To ensure that Medicaid complies with telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement requirements, the HHS Office of Inspector General will audit payments made by the program for these services and plans to release a report in 2019. The review will be conducted by the Office of Audit Services.
A study in the American Journal of Managed Care showed that physicians who used EHR-driven clinical reminders were more likely to administer the human papillomavirus vaccine to younger patients than those who did not use a clinical alert for the vaccine. Researchers analyzed adolescents' visits to office-based physicians from 2007 to 2012.
A total of 37 data breaches were reported to HHS or disclosed to the media by health care organizations in October, 13 of which were caused by hacking and 11 of which were due to insider errors, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer report. Researchers found that 246,246 patient records were breached in 29 of the incidents, compared with 499,144 records compromised in September and 1.5 million records affected in March.
The Drummond Group awarded ONC 2015 Edition HIT Module certification to NextGen Healthcare's NextGen Ambulatory EHR 5.9. The EHR system enables eligible hospitals and providers to meet meaningful use stage 3 and Merit-based Incentive Payment System Advancing Care Information performance category requirements.
A federal jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay $247 million to settle claims that it failed to warn doctors and patients about possible defects with its Pinnacle artificial hips. J&J plans to appeal the ruling.
Auxilium, a unit of Endo International, is not liable for a heart attack suffered by a man who was taking the company's testosterone replacement drug Testim, a federal jury ruled last week. Endo is facing more than 1,200 other lawsuits involving Testim.
Postdoctoral research fellow Christine Lattin studies non-native house sparrows' stress response not only to learn how to help animals as well as people survive extreme stress, but also to develop noninvasive research methods. Lattin has been targeted recently by animal rights activists and has become more vocal about her research in the hope of better educating the public about the benefits of animal research.
Radware surveyed almost 200 health care security executives and found that the health care sector lags behind other industries in terms of mitigating cybersecurity risk, with 27% of respondents expressing confidence in their organizations' ability to protect patient records and 62% saying they had little or no confidence about their ability to quickly implement updates and security patches without affecting operations. Researchers also found that 37% of health care respondents have monitored the darknet for stolen data, compared with 56% and 48% in the financial services and retail sectors, respectively.
Businesses that have employees use their own devices or corporate mobile devices have an average of 54 mobile malware attempts each year, according to a Check Point report. Every business studied was exposed to mobile malware, and 94% of security professionals expect the number of attacks to increase.
An analysis of over 500,000 patient records from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals showed that using an EHR-based clinical decision support tool to monitor patients' blood creatinine levels helped detect acute kidney injury and led to a 0.8% reduction in deaths from the condition and a 2.7% drop in dialysis rates. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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