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David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asked a House committee to redirect $782 million of his agency’s budget to begin the switch from the VA’s legacy electronic health record system to a new Cerner platform.

Like most healthcare conventions this year, the 2017 meeting of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) featured plenty of talk about healthcare policy coming out of Washington, D.C. With much of the attention taken up by the Affordable Care Act’s future, AHIMA’s leaders were considering the future of a different law: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

All of Us, the precision medicine research program run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will utilize data from the popular consumer wearable Fitbit, with 10,000 of the devices being provided to volunteers for one year.

A newly unsealed lawsuit claims billing software made by Epic Systems has caused hundreds of hospitals to double-bill Medicaid and Medicare for anesthesia services which could have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in improper claims to CMS.

CMS quality programs will require the use of a new health IT standard, called Clinical Quality Language (CQL), in the 2019 care year to “better express logic defining measure populations to improve the accuracy and clarity” of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs).

 

Recent Headlines

Six powerful Congressmen push CMS for more ICD-10 implementation information

Exactly how ready is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to begin processing International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) coded claims now, and how much more does it need to do before October 1, 2015, the mandatory implementation deadline? Six of Congress’ most powerful legislators are demanding to know.

Meaningful Use hardship exemption deadline passes without extension

The Meaningful Use attestation hardship exemption deadline passed on July 1 without any moves by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend the date for when eligible providers can file for an exemption, despite the pleas of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

CSC, Allscripts and HP Join to Battle Epic-IBM for multi-billion-dollar government contract

Falls Church, Virgina-based health information technology (IT) company CSC has announced that it will team with electronic health record (EHR) developer Allscripts and technology giant HP to make a grab for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) contract that may end up being worth billions.

Sutter Health launches its own health information exchange

The leading Northern California non-profit health system Sutter Health has announced that over the summer, it will begin deploying a health information exchange (HIE) system aimed at eventually allowing its doctors and hospitals to securely share clinical information with other providers, both inside and outside its network of care.

HHS attorney predicts big year for HIPAA fines

Jerome Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), told attendees at last week’s annual American Bar Association conference in Chicago that he expects that over the next 12 months, the administration will collect even more in fines for violations of the privacy protections in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act than the roughly $10 million it collected in the past 12 months.

7 steps to determine the right amount to spend on IT

“How much should we spend on IT?” I have been asked this seemingly simple question for more than 30 years. The answer has always been the same. It depends on what you want to get back.

AMA issues policy recommendations for telemedicine and EHRs

Outside a select number of health IT physician experts who have advised government bodies and companies developing telemedicine and electronic health record (EHR) products, most physicians have been in a reactionary mode as health IT has advanced. At the 2014 American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting, the members approved two sets of recommendations that seek to take back some of the health IT leadership role they ceded in the years watching from the sidelines.

Telemedicine stakeholders urge Burwell to change policies that stifle innovation

Outdated government policies are holding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) back from making better use of technology to lower cost while simultaneously improving care say no less than 70 individual companies, institutions and groups in three separate letters sent to incoming U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

ONC releases 10-year plan for HIT interoperability.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator (ONC) has taken the brunt of criticism by health information technology (HIT) stakeholders, legislators and industry experts as to why, with millions in taxpayer dollars spent on incentives to encourage the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), better HIT is still not saving the nation much money.

Healthcare execs put HIT first on list of what they plan to spend money on in 2014

Move over MRs and CTs, surgical robots and new facilities. According to Premier Inc.’s spring 2014 Economic Outlook C-suite survey, this year’s top investment priority for the healthcare C-suite crowd is healthcare information technology (HIT).

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