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CISOs Need to Be Both Healthcare IT Security and Business Experts

- CISOs need to be business experts as well as healthcare IT security experts, observed University of Chicago Medicine VP and CIO Heather Nelson during her Oct. 19 keynote address at the Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance Through HIPAA Security conference being held this week in Washington, DC. “You’ve got to…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/cisos-need-to-be-both-healthcare-it-security-and-business-experts]

VT Health Information Exchange Working to Reduce Duplicate EHRs

- After more than a year of financial and administrative problems, healthcare leaders running Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) have begun work to reduce duplicate patient EHRs within the HIE and optimize efficiency. Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) operates the exchange and has been ordered by the State of Vermont to…
[https://ehrintelligence.com/news/vt-health-information-exchange-working-to-reduce-duplicate-ehrs]

10 Ways to Fulfill Patients’ Communication Wish List

Patients place high care expectations on their providers, and though providers continually strive to meet their demands, there is more they could be doing-especially concerning communication between appointments. A recent study by West discovered a high demand for communications focused on prevention, disease management and billing transparency. Download West's new…
[https://hitinfrastructure.com/resources/white-papers/10-ways-to-fulfill-patients-communication-wish-list]

Advancements in HIT Infrastructure Tools Spawn Digital Transformation

- Allina Health announced Oct. 18 it has joined AVIA, a network of healthcare organizations committed to transforming patient care through digital transformation, to help improve their HIT infrastructure. The recent advancements in health IT have driven Allina Health to prioritize digital transformation to increase clinician workflow and improve patient care.…
[https://hitinfrastructure.com/news/advancements-in-hit-infrastructure-tools-spawn-digital-transformation]

AMA Offers Guidance for EHR Vendor Selection in New Playbook

- A new Digital Health Implementation Playbook from AMA offers providers recommendations for navigating each phase of the health IT implementation process, including EHR vendor selection. The guidance outlines key steps, best practices, and resources for providers and staff to streamline the adoption and scale of health IT solutions across care…
[https://ehrintelligence.com/news/ama-offers-guidance-for-ehr-vendor-selection-in-new-playbook]

802 Orgs Lauded for Hypertension Control, Chronic Disease Management

- The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have recognized 802 physician practices and health systems across the country for improving chronic disease management among patients with hypertension. Launched in 2017 as an extension of Target: BP, the Target: BP Recognition Program is an annual initiative run…
[https://healthitanalytics.com/news/802-orgs-lauded-for-hypertension-control-chronic-disease-management]

OCR Drafts NPRM on ‘Good Faith’ Patient Data Disclosure Rules

- OCR is drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on “good faith” disclosures of patient data by healthcare providers in patient emergencies, such as an opioid overdose. This disclosure could be done without the patient’s consent, said OCR Director Roger Severino during his Oct. 18 keynote address at the Safeguarding…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/ocr-drafts-nprm-on-good-faith-patient-data-disclosure-rules]

Administrative Plan Costs for Managed Care Payers Jumped 5.7% in 2017

- Managed care payers experienced a 5.7 percent increase in administrative plan costs in 2017, for items such as staffing and customer service support, according to an analysis from the Sherlock Company. Spikes in Medicaid enrollment generally drove administrative cost increases for managed care payers, the analysis found. Health plan management…
[https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/administrative-plan-costs-for-managed-care-payers-jumped-5.7-in-2017]

Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

- The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the quality or payment of care. And while those considerations are important, ACLM…
[https://patientengagementhit.com/news/groups-call-for-lifestyle-medicine-policies-addressing-sdoh]

HRSA Awards $293M to Bolster the Primary Care Workforce

- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is looking to bolster primary care by awarding $293 million to expand the primary care workforce, HHS recently announced. The healthcare industry is facing a serious physician shortage problem. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently projected the industry to fall short…
[https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/hrsa-awards-293m-to-bolster-the-primary-care-workforce]

FCC Chief Touts mHealth Advances During Connected Health Keynote

- Federal officials reaffirmed the government’s interest in expanding broadband connectivity and bringing telehealth tools to bear on the opioid abuse epidemic during this week’s Connected Health Conference in Boston. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took the stage Thursday to note several federal efforts to expand broadband access to rural…
[https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/fcc-chief-touts-mhealth-advances-during-connected-health-keynote]

BCBS of TN Defrauded $174M in $2B Telemedicine Insurance Scheme

- BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) of Tennessee has been named a damaged party after it was defrauded $174 million as part of a larger $2 billion telemedicine insurance scheme, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee unsealed a 32-count indictment that alleges four…
[https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/bcbs-of-tn-defrauded-174m-in-2b-telemedicine-insurance-scheme]

