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GAO To Release HealthCare.gov Cybersecurity Report in 2015

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:43

A Government Accountability Office official says the agency will release a report about HealthCare.gov’s cybersecurity incidents later this year. Meanwhile, CMS has acknowledged that a glitch on the federal exchange website might have incorrectly denied individuals Medicaid coverage and caused some families to receive lower subsidies. The Hill, Kaiser Health News.

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CMS Details Strategic Vision for Physician Quality Reporting Programs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:30

CMS has released a strategic vision to guide how it plans to use its physician quality reporting programs to improve health care. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and CMO Patrick Conway said such programs will “serve as the foundation” for the transition to value-based payment models. Health Data Management, “The CMS Blog.”

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Study: Patient Outcomes Decline After Remote Monitoring Ends

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:24

Officials are considering revising a remote patient monitoring program after a study found that hospitalization rates for those in the program increased after the program ended. During the program period, the study showed that it helped to reduce hospitalization and mortality rates among individuals with congestive heart failure. MobiHealthNews.

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HHS Commits To Working With Senate on EHR Adoption Issues

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:09

During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing yesterday, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell committed to helping the Senate identify and address issues related to electronic health records. In response to lawmakers’ concerns about the ICD-10 transition, Burwell said HHS will “continue to work” with the small group of providers who are not ready. Health Data Management et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of April 24, 2015

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:00

eCaring, a provider of care disease management services, has partnered with Samsung Business Services to develop tablet-based disease management technology. Ahmed Haque, director of programs and engagement at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, has been named executive director of Aledade, an accountable care consulting firm.

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Study: EHRs Could Help Patients Maintain Health Insurance ‘Stability’

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:52

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that electronic health records could be used to validate patients’ health insurance information and help patients retain their coverage through enrollment and retention support. FierceEMR, JAMIA.

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Experts Question Efficacy of Current Data Exchange Practices

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:46

Electronic health record vendor data show providers increasingly are sharing patient data electronically, but several industry experts say that such information is often not useful to providers. For example, they say data sent through the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture standard can be hard to navigate. Modern Healthcare.

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Groups Offer ICD-10 Transition Tools, Urge Continued Preparation

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:32

Several groups are offering preparedness tools and resources for providers as the Oct. 1 ICD-10 transition deadline nears. Meanwhile, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society ICD-10 Task Force recommends that providers continue their transition preparedness efforts even after the deadline passes. EHR Intelligence, HIMSS website.

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Industry Reaction Mixed to Joint Commission’s Health IT Warning

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:55

Some industry stakeholders have applauded the Joint Commission’s recent sentinel event alert warning that health IT can pose risks to patients for helping to create a “baseline” for future studies. However, other stakeholders say the alert was too narrow in its analysis of sentinel alerts. Health Data Management.

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Senate Subcommittee Appears To Support Expanding Telehealth

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:43

During a Senate subcommittee hearing yesterday, stakeholders discussed how telehealth has reduced costs and improved outcomes, but they noted barriers to further use, such as broadband connectivity and reimbursement. Subcommittee members said they largely support increasing the use of telehealth and expanding Medicare reimbursements for such services. AHA News et al.

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FDA Announces $1M Grant To Use EHR Data To Evaluate Drug Safety

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:30

FDA has announced it will provide a grant of up to $1 million for a recipient to use information from an agency database of more than 150 million electronic health records to evaluate post-market drug safety. Grant applications are due June 15, and a one-year grant period will begin July 15. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Site Allows Global Access to Real-Time Ebola, MERS Gene Sequences

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:00

A project led by a group of international scientists aims to help researchers around the world access online real-time genetic sequencing data on Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome viruses. Scientists hope the data will aid in diagnosing, treating and preventing the viruses. Reuters.

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Study: Clinical Decision Support Can Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:56

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that clinical decision-support tools can help facilitate efforts to reduce childhood obesity. According to the study, children whose families and pediatricians were most active in using clinical decision-support tools and health coaching experienced the greatest reductions in body mass index. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Opinion Piece, Editorial Slam Data Blocking, Lack of Interoperability

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:43

A Modern Healthcare opinion piece argues that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT must do more to bar stakeholders from restricting access to and the sharing of health data. Meanwhile, a New York Times editorial suggests that the federal government could implement new laws and regulations to stop “information blocking.” Modern Healthcare, New York Times.

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Quest, French Agency Launch Cancer Gene Data Sharing Project

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:18

France’s national health agency and Quest Diagnostics have launched a global data sharing project aimed at expanding knowledge about how certain genetic mutations are related to ovarian and breast cancer risk. The initiative has signed on Laboratory Corporation of America as the first participant. Reuters et al.

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Few People Use Pricing, Quality Data in Health Care Decisions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:50

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that only 6% of adults use quality data when making decisions about a doctor, hospital or insurer. According to the poll, fewer than 9% of people use pricing data when making decisions on health plans, while just 3% use such data when selecting a physician. Kaiser Health News.

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CMS Offers $3B To Help States Build, Upgrade Medicaid Systems

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:30

CMS has proposed extending federal matching rates to encourage states to create and maintain Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems. CMS says it expects several states to take advantage of the renewed funding, which would cost the federal government about $3 billion. Modern Healthcare, CMS proposed rule.

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Report: 78.5M People Worldwide To Use Home Health Tech by 2020

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:28

Market intelligence firm Tractica projects that the global home health technology market will more than quadruple in size, from 14.3 million individuals using such tools in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020. The report notes that the market still faces challenges, including interoperability and data security and privacy. Clinical Innovation & Technology, MobiHealthNews.

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