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7/23/2019

People who had undergone breast cancer treatment had higher patient satisfaction scores if they were in a study group that reported pain, fatigue, physical functioning and emotional distress levels through a patient portal each month, compared with peers who received standard post-treatment care, according to the results of a pilot study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting. A triage nurse followed up with patients who reported moderate to severe symptoms or medication nonadherence or who asked to speak with a nurse.

7/23/2019

CHIME and the American Health Information Management Association hosted a congressional briefing to encourage lawmakers to support an amendment that would strike down a section of the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill, allowing HHS to use federal funding on the creation of a unique patient identifier. "Now more than ever we need a nationwide unique patient identifier to ensure that patients are correctly identified in our increasingly digital health care ecosystem," said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell.

7/23/2019

Members of hospital and health system boards lack health IT expertise, according to the results of a Black Book Research survey of 308 senior executives, with 88% of respondents admitting to a lack of knowledge about health care cybersecurity risks, 92% having no knowledge of IT life cycle costs, and more than 90% lacking knowledge about artificial intelligence and machine learning. As a result, supervising boards might be unprepared to lead implementation of technology for marketing, analytics, intelligence and interoperability, Black Book Research founder Doug Brown said in a statement.

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7/23/2019

Health care providers at independent medical practices are less likely than those at larger group practices and hospitals to attest to meaningful use of health IT and EHRs, and they are more likely to have left the meaningful use program, according to a study in Health Services Research. Financial incentives may have been inadequate for independent physicians as EHRs and the meaningful use program evolved, says study leader Jordan Everson, and the findings suggest that independent practices need assistance as pressure grows to invest in EHR technology and other health IT.

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Health Services Research
7/23/2019

Medicare Advantage plan carrier Essence Group Holdings is under federal scrutiny and faces a whistleblower lawsuit for allegedly inflating risk scores of patients diagnosed with stroke or depression. Essence Group also owns the data-mining platform Lumeris, which uses data to improve health care efficiency and reduce spending.

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Essence Group Holdings, Lumeris
7/23/2019

Tennessee State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, says that as chairman of the state's Electronic Health Records Task Force he intends to identify ways to improve the efficiency of EHRs, reduce health care providers' costs, and eliminate EHR-enabled fraud and abuse in the TennCare Medicaid program.

7/23/2019

Stakeholders at a meeting hosted by the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the American Association for Cancer Research discussed the FDA's framework for using real-world evidence to support changes to labeling. The FDA welcomes input on the regulatory science behind using RWE, said Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay, director of the CDER's Office of Medical Policy.

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Regulatory Focus
7/23/2019

Do you have an idea that solves a problem in health care? Send in your innovative idea to the 2019 Pitch Competition, to be held at the AHIMA19 Conference. Whether it's a napkin sketch or business plan, this is your opportunity to get in front of industry experts. The application deadline is Aug. 12. Learn more.

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ahima