHR Vendors Will Lower Data Exchange Prices or Close

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:00

Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation Fellow Niam Yaraghi in an opinion piece argues that the “best solution” for addressing the “outlandish” charges by electronic health record vendors to exchange health data is for the government “to do nothing.” He writes that vendors will eventually have to lower the prices they charge for providers to exchange data or go out of business. Brookings Institution’s “TechTank.”

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CMS Grants Eligible Professionals More Time for EHR Attestations

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:54

Today, CMS said it has delayed the Medicare meaningful use 2014 attestation deadline for eligible professionals until March 20. The agency also has extended the submission deadline for certain Physician Quality Reporting System reporting methods. Health Data Management et al.

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Most U.S. Adults Want To Use Apps, Wearables for Health Management

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:43

A survey by Makovsky Health and Kelton finds that 79% of U.S. adults are interested in using wearable devices and about 66% are interested in using mobile applications to help manage their health. In addition, 88% say they would be willing to share their personal health data to improve treatment options and care. MobiHealthNews, Makovsky Health/Kelton release.

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Anthem: Cyberattack Affected Personal Data of 78.8M Individuals

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:27

Anthem officials say that a recent cyberattack affected a database containing the personal information for 78.8 million individuals. Meanwhile, FBI officials say they are close to discovering the group behind the data breach. Wall Street Journal et al.

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New HCCI Website Uses Claims Data To Compare Health Care Prices

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:14

The Health Care Cost Institute has launched a new website that allows consumers to view the average prices of 70 medical services, including office visits and diagnostic tests. Data on the site are based on more than 40 million claims from Aetna, Assurant Health, Humana and UnitedHealthcare. Modern Healthcare.

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Study: Decision Support-Enabled Mobile Apps Help Nurse Diagnoses

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:00

A study published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners finds that nurses who used a mobile device preloaded with an application with evidence-based decision support tools were far more likely to diagnose patients for certain health conditions than nurses who used mobile apps without such tools. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Google Grant Helps Expand iPad Monitoring Program at S.C. Hospital

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:51

The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston is using a $100,000 grant from Google to expand a remote patient monitoring program that allows parents to use iPads to check on their children in the hospital and infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Health Data Management.

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Some Teams Cut From DOD’s EHR Modernization Bidding Process

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:42

The Department of Defense has released a presolicitation notice establishing a new “competitive range” for its electronic health record modernization contract, leaving just three bidding teams. Officials plan to make a decision on the contract by June. Politico‘s “Morning eHealth,” NextGov.

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FTC Fines App Marketers Over False Melanoma Diagnosis Claims

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:25

The Federal Trade Commission has levied about $20,000 in fines against the marketers of two mobile health applications over misleading claims that the apps could diagnose melanoma. FTC said the claims were “deceptive” and lacked adequate scientific evidence. Washington Post‘s “The Switch” et al.

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Medical ID Theft Increased by More Than 20% in FY 2014, Study Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:28

A Ponemon Institute study finds that the number of medical identity theft incidents rose by more than 20% in fiscal year 2014, compared with the previous year. In addition, the study finds that about 68% of U.S. adults do not have confidence in their providers’ data security measures. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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