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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).

 

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New York City public hospitals investing $289 million in Epic revenue cycle software

NYC Health + Hospitals, the operator of public hospitals and clinic in New York, announced it will “implement new, advanced revenue cycle technology” from Epic at a cost of $289 million over the next five years.

Cerner still king among EHR vendors

Cerner owns the greatest market share among electronic health record (EHR) vendors, topping competitors McKesson and Epic, while a number of smaller competitors are “thriving,” according to a Kalorama Information report.

CMS asks for feedback on MACRA’s version of meaningful use

Clinicians have another chance to influence how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) measures meaningful use, as CMS will be taking suggestions on new measures through June 30.

Health 2.0 conferences acquired by HIMSS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has acquired the conference component of Health 2.0, focused on start-up digital technologies in healthcare.

Cerner is VA’s most likely EHR vendor

If the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decides to ditch its in-house electronic health record (EHR) system for a commercial product, Cerner would be the best vendor candidate, according to a report from Black Book.

San Mateo County CIO: The hard part of health IT is information governance

San Mateo County Health System in California may be adjacent to the technology hotbed of Silicon Valley, but you’d be wrong to assume it’s on the cutting edge of health IT. Instead, it has what the system’s chief information officer called a “spaghetti conundrum.”

Physicians spending same amount of time on ‘desktop medicine,’ seeing patients

Physicians are evenly splitting their time between office visits with patients and “desktop medicine” activities like typing notes, ordering tests and making referrals through a patient’s electronic health record, according to a study published in the April 2017 issue of Health Affairs

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.

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