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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

CMS finalizes rules allowing sale of claims data to providers, employers

Medicare and private sector claims data will be permitted to be sold or shared to organizations which will use the information to improve care, as long as those recipients follow privacy and security requirements laid out in newly finalized CMS rules.

AT&T strategy chief lays out plans to improve healthcare IT

AT&T’s chief strategy officer announced the company’s plans to improve healthcare technology by opening its sixth innovation center in Houston’s medical district, reports Healthcare Daily.

Zimmer Biomet to acquire LDR to enhance innovation and growth of spine business

Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a global provider of musculoskeletal healthcare, and LDR Holding Corporation, a global medical device company, have announced that both boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement under which Zimmer Biomet acquire all the outstanding shares of LDR for $37 per share in cash, a value of approximately $1 billion. 

Going live: ONC unveils website with cost, quality info for health IT products

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology unveiled a website offering more detailed and easier-to-understand information about certified health IT products.

Change Healthcare, SourceMed to partner on billing for outpatient healthcare providers

Change Healthcare, a provider of software and analytics and technology-enabled services, has announced a partnership with SourceMed, a provider of outpatient software solutions and revenue cycle management services for surgery centers.

Digital aide may increase patient control of asthma

A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice showed the use of a new digital health technology may improve patients’ ability to control asthma symptoms.

CHIME, AEHIS weigh in on FDA's medical device cybersecurity guidance

CHIME and AEHIS believe the solution begins with more cooperation between healthcare organizations and device manufacturers.

19,000 patients at risk after Bizmatic hack

Patient Treatment Centers of America and the Interventional Surgery Institute are notifying over 19,000 patients of a security breach suffered by third party vendor Bizmatics.

Endpoint vulnerability threatens healthcare security

A survey conducted by Ponemon Institutes has found that the risk of healthcare network leaks and cyber-attacks is rising as a result of endpoint vulnerabilities.

Biomedical breakthrough? E-skin could monitor vital signs

Even in the world of Star Trek, technology hadn’t advanced this far. Medics on the Enterprise still had to lug around little handheld devices. But here in 2016, researchers have developed an ultrathin, flexible film that, one day, may become an electronic second skin.

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