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Report: VA Misused $92.5M for Health Claims Processing System

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:10

An investigation conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General finds that VA misused about $92.5 million to develop and launch its Health Care Claims Processing System and consequently broke an appropriations law. The report recommends that VA create an oversight mechanism, among other things. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Survey: Most Elderly Consumers Want Digital Home Health Tools

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:43

A survey from Accenture finds a majority of elderly U.S. residents are interested in using digital tools to access health care from home. However, 66% say they are concerned today’s technology is insufficient to facilitate such services. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Hospital Rating Websites Vary Widely in Rankings, Study Finds

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:25

A new study finds four websites that provide consumers with hospital ratings vary widely about which facilities are the best and which are the worst. The authors say the varying definitions of quality could confuse consumers and complicate hospitals’ efforts to focus their improvements. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Computer Model Shows Potential Effect of Measles in U.S. Cities

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:54

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has created an online epidemic simulator that allows individuals to see the potential effect of a measles outbreak in their area. The model comes amid a measles outbreak affecting more than 100 individuals in seven states. Health Data Management et al.

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Many Medical Students Unaware of Informatics Training Options

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:39

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that while many medical students are interested in clinical informatics training, few are aware of the training options available to them. FierceHealthIT, JAMIA.

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Study Finds State Licensing Process Can Impede Telehealth Adoption

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:18

A new study finds that the often time-consuming process of obtaining state medical licenses can hinder the adoption of telemedicine across state lines. For example, the study finds that the application process can take more than 12 hours, and then it can take some states 10 months or longer to issue licenses. FierceHealthIT, C3O Telemedicine release.

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Many Health-Related Web Pages Share User Data With Third Parties

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:15

A new study by a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student finds about 70% of about 80,000 health-related Web pages allow third parties to access data on which specific “conditions, treatments and diseases” users looked up on the sites, raising privacy questions. Time, University of Pennsylvania release.

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House Committee Passes Bill To Exempt ASCs From EHR Program

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:50

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved a bill that would exempt patient visits at ambulatory surgical centers from being used to determine whether an eligible professional meets meaningful use requirements. The bill aims to address the lack of certified electronic health record systems for ambulatory surgical centers. Politico‘s “Morning eHealth,” FierceEMR.

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FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules; Health Industry Weighs Effects

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:39

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission approved new regulations that will increase oversight of mobile and fixed network suppliers and prohibit paid prioritization that would create Internet “fast lanes.” Health care stakeholders are split on how the decision will affect digital health care. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of February 27, 2015

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:23

Cleveland Clinic has partnered with Cox Communications, a cable and broadband provider, to develop an in-home telehealth services program. Katie Christopherson has been named chief customer operations officer at Healthsense, a provider of remote monitoring, emergency response and wellness management tools.

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Predictive Analytics Aid Fraud Recovery; Some Call for More Efforts

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

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.

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

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

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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