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Healthcare averaged 1 data breach per day in 2016

Last year didn’t see healthcare breaches on the scale of the Anthem hack of 2015, but there were still 450 reported breaches in 2016 affecting more than 27 million patient records, as reported in the "Breach Barometer Report: Year in Review” by Protenus.

CMS pushes back eCQM reporting deadline, promises changes in IPPS rule

As the clock winds down on the current CMS administration, some hospitals got a parting gift: extra time to report electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) data within two CMS programs.

Glitch in ICD-10 update offers some physicians free pass on PQRS penalties

Issues with the October 2016 ICD-10 update mean CMS can’t process certain quality measure data for the last quarter of the year, so the agency will waive penalties related to the glitch’s impact on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

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. 

‘Bored’ patient breaches data of 15,000 from N.H. health department

Hacking skills weren’t needed to gain access to confidential patient information of 15,000 individuals who had received services from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. All it required was a public computer.

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. 

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