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Proposed Bill Gives Consumers Right to Dispute PHI Record Accuracy

- The Center for Democracy & Technology released a proposed draft federal privacy bill, centered around a consumer’s right to understanding where their data is located and reasonable access to data upon request. While the draft pertains to all sectors, there are several elements that relevant to patient data rights. Specifically,…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/proposed-bill-gives-consumers-right-to-dispute-phi-record-accuracy]

11 Ways to Master your Healthcare Data with Datawatch

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) have greatly improved data access, but efficient Revenue Cycle Management still requires significant data preparation. This can be time-consuming and delay revenue collection. Datawatch enables healthcare professionals to master their data with unprecedented access, agility and governance. More than 2,000 healthcare…
[https://hitinfrastructure.com/resources/white-papers/11-ways-to-master-your-healthcare-data-with-datawatch]

How Healthcare Blockchain Can Help Overcome IT Barriers

- The excitement surrounding blockchain’s possibilities for enterprise IT has predominantly centered on financial services. However, healthcare blockchain could also provide solutions to IT challenges facing healthcare organizations and consumers. There are several challenges in healthcare that blockchain could help with, including data exchange barriers, supply chain problems, and patient data…
[https://hitinfrastructure.com/features/how-healthcare-blockchain-can-help-overcome-it-barriers]

Can Virtual Assistants Eliminate EHR Usability Pain Points?

- The ubiquity of EHR technology in healthcare has done little to improve its reputation among its users. Despite efforts from federal regulators, industry associations, and healthcare leaders, providers across the care continuum are still struggling with huge amounts of frustration, stress, and burnout caused by interacting with EHR tools on…
[https://ehrintelligence.com/features/can-virtual-assistants-eliminate-ehr-usability-pain-points]

Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patients in Georgia

- A ransomware attack on specialist Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia potentially breached the data of about 16,000 patients. Officials discovered a ransomware attack infected a company server on September 30, a Sunday. The server contained a trove of patient data including names, birthdates, medical histories, gender, Social Security…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/ransomware-attack-impacts-16000-patients-in-georgia]

Does Medicare Advantage Bidding Hold the Key to Reducing Costs?

- In light of future research on Medicare Advantage spending compared to Medicare fee-for-service, a trio of researchers writing on the Health Affairs blog see the promise in competitive bidding to drive down healthcare spending. “Overpayment of MA plans could be eliminated by basing government payments on bids submitted by both…
[https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/does-medicare-advantage-bidding-hold-the-key-to-reducing-costs]

Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment

- A massive farm bill quietly approved by Congress this week includes provisions to increase funding and resources for telemedicine programs and broadband expansion in rural areas. The legislation addresses two hot-button issues for healthcare providers this year: using connected health technology to combine substance abuse and mental health treatments to…
[https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/farm-bill-includes-telemedicine-funding-for-opioid-abuse-treatment]

VA Pushes Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety, Data Access

- Two recent announcements out of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) highlight the agency’s push toward more patient-centered care, including improving patient safety and patient data access. The most recent announcement pertains to the Department’s latest efforts to improve patient safety in their facilities. Starting in 2019, ten Patient Safety…
[https://patientengagementhit.com/news/va-pushes-patient-centered-care-patient-safety-data-access]

NCQA Launches Two New Population Health Management Programs

- The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has launched two new population health management programs designed to assess and support organizations as they deliver holistic patient care. NCQA’s Population Health Program Accreditation will evaluate how organizations apply population health management concepts to manage individuals in a proactive manner. The accreditation…
[https://healthitanalytics.com/news/ncqa-launches-two-new-population-health-management-programs]

mHealth Project Envisions an Ingestible Controlled By a Smartphone

- Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MIT are working on a mHealth platform that would enable healthcare providers to control an ingestible digital health sensor for up to a month after it’s swallowed. The connected health platform holds potential for care management situations in which medications are delivered…
[https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/mhealth-project-envisions-an-ingestible-controlled-by-a-smartphone]

AI, IoT, Medical Devices Top Health Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

- Cybersecurity continued to be a struggle for many in the healthcare sector this year, with several massive breaches, successful targeted phishing campaigns, and security events caused by human error. While providers struggled with the basics, like email errors and a lack of encryption, hackers have pummeled the sector with increasingly…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/ai-iot-medical-devices-top-health-cybersecurity-predictions-for-2019]

Minnesota Enables EHR Integration of PDMP Data for Safe Prescribing

- Healthcare providers and prescribers across Minnesota now have the opportunity to leverage EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to make safer prescribing decisions. The state PDMP recently went live with Appriss Health’s NarxCare platform and PMP AWARxE solution to enable providers to aggregate and analyze controlled substance data. The…
[https://ehrintelligence.com/news/minnesota-enables-ehr-integration-of-pdmp-data-for-safe-prescribing]

Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Market to Reach $20B in 2024

