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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

HIPPA security? There’s an app for that

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a free app to help small to medium-sized outpatient healthcare providers conduct required security risk assessments.

Healthcare organizations on budget, if not on schedule, for ICD-10 transition

Early results released this week from a survey on ICD-10 readiness by The Advisory Board Company indicate that most healthcare organizations are at or below their budget for the transition, but they are behind schedule on testing and financial planning.

Realizing a technologically interoperable healthcare system could save $30 Billion

If healthcare could achieve the type of interoperability in devices and information technology (IT) systems other industries take for granted, the cost of care could be lowered by billions while patient outcomes are simultaneously improved finds a whitepaper issued jointly by the West Health Institute and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Computer virus collected data on 5,400 patients at Colorado hospital

The Valley View Hospital Association (VVH), which operates a small hospital in Gleenwood Springs, Colo., voluntarily disclosed that a virus had infected the hospital’s computers and captured data that included personal but not medical information on 5,400 patients.

UIC Researchers Find ICD-10 Transition May Cause Confusion and Financial Losses

A study by University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers finds that many providers could lose both information and money during the October 1 mandated switch from the current International Classification of Diseases to its updated version.

CMS Issues Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday issued guidance for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that need a temporary hardship exemption to implementation of stage 2 meaningful use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

ONC Survey Reveals Government’s Vested Interest in HIT Security

A survey conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finds that people who don’t trust security measures for EHRs are much less likely to support electronic health information exchange (HIE), a key goal of the ONC.

Premier Says Its Platform Helped U.S. Hospitals Save $11.65 Billion and 136,375 Lives

Over five and a half years, the approximately 350 hospitals that have participated in Premier Inc.’s QUEST collaborative beat national averages for costs and mortality through use of the QUEST methodology and integrated analytics, the Charlotte, N.C., company says. The savings so far have added up to $11.65 billion and 136,375 deaths prevented through evidence-based standardization of health care services, according to its figures.

Charles Christian, CIO, St Francis Hospital: HIT Is Enabler, Not Population Health Panacea

After working in health IT (HIT) for 30-plus years, no one could accuse Charles Christian of being a Luddite. However, as a participant in a half dozen health information exchanges (HIEs) at his former post in Indiana—and even more transitions in federal health policy—Christian is not naïve about what HIT can and cannot do when it comes to managing population health.

Christopher J. Donovan: Leveraging Data for Enterprise Business Initiatives

Data governance and discipline are keys to building a modern, maximally efficient enterprise business intelligence (EBI) platform for health care. The actual technology must be secondary to the organizational activities that go into building an EBI platform designed to serve the business information needs of the organization. The data, not the technology, should be the point of control.

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