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CMS Reportedly Withholding More Data from Physician Payment Site

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:37

According to a report, CMS plans to withhold records of research grants that drugmakers make to physicians through intermediaries from its Open Payments System when it launches Sept. 30. Meanwhile, the agency will extend the deadline for physicians to review data and push back the site’s corrections period to account for two upcoming “scheduled maintenance upgrades.” ProPublica et al.

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Report: 27% of Physician Practices Considering Replacing Their EHRs

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:36

A KLAS report finds that 27% of physician practices are considering replacing their electronic health record systems and that an additional 12% want to replace their EHR systems but face financial or organizational barriers that prevent them from doing so. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Pentagon Accepting Bids for $11B EHR Modernization Project

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:45

The Department of Defense has issued a much-anticipated solicitation for bids for an $11 billion contract for its Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization project. Earlier this summer, two groups of electronic health record vendors and technology giants announced plans to compete for the multibillion-dollar contract. FierceGovernmentIT et al.

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TIA Backs FDA’s Plan Not To Regulate Medical Device Data Systems

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:32

In a letter this week, the Telecommunications Industry Association said it supports FDA’s plan not to regulate medical device data systems. FDA in June issued draft guidance saying that it considers medical device data systems to be safe and does not intend to regulate such tools. Health Data Management, TIA letter.

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VA Investigation: No Proof That Falsified Data Led to Vets’ Deaths

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:03

A Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General investigation did not find any links between care delays related to falsified wait time data and reported deaths at a VA health center. Meanwhile, VA announced that it soon will issue a request for proposal to build a new scheduling system. New York Times et al.

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Todd Park To Step Down as U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:51

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is expected to step down by the end of the year to take on a new role as an IT recruiter for the federal government. During his nearly five-year tenure with the Obama administration, Park helped lead efforts to fix and implement several health IT initiatives, such as openFDA. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Oregon Sues Oracle Over Botched Health Insurance Exchange Website

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:35

Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Oracle America alleging that the company submitted fraudulent claims and failed to deliver on its contractual obligations for the state health insurance exchange. The suit comes two weeks after Oracle filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the state. Los Angeles Times‘ “Nation Now” et al.

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