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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.

 

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CMS videos explain ICD-10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released two videos to explain the transition to updated medical codes and ICD-10.

Survey examines revenue cycle management for medical practices

Medical practices usually do not outsource their billing and collections processes, but revenue cycle management is becoming more popular, according to a recent survey of several hundred practices.

Google, Mayo Clinic forge partnership

Google and the Mayo Clinic announced a partnership aimed at providing more reliable and accurate healthcare information. The changes are expected to be unveiled on Feb. 17.

WEDI Survey: Few healthcare stakeholders find value in HPID transactions

Only 15 percent of all stakeholders report that they find any value in the use of unique Health Plan Identifier within electronic transactions adopted under HIPAA, according to a survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

HHS bends on Meaningful Use Stage 2

In a final rule published Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated its requirement that eligible providers must use 2014 Edition certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs payments this year. Instead, they can now use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014.

FBI to examine ways to communicate cyber threat information more quickly

In the wake of the Community Health Systems (CHS) disclosure that hackers breached its computer system and accessed personal but not health data it held on 4.3 million people, a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) joined the monthly Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) cyber threat information call to discuss work being done to build a better public-private partnership on cyber threats facing the healthcare industry.

Study indicates improvement needed in EHR patient portals' display of test results

As healthcare systems implement EHR systems with patient portals for sharing test results and other health information in order to comply with Meaningful Use requirements, many have expressed concern that patients may be unable to comprehend their test results outside of a physician consult. A new study by University of Michigan researchers indicates that these critics may be right.

CHS confirms Chinese hackers accessed personal information on 4.5 million patients

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Community Health Systems (CHS), the nation’s leading for-profit publicly-traded operator of general acute-care hospitals, disclosed that this spring, a group likely originating in China was able to bypass its computer security measures and copy non-medical information on approximately 4.5 million individuals either treated at or referred to one of its facilities in the past five years.

CMS finally pins down new official ICD-10 deadline

As expected, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced late Thursday that Oct. 1, 2015, will indeed be the new transition date for the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) coding system in healthcare claims — a date stakeholders have urged it to settle on for months.

Massachusetts attorney general wins $150,000 settlement from hospital that lost patient data

When computers or data-storage media with protected personal health information on them go missing, healthcare providers don’t just face the threat of federal fines and patient class action suits. Individual states also can sue if their residents were impacted.

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