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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).

 

Recent Headlines

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.

Healthcare averaged 1 data breach per day in 2016

Last year didn’t see healthcare breaches on the scale of the Anthem hack of 2015, but there were still 450 reported breaches in 2016 affecting more than 27 million patient records, as reported in the "Breach Barometer Report: Year in Review” by Protenus.

CMS pushes back eCQM reporting deadline, promises changes in IPPS rule

As the clock winds down on the current CMS administration, some hospitals got a parting gift: extra time to report electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) data within two CMS programs.

Glitch in ICD-10 update offers some physicians free pass on PQRS penalties

Issues with the October 2016 ICD-10 update mean CMS can’t process certain quality measure data for the last quarter of the year, so the agency will waive penalties related to the glitch’s impact on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

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