NCCoE Unveils Vendor Partners for Medical Device Security Project

- The NIST-backed National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) unveiled this week an initial set of vendor partners for a medical device security project called Securing Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). The vendor partners include Cisco, Clearwater Compliance, DigiCert, ForeScout, Hyland, Symantec, TDi Technologies, Tempered Networks, Tripwire, Virta Labs, and…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/nccoe-unveils-vendor-partners-for-medical-device-security-project]

Challenges Persist in Training Deep Learning Models on EHR Data

- Deep learning models have demonstrated early potential in improving healthcare analytics, but researchers still have to overcome significant challenges when using electronic health record (EHR) data to develop these models, a study published in JAMIA found. Deep learning models have shown success in several areas of care delivery, including image…
[https://healthitanalytics.com/news/challenges-persist-in-training-deep-learning-models-on-ehr-data]

2015 Edition CEHRT In Use By Over 90% of Eligible Hospitals

- Over 90 percent of eligible hospitals use 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) as of October 2018, according to the most recent data from ONC. This update comes as part of a set of data visualizations showing the percentage of hospitals using 2015 Edition CEHRT, as well as the percentage…
[https://ehrintelligence.com/news/2015-edition-cehrt-in-use-by-over-90-of-eligible-hospitals]

Lack of Broadband Access Can Hinder Rural Telehealth Programs

- Telehealth programs allow patients to connect with their care providers from local clinics or the comfort of their homes. While this is useful to many patients who can’t easily meet with a provider or are interested in saving on travel time, the reliable broadband connections needed to successfully use telehealth…
[https://hitinfrastructure.com/news/lack-of-broadband-access-can-hinder-rural-telehealth-programs]

Sequoia Project Launches Health IT Interoperability Cooperative

- The Sequoia Project recently announced the launch of a public-private health IT interoperability cooperative called Interoperability Matters. The cooperative will primarily work to advance real-world solutions to end information blocking and improve interoperability. Experts from the public and private sector will be invited to identify, prioritize, and collaborate on solutions…
[https://ehrintelligence.com/news/sequoia-project-launches-health-it-interoperability-cooperative]

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program May Have Cost Concerns

- The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may not fully cover provider costs needed to administer classes and other programs to prevent diabetes among Medicare members, says a new report from the University of Colorado (UC) School of Medicine. The team found that there is a $661 gap between provider reimbursements…
[https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/medicare-diabetes-prevention-program-may-have-cost-concerns]

PHI on 37K at Risk in Gold Coast Health Plan Phishing Attack

- California-based Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) reported to OCR Oct. 5 that a phishing attack exposed PHI on 37,005 individuals. In a Oct. 8 news release, GCHP said that attackers compromised an employee’s email account, permitting them to gain access to emails sent to the account between June 18 and…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/phi-on-37k-at-risk-in-gold-coast-health-plan-phishing-attack]

The Sequoia Project Announces New Interoperability Cooperative

- The Sequoia Project has launched a new public-private cooperative called Interoperability Matters, which will invite experts from the health IT community to identify and improve barriers to nationwide health information exchange. Healthcare subject matter experts and stakeholders from across the private sector and government will form the Interoperability Matters workgroups.…
[https://healthitanalytics.com/news/the-sequoia-project-announces-new-interoperability-cooperative]

Breaking Down HHS Drug Advertisement, Price Transparency Proposal

- A storm is brewing between the Department of Health & Human Services and the pharmaceutical industry, as experts on both sides debate drug advertisements and requirements for consumer-centered price transparency. Causing the debate is a newly proposed rule that would require all pharmaceutical companies advertising drugs paid for by Medicare…
[https://patientengagementhit.com/news/breaking-down-hhs-drug-advertisement-price-transparency-proposal]

Medical Spending, Utilization the Same for Cancer Patients in ACOs

- Cancer patients treated by providers in a Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) did not see lower medical spending or healthcare utilization compared to similar patients treated at non-ACO practices, a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed. “Although it may be too early to see an impact of…
[https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/medical-spending-utilization-the-same-for-cancer-patient-in-acos]

Will Healthcare Providers See Value in Telehealth Accreditation?

- Hospitals and health systems will adopt telehealth if the technology enables them to improve care outcomes, reduce waste and improve provider workflows. But do they feel that accreditation is part of the path to success? With a vast majority of healthcare providers dabbling in connected care in one fashion or…
[https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/will-healthcare-providers-see-value-in-telehealth-accreditation]

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