A notice of proposed rulemaking on "good faith" patient data disclosures by health care providers during patient emergencies that could be done without the consent of patients is being drafted by the HHS Office for Civil Rights, OCR director Roger Severino said. The agency is also set to release a request for information on reducing health care organizations' regulatory burdens and improving care coordination, as well as a proposal to omit a rule requiring patients to sign an acknowledgment form confirming their receipt of an organization's notice of privacy practices.
The Trump administration is heavily focused on healthcare program integrity, Joseph Grogan, associate director of health programs at the Office of Management and Budget, said at a recent policy briefing. In particular, anti-kickback statute modifications are an area of interest, because if changes aren't handled carefully, they could increase fraudulent referrals, he said.
Dexcom said the CMS has granted its G6 continuous glucose monitoring system coverage as a therapeutic CGM system for Medicare beneficiaries. The system, which continuously monitors glucose levels without the need for fingerstick calibration, will be shipped to Medicare customers beginning early next year, the company said.
The American Medical Informatics Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Health Information Management Association, Pew Charitable Trusts, KLAS Research and the Medical Group Management Association were among the stakeholders that submitted comments in response to an ONC request for information on the EHR Reporting Program. Suggestions included using the program to monitor progress toward interoperability and cybersecurity, disclosing costs and fees, improving patient safety and improving clinicians' access to data.
An artificial intelligence platform based on modern cryptographic tools allows secure, open sharing of pharmacological data among drug developers, according to an article published in Science. Researchers say they developed a computational protocol for training a predictive model of drug-target interactions that ensures the confidentiality of underlying drugs, targets and observed interactions and lays a foundation for more collaboration in biomedical research.
Poor data quality and variability in data elements impede the use of EHRs to train deep learning models, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Among the impediments the researchers identified were temporal irregularities and a lack of labels on records indicating the target, and a lack of transparency and interpretability in deep learning models.
An ad campaign for Nevada's Silver State Health Insurance Exchange focuses on the consequences of forgoing health insurance, and officials are encouraging residents to find free enrollment assistance. The average premium on plans sold through the exchange for 2019 will be slightly lower than for this plan year, Executive Director Heather Korbulic said.
The legislative committee that oversees Arkansas' health insurance exchange delayed approving an increase in fees charged to insurers for 2020 and asked for more information on why the fee is scheduled to increase, what other state exchanges charge and how the fee affects the agency's finances. The committee is also reviewing Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr's assertion that a state-run exchange would be less expensive than relying on HealthCare.gov for enrollment.
The ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights have updated the Security Risk Assessment Tool, which is designed to help small to medium-sized health care practices, business associates and covered entities identify and assess security risks related to electronic patient health information. The revamped tool, available for Windows users, includes a progress tracker, asset and business associate tracking, an enhanced user interface and a modular workflow.
An unauthorized individual was able to access three employee email accounts at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., which learned about the incident Aug. 13 and notified patients last week. The phishing attack may have compromised patients' names; treatment, procedure and health insurance information; dates of birth; and Social Security numbers for some, although officials found no evidence that the information has been misused.
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