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CMS has released the design of the new Medicare cards which beneficiaries will begin to receive next year, containing a randomly assigned number to replace the current one based off a patient’s Social Security number.

President Donald Trump proposed cutting $22 million from the budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in fiscal year 2018. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada, has introduced an amendment to keep the agency’s funding at its 2017 level.

Electronic health records provider CliniComp is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over its decision to select Cerner to replace its in-house EHR system without allowing for a competitive bidding process.

The activities and discussions at this year’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference will go beyond fundamentals, according to the group’s vice president of health information management (HIM) practice excellence, Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS.

Jonathan Linkous has resigned as CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the group announced on Aug. 7, after leading the organization since it was founded in 1993.

 

Recent Headlines

ONC touts progress on EHR adoption but Stage 2 meaningful use achievement is low

A May report from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) shows significant progress in hospitals adopting at least a basic electronic health record (EHR) system. However, the same week the report was released, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials revealed that, so far this year, only four hospitals have met Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.

House approves VA and Defense budget bill with HIT interoperability requirement

In what may be a signal of how serious legislators are about the need for health information technology (HIT) developers to advance interoperability in EHR systems at a faster pace, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and Defense Department appropriations bill that holds back HIT funding until progress on EHR interoperability is demonstrated.

Will new deadline set for ICD-10 stick?

The changeover to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) coding set has a new deadline, but after several such delays, uncertainty continues about the permanence of this deadline.

State medical boards issue telemedicine policy guidelines that favor video

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has updated its voluntary telemedicine policy guidelines to ensure that as communication technologies and care delivery systems evolve, patients are protected.

AHIMA conference concludes without new ICD-10 implementation date

Despite high hopes that Denise Buenning, acting deputy director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services, would use her appearance at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Washington, D.C., as a platform for revealing the new ICD-10 implementation date, the conference ended Wednesday with no further information from CMS on when the actual switch would happen.

Allina Health finds even small use of HIE can prevent care duplication, drug seeking

Minneapolis-based Allina Health’s division of applied research has published a study on its use of one health information exchange (HIE) tool that indicates that even when a HIE is used in a relatively limited fashion, it can help improve care.

Coalition urges CMS to name new ICD-10 transition date now

A broad group of healthcare industry stakeholders involved in the transition to International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) coding system are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to name Oct. 1, 2015 — the soonest possible date for the transition — as the new date for the change.

CIOs workloads outpacing compensation

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) responsibilities have increased dramatically since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act) passed in February of 2009, and their compensation is not keeping up finds a survey of more than 200 healthcare executives conducted by search firm, SSi-SEARCH.

IOM recommends EHRs include social and behavioral information

An Institutes of Medicine (IOM) committee has issued new recommendations that electronic health records (EHRs) should include social and behavioral data on patients in addition to medical data. However, the IOM does not address the potential patients sensitivities and security issues in including this data.

ICD-10 delay increases transition costs and confusion

The proposal to delay the mandatory implementation of ICD-10 coding went from introduction to being passed by Congress in less than a week and left many hospital and health system CIOs, CMIOs and consultants across the country scrambling to figure out what their next steps should be.

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