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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

Patients skeptical of IT benefits, but demand providers take more data

Stories about hacking and the perception that healthcare providers aren’t providing adequate data security have led patients to distrust health IT. 

171,000 clinicians get MU pay cut as reporting changes for 2017

About 171,000 Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) will be hit with a 3 percent downward payment adjustment this year for failing to show meaningful use (MU) under the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program in 2015.

Daily 'safety huddles' may identify more EHR safety issues

In almost a year of “safety huddles” among staff at one hospital, 7 percent of safety issues discussed involved electronic health records (EHRs), usually regarding the technology not working properly. 

Q&A: AirStrip CEO on how the 21st Century Cures Act is a win for health IT

To go over some of the policy victories for health IT within the 21st Century Cures Act, including the extra funding for major IT initiatives, HealthExec spoke with Alan Portela, CEO and board chairman of mobile interoperability platform AirStrip.

OIG: CMS hasn’t built MACRA IT infrastructure

While the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will allow practices to submit only some data in 2017, CMS doesn’t have the IT infrastructure in place to collect it.

Automated calls to patients produce uneven results

Using automated calling services to help patients manage their own health can produce some benefits, according to a review by Cochrane, but it doesn’t appear to be a replacement for follow-up calls between healthcare professionals and patients. 

RSNA 2016: How a guest wi-fi network creates security vulnerability

What if hackers of health systems’ computer networks weren’t looking to make money off ransomware attacks or identity theft, but they were instead aiming to harm patients? They might be to pull it off, according to one cybersecurity expert, if facilities fail to separate their networks.

CMS releases API to smooth transition to MACRA reporting

Developers now have an application program interface (API) tool to help write software for the quality measures practices will need to use as part of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Using social data to help value-based care begins with ICD-10 codes

The transition to value-based care may require making it simpler for information on social determinants of health to be pulled from electronic health records.

Mobile data security guidelines on agenda at AMA meeting

The interim meeting of the American Medical Association in Orlando will consider several recommendations aimed at strengthening data security of mobile health applications and devices.

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