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CMS: 257K Eligible Professionals To Get Meaningful Use Penalties

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:27

A CMS official says that more than 257,000 eligible professionals will receive a penalty starting Jan. 1, 2015, for failing to meet Medicare meaningful use requirements. The official also says slightly more than 200 eligible hospitals have received penalties for not meeting program standards. EHR Intelligence, FierceEMR.

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HHS Grants $665M to States for Innovation Models, Health IT Use

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:14

HHS has announced more than $665 million in funding to 28 states, three territories and Washington, D.C., to support state efforts to develop innovative health care payment and delivery models and enhance the use of health IT to improve care. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Obama Signs Federal Spending Package With Health IT Implications

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:20

President Obama has signed a continuing resolution omnibus spending bill that contains various health IT provisions, including those designed to improve electronic health record interoperability. Among other things, the package requires the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to decertify EHRs that block data sharing. AP/San Francisco Chronicle et al.

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Concerns Raised Over Wellness Programs’ Health Data Collection

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:49

Concerns over privacy and security have prompted some workers to challenge employer wellness programs that penalize individuals who choose not to share their personal health data. Employers say that data collected through such programs are protected and often stored by third-party companies and that employers only have access to aggregate information. Bloomberg.

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Half of Patients Want To Hide Some EHR Data From Providers

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:26

A recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finds that 49% of patients chose to restrict their primary care providers from viewing some data within their electronic health record when given the option. Providers were split on whether patients should have the ability to limit access to their EHR data. Politico‘s “Morning eHealth” et al.

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Digital Health Challenge Aims To Improve Health in Underserved Areas

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:24

The Aetna Foundation plans to award $4.5 million to up to six organizations as part of an initiative to leverage existing digital technologies to improve chronic disease outcomes in underserved communities. Applications will be accepted between Jan. 5, 2015, and Feb. 15, 2015. Health Data Management et al.

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Study: Virtual Health Care Visits Cost Less Than In-Office Care

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:12

A new study released by the Alliance for Connected Care finds that telehealth visits cost between $40 and $50, compared with about $136 to $176 per in-office physician visit. Further, the study suggests that increasing Medicare beneficiaries’ access to telehealth would help the program cut costs. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Former Sen. Frist Touts Risk-Based Health IT Regulatory Framework

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:10

Former Sen. Bill Frist uses an opinion piece to stump for various bills that would facilitate health IT innovation by creating a risk-based regulatory framework. He argues that the U.S. is “on the cusp of evolving a regulatory environment that would reward innovation, protect patient safety, create jobs and improve health and health care.” The Hill.

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Personal Health Data Made Public in Cyberattack on Sony Pictures

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:50

Hackers have released documents that include identifiable health information on more than 30 Sony Pictures employees, their children or their spouses. The data breach is part of an ongoing hacking effort by a group called Guardians of Peace, which has been releasing batches of documents since Nov. 25. Bloomberg.

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VA’s Patient Portal Fails To Reach Some High-Priority Vets, Study Says

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:46

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds variation in the use and adoption of the Veterans Health Administration’s My HealtheVet online patient portal. The researchers note that the agency should better target patients with conditions that require intensive treatment, such as those with mental illnesses. Health Data Management, JMIR.

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Drugmakers Increasingly Use Data Mining for Targeted Ads

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:22

Drugmakers are increasingly using a data-mining method, called “matchback,” to tailor Web advertisements to patients based on their prescription drug data. While drugmakers say the practice complies with HIPAA, the technique is raising privacy concerns among certain industry stakeholders. Bloomberg.

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House Committee Leaders Signal Support for Current ICD-10 Deadline

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:31

On Wednesday, Reps. Fred Upton and Pete Sessions issued a joint statement expressing their support for maintaining the Oct. 1, 2015, ICD-10 compliance deadline. They also said they are prepared to hold a hearing next year on the industry’s progress transitioning to the new code sets. EHR Intelligence et al.

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House Passes Federal Spending Bill With Health IT Implications

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:15

The House approved a continuing resolution omnibus spending bill that contains various health IT provisions, including those designed to improve electronic health record interoperability between the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense and boost access to health care in rural areas. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. New York Times et al.

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Report Predicts Big Growth in Use of Online Appointment Scheduling

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:11

A new Accenture report predicts that 64% of U.S. patients will use online self-scheduling appointment tools by the end of 2019, resulting in 986 million appointments being made using such technology that year. Researchers say online scheduling will yield about $3.2 billion in cost savings for U.S. health systems. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of December 12, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:00

Maxwell Health, a provider of a mobile platform for employee benefits, has raised $26.4 million in a funding round led by Adams Street Partners. Ben Panning, former director of architecture and technology at GE Healthcare, has been named vice president of technology at CarePayment, a provider of payment services for patients.

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