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Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced it will pay $1.9 billion to acquire Flatiron Health, a startup founded by two former Google employees focusing on oncology-based electronic health record (EHR) software.

A federal judge in Florida has tossed out a lawsuit against Epic Systems, saying the plaintiff “parroted” the language of the False Claims Act without offering support for her claim that the company’s billing system software double-billed Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services.

For the eighth consecutive year, Epic was named the top software suite in the 2018 edition of the Best of KLAS: Software & Services Report, while Optimum Healthcare IT won the award for top overall IT services firm for the second year in a row.

While physicians have often blamed the meaningful use (MU) program for worsening their administrative burden and taking time away from patients, family physicians did believe more than half of the MU criteria was useful.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor Allscripts may have restored service after being targeted by a ransomware attack, but now faces a class action lawsuit alleging it left clients vulnerable to hackers.

 

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HIPAA reform on the minds of leaders at AHIMA

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).

Fitbit data to be used in NIH’s precision medicine research

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.

Epic sued over software allegedly double-billing for anesthesia

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 will transition to new eCQMs reporting standard in 2019

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).

MGMA’s Robert Tennant: ‘Targeted’ interoperability may show its true value

The medical practices represented by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) want to have more input on health IT requirements under the new administration—not a repeat of “being told what to do” as they felt with meaningful use, according to the MGMA’s director of health IT policy, Robert Tennant, MA.

Portions of GE Healthcare’s Caradigm sold to Imprivata

Lexington, Massachusetts-based health IT security firm Imprivata has acquired the identity and access management business of Caradigm, a population health company run by GE Healthcare.

Cerner EHR implementation at VA to take '7 to 8 years'

David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), told a House committee the transition from its legacy electronic health record (EHR) to a new Cerner system will take seven to eight years.

Only 9% of providers meeting 2015 CEHRT requirements

In a survey of leaders at hospitals, health system and physician practices, just 9 percent reported they’ve fully implemented products that meet the requirements of the 2015 edition of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT), though 41 percent said they’re in the process of doing so.

HIM can play important role in a successful merger

Combining health systems and hospitals means combining their health information, making the health information management (HIM) strategy a critical facet of any merger, which can be tripped up by poor planning or having an unhelpful electronic health record (EHR) vendor.

AHIMA17: Healthcare organizations recognize need for information governance

Implementation of information governance practices—or at least a need to implement them in the future—is growing, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

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