- Fueled by the growing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in medical research, care delivery, and precision medicine, the global healthcare artificial intelligence market is forecast by Energias Market Research to reach a value of $19.9 billion in 2024, posting an aggressive CAGR of 48.7% during that period. The increasing number…
[https://hitinfrastructure.com/news/healthcare-artificial-intelligence-market-to-reach-20b-in-2024]

Insured Patients See High Premiums, Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs

- Middle-income families spend 11 percent of their annual incomes on out-of-pocket healthcare costs and insurance premiums and deductibles, according to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund. Using data from the federal Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – Insurance Component (MEPS – IC), the researchers looked at non-elderly adults with employer-sponsored…
[https://patientengagementhit.com/news/insured-patients-see-high-premiums-out-of-pocket-healthcare-costs]

Risk Scores at Center of Sutter-DoJ Medicare Advantage Dispute

- A complaint against Sutter Health and Palo Alto Medical Foundation over appropriate risk scores has drawn the attention of the Department of Justice. The federal agency officially announced its intervention into a lawsuit that alleges that Sutter violated the False Claims Act for assigning inaccurate risk scores to its Medicate…
[https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/risk-scores-at-center-of-sutter-doj-medicare-advantage-dispute]

Aurora Health Care Pays $12M to Settle Healthcare Fraud Claims

- An integrated health system that services patients in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan recently agreed to pay $12 million to federal and state governments to settle healthcare fraud allegations. According to an announcement from the US Attorney’s Office in the eastern district of Wisconsin, Aurora Health Care settled claims that the…
[https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/aurora-health-care-pays-12m-to-settle-healthcare-fraud-claims]

Nearly 50% of Nurses See Opioids as a Top Population Health Concern

- Forty-seven percent of registered nurses (RNs) named opioid abuse as one of the top three healthcare crises that will have the worst impact on population health in the next five years, a recent survey from the University of Phoenix revealed. Fifty-one percent of administrative staff and 35 percent of US…
[https://healthitanalytics.com/news/nearly-50-of-nurses-see-opioids-as-a-top-population-health-concern]

Email Error, Lack of Encryption Breaches Nebraska Patient Data

- Fremont, Nebraska-based Prairie Fields Family Medicine is notifying 6,450 patients that their patient data was potentially breached due to an emailing error. An employee inadvertently sent an unencrypted spreadsheet to the wrong email recipient on October 1, and the mistake was discovered on the same day. Officials made multiple attempts…
[https://healthitsecurity.com/news/email-error-lack-of-encryption-breaches-nebraska-patient-data]

How One SNF Used Telemedicine to Qualify for a Medicare Bonus

- A telemedicine platform that provides real-time virtual care has helped a Long Island skilled nursing facility reduce hospital transfers, improve patient care and staff morale – and earn more than $150,000 in Medicare bonuses for the coming year. Plainview, N.Y.-based Central Island Healthcare is among just 3 percent of the…
[https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/how-one-snf-used-telemedicine-to-qualify-for-a-medicare-bonus]

Global Healthcare IT Market to Increase at 8% CAGR to 2022

- Global healthcare IT market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 8 percent, reaching $206 billion by 2022, according to a market report by Technavio. The growth will be fueled by the need for greater efficiency and reduced costs. Health IT plays a role in automating the…
[https://hitinfrastructure.com/news/global-healthcare-it-market-to-increase-at-8-cagr-to-2022]

HHS Issues RFI for HIPAA Improvements, Care Coordination

- The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) on how to improve HIPAA regulations that would foster patient-centered care, care coordination, and patient data access all while protecting patient privacy. HIPAA regulations were passed in 1996 to create protections for patient health data. Covered…
[https://patientengagementhit.com/news/hhs-issues-rfi-for-hipaa-improvements-care-coordination]

Mount Sinai, Sanofi Partner on Precision Medicine for Asthma

- Mount Sinai Health System has launched a five-year, multisite study designed to advance precision medicine therapies for asthma patients. The collaborative effort, which includes Sema4 and Sanofi as partners, will follow nearly 1200 people with asthma and collect clinical, genomic, and mobile device data to enable advanced analysis of this…
[https://healthitanalytics.com/news/mount-sinai-sanofi-partner-on-precision-medicine-for-asthma]

BlueCross BlueShield Strikes Deal to Improve Health Data Exchange

- In an agreement that will support physicians and upgrade health outcomes for its members, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has announced a partnership with HEALTHeLINK. It will enable local participating physicians to access specific claims data through the organization’s transparent and secure data exchange platform. By doing so, it…
[https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/bluecross-blueshield-strikes-deal-to-improve-health-data-exchange]

EHR Alerts Reduce Overuse of Cardiac Monitoring, Cut Costs

- EHR alerts can be helpful for reducing unnecessary use of cardiac monitoring — or telemetry — and cutting excess hospital spending, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers at the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center conducted a randomized…
[https://ehrintelligence.com/news/ehr-alerts-reduce-overuse-of-cardiac-monitoring-cut-costs]

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