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Study: ‘Defensive medicine’ represents small portion of medical costs

Defensive medicine, which is care delivered in response to a fear of malpractice lawsuits, accounted for about 28 percent of tests, procedures and hospitalizations at three hospitals, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Early tech adopters in healthcare reap the rewards

Much has been said about how far healthcare lags behind other industry sectors but early adopters in healthcare are reaping valuable returns on the investment, according to study conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytics Services and sponsored by Verizon.

Wash. system launching $150M venture capital fund

Providence Health & Services is launching a $150 million venture capital fund to help spur innovation across the healthcare system that lowers costs and leads to better outcomes.

NYC hospital launches innovation center

A newly launched innovation center will focus on both new treatments and tools for musculoskeletal conditions as well as care delivery innovations.

Cognizant acquiring TriZetto for $2.7B

Cognizant Technology Solutions has agreed to buy TriZetto from Apax Partners for $2.7 billion in an all-cash deal that will allow the company to expand its healthcare industry software offerings.

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.