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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

Donald Rucker, former Siemens CMO, named new ONC chief

The next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be Donald Rucker, MD, a choice the industry was quick to praise once word of the pick leaked on March 31 due to an updated listing in the HHS employee directory.

HHS adds new health technology leadership post

A former Louisiana congressman and physician has been appointed to a new healthcare technology position within HHS, which is causing confusion as to what the future holds for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Ex-CMS head Slavitt rips health IT at HIMSS 2017: ‘It’s not satisfying its customers’

In a HIMSS2017 forum with two former administrators of CMS, the most recent head of the agency, Andy Slavitt, drew both applause and surprised looks from the audience over his pointed criticism of the health IT industry.

HIMSS 2017: IT growth expected but vendors too quickly 'moving on' from EHRs

The 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey found a strong demand for health IT employees and continued growth in IT budgets for both vendors and providers. In some cases, however, providers and vendors aren’t sharing the same priorities.

HIMSS 2017: IBM Watson announces new partnerships—but may lose MD Anderson

IBM has announced several expansions and partnerships centered on its Watson cognitive computing system solutions. At the same time, however, the Watson-powered oncology product being developed at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas has reportedly been placed on hold.

HIMSS 2017: EHRs are advancing 'with you or without you'

Healthcare leaders are confident their organizations will realize the full benefits of electronic health records (EHRs), while warning clinicians resistant to new technology to either take advantage of training opportunities or get left behind.

HIMSS 2017: IBM CEO says ‘cognitive era’ in healthcare has begun

HIMSS 2017 in Orlando opened with IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty proclaiming the advent of what she calls the “cognitive era” in healthcare, encouraging clinicians and IT to aggressively pursue and accept new technologies.

VA: ‘Confident we’re going to commercial’ on EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is leaning toward abandoning its troubled legacy electronic health record (EHR) system in favor of an off-the-shelf commercial option, even though the department has spent millions trying to modernize the system and advance interoperability.

Epic, Premier dominate Best in KLAS awards

Epic won the top software suite ranking for the seventh year in a row in the 2017 Best of KLAS: Software & Services Report, along with winning Best in KLAS awards and being named top physician practice vendor.

What hospitals select in public health reporting measures

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released data showing what measures hospitals reported to public health agencies as part of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

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