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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.

 

Recent Headlines

AHIMA17: 82% of consumers accessed their records through patient portals

Less than 5 percent of consumers had accessed their electronic health record through a patient portal in 2013. By 2016, that number had skyrocketed to 82 percent, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

AHIMA17: Ex-OCR advisor David Holtzman talks small provider security, federal budget cuts

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means changes for the regulatory landscape and enforcement for health information management, which will be the focus of David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, during his presentation at this week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference.

Allscripts closes on acquisition of McKesson’s health IT business

The acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business focused on hospital and health system IT by Allscripts has been completed as of Oct. 2, a move which appears to have tremendous support among providers using McKesson’s Paragon electronic health record (EHR) system.

Senate Dems ask OIG to justify Sunday shutdowns of Healthcare.gov

The federal Healthcare.gov site that most states rely on for their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges will be shut down for 12 hours for five of the six Sundays during the upcoming open enrollment period, as well as overnight on Nov. 1, the first day of open enrollment.

Cerner sued for $16M over billing system rollout

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against Cerner, claiming its revenue cycle management system had “pervasive errors” which has damaged the health system’s reputation and led to losses of at least $16 million and continuing costs of $200,000 per month.

ONC changing certification standards

Two major changes have been announced for the Office of National Coordinator’s (ONC) Health IT Certification Program with the aim of reducing burden for IT vendors and providers using their products.

What the new Medicare card will look like

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.

Rural hospitals less likely to adopt comprehensive EHRs

Though most hospitals, even in rural areas, have now adopted electronic health records (EHRs), a “digital divide” is growing between larger hospitals and critical access facilities in rural areas.

ONC cuts would be reversed under new amendment

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.

VA being sued over awarding EHR contract to Cerner

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.

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