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Groups Comment on Draft Bill To Increase Telehealth Access

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:25

The American Hospital Association, American Telemedicine Association, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and Health IT Now have submitted comments on a draft House bill that would expand access to telehealth under Medicare. The groups’ feedback was largely positive, but they also offered suggestions for improving the measure. Politico Pro et al.

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HealthCare.gov Privacy Questions Raised at Congressional Hearing

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:11

During a House Subcommittee on Research and Technology hearing yesterday, lawmakers questioned public- and private-sector stakeholders about reports that HealthCare.gov was sharing certain consumer data with third-party companies. Lawmakers raised concerns about the vulnerability of the website. The Hill.

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Lawmakers Unveil Discussion Draft for Medical Innovation Package

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:45

Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled a discussion draft of the bipartisan “21st Century Cures” legislative package aimed at increasing medical innovation, in part by expanding health IT. The draft package includes proposals to increase telehealth use in Medicare and accelerate data sharing. The Hill et al.

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Study Recommends Ways To Better Measure the Value of Health IT

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:25

A new study proposes a framework for researchers to use in future reviews of health IT to provide a more comprehensive analysis of the technology’s value. For example, the authors say that researchers must take into account that value varies by perspective and accrues over time. Healthcare IT News, American Journal of Managed Care.

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Health Data Breaches Affecting Thousands of Patients Reported

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:54

Several health care organizations recently reported data breaches affecting thousands of patients. A breach at California Pacific Medical Center could have compromised the data of 844 patients, while a breach at a St. Peter’s Health Center physician group in New York could have affected more than 5,000 patients. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Revised Draft Bill Would Simplify Health IT Regulatory Framework

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 14:16

A revised version of the SOFTWARE Act currently circulating Congress would simplify the health IT regulatory framework by dividing health IT into two, rather than three, categories. The draft bill has received praise as a “huge step forward” by some industry stakeholders. FierceHealthIT et al.

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New BIDMC Program Will Allow Patients To Contribute to EHRs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:59

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will use a $450,000 grant from the Commonwealth Fund to partner with four organizations to develop and test a program that will allow patients to contribute to their electronic health records. The program, called OurNotes, is an extension of the OpenNotes project. Clinical Innovation & Technology, EHR Intelligence.

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HHS Will Bolster Data Sharing To Achieve Alternative Payment Goals

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:49

HHS’ newly announced plan to transition to alternative Medicare payment models will rely on IT tools and increasing the availability of health data. However, some health IT experts appear split on whether the industry has made enough progress with data sharing to support payment reforms. Health Data Management et al.

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Low-Resource, Rural Providers Lack Needed Tools for Meaningful Use

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:25

A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine finds that low-resource and rural providers could have trouble sustaining the meaningful use of electronic health records because they lack the financial resources, leverage with vendors and technical expertise. The researchers say additional federal support could help low-resource providers. Health Data Management, EHR Intelligence.

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FTC Shares Best Practices for Businesses To Protect Health Data

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:03

Today, the Federal Trade Commission released a report with recommendations for ways companies can protect consumers’ private information when using Internet-connected devices, such as those devices used to track and store individuals’ health data. New York Times‘ “Bits” et al.

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Colorado Advances Telehealth Bill; Teladoc Sues Over Rx Restrictions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:22

A Colorado House committee has approved a bill aimed at expanding access to telehealth services. Meanwhile, Teladoc has filed a lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board over an emergency rule that bars doctors from prescribing controlled substances during remote consultations. Greely Tribune et al.

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FDA Approves First Mobile App To Monitor Real-Time Glucose Levels

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:50

FDA has approved Dexcom’s mobile application system that allows diabetes patients and their providers to monitor individuals’ glucose levels in real-time. The system includes a small, internal sensor, an external monitor, an app for patients and an app for providers. Washington Post‘s “To Your Health” et al.

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Court Allows FTC To Continue Enforcement Action Against LabMD

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:39

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a challenge by LabMD to block the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement action against the company for two alleged health data breaches. LabMD, a cancer-detection services company, argued that FTC did not have the authority to regulate protected health data. Heath IT Security et al.

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CMS Posts Star Ratings for Medicare Dialysis Facilities Online

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:55

CMS has posted the first round of star ratings to its Medicare Dialysis Facility Compare website as part of a broader federal effort to increase transparency and help Medicare beneficiaries compare providers. However, some providers have taken issue with the new rating system. Modern Healthcare, AP/U.S. News & World Report.

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HHS Addresses Concerns, Boosts HealthCare.gov Privacy Protections

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:35

Following reports that the federal exchange website was sharing certain information with third-party companies, HHS over the weekend said it has added another encryption layer to protect the privacy of consumers’ data. Meanwhile, lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to HHS seeking more information about how the federal exchange is using and sharing consumers’ data. The Hill et al.

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