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In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, the American Hospital Association (AHA) suggested several possible changes to the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, arguing “swift action” is needed to stabilize the markets.

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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.

AMA aims to train more medical students on using EHRs

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute to get a new clinical learning platform into medical schools, so students can gain experience with electronic health records (EHR) before beginning their residency. 

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.

Erie County Medical Center spends Easter weekend recovering from ransomware

The 550-bed Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y. has been working to restore its computer systems since it was hit by a ransomware attack on April 9. 

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.”

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.

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

Maker of OxyContin to test anti-opioid abuse app with Geisinger

One of the pharmaceutical companies often blamed for hiding the addictive nature of its painkillers is now sponsoring a trial of an app aimed at curbing opioid abuse.

VA could make decision on commercial EHR by June

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will make a final decision on whether to ditch its in-house electronic health record (EHR) system for a commercial product by June, according to VA Secretary Peter Shulkin.

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