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Health Care Groups Stump for More Meaningful Use Flexibility

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:02

Sixteen health care groups — including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association — are urging HHS to grant providers additional flexibility in fiscal year 2015 to meet requirements for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Report: Apply Google Principles to Mental Health App Development

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:47

A recent report recommends that policymakers employ Google’s 10 guiding principles when evaluating mobile mental health technology. In the report, researchers cite specific examples of how the principles relate to current mobile health applications. FierceMobileHealthcare et al.

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Mobile Health Developers Push for More Clarity on HIPAA Regs

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:02

A group of mobile health application developers have sent a letter to Rep. Tom Marino pushing for more clarity around HIPAA regulations for mobile apps. The group says the lack of developer-friendly HIPAA resources has made it difficult to compete with large vendors. MobiHealthNews et al.

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Report: EHRs Contribute to Physicians’ Job Dissatisfaction

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:02

A report by the American Medical Association and the RAND Corporation finds that the current state of electronic health record systems significantly reduces physicians’ job satisfaction because of a lack of interoperability and time-consuming data entry, among other things. EHR Intelligence, AMA/RAND report.

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House Democrat Seeks Hearing To Examine CHS’ Data Breach

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:01

Rep. Elijah Cummings has sent a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa requesting a hearing to investigate the recent data breach at Community Health Systems. Cummings argues that such an investigation could be helpful as lawmakers look at’s potential security vulnerabilities. FierceHealthIT et al.

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HIMSS Urges Review of Full-Year Meaningful Use Reporting Rule

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:13

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is urging HHS to change a recently announced rule that requires a full year of reporting for the meaningful use program in 2015, warning that the requirement could cause providers to leave the program. Health Data Management, EHR Intelligence.

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Ebola Outbreak, CMS’ Efforts Boosting Infection-Control Tech Use

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:44

A Black Book survey finds that the recent Ebola outbreak and CMS’ crackdown on health care-associated infections will make infection-control technology a “must have” in 2015. Meanwhile, an executive from 3M Health Information Systems argues that the Ebola outbreak demonstrates how transitioning to ICD-10 could improve public health leaders’ response to global pandemics. FierceHealthIT, Health Data Management.

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Study: Telemedicine Improves Chronic Disease Management

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:43

A study recently published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health finds that telemedicine reduced readmissions, length of hospital stays and mortality for patients with certain chronic diseases. However, the study notes that a uniform approach to telemedicine is unlikely to be effective. FierceHealthIT, Telemedicine and e-Health study.

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Health-Related Data Mining Growing; Lawmakers Consider Action

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:16

Data mining firms are tapping consumers’ online activity to collect health-related information and then are selling those data to companies for marketing or development purposes. A Senate bill introduced earlier this year would increase transparency about data mining practices and make it easier for consumers to opt out. Bloomberg.

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

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:40

Lana Moriarty of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration has been named the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s acting director for Consumer e-Health. Wellframe, a developer of clinical and patient engagement tools, has raised $8.5 million in a funding round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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ONC Rule Aims To Offer More Flexibility on EHR Certification

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:29

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a final rule that updates 2014 certification criteria for electronic health records and drops proposed 2015 voluntary certification criteria. ONC says it will make “a small subset” of the 2015 voluntary criteria optional for 2014. FierceEMR, HHS release.

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Apple Touts Health Initiatives in Newly Unveiled Apple Watch, iPhone

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:31

Apple has announced the release of its new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, which could help users better track and monitor their health and fitness activity. However, some privacy experts have raised concerns about whether Apple will comply with HIPAA, and how it will alert users to data breaches and handle developers that sell data to third parties. Healthcare IT News et al.

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OIG: Louisiana Made $4.4M in Incorrect EHR Incentive Payments

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:12

An HHS Office of Inspector General report finds that Louisiana’s Medicaid agency overpaid 13 hospitals by about $3.1 million in meaningful use incentive payments and underpaid six hospitals by about $1.3 million. The report recommends the state repay CMS and address errors that led to the incorrect payments. Modern Healthcare et al.

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42 VA Health Facilities Manipulated Scheduling Data, VA OIG Says

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:05

Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ acting inspector general told lawmakers on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee that staff at 42 of the 93 VA health facilities under investigation manipulated scheduling data and that 16 facilities used paper waiting lists instead of the required electronic waiting lists. New York Times et al.

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ATA Finds Some States Falling Short on Telemedicine Policies

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:59

The American Telemedicine Association has released two state policy reports that identify shortfalls in coverage, reimbursement and practice standards for telemedicine across the U.S. ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous says the reports should be a “wake-up call” to states that are failing to promote telehealth. FierceHealthIT et al.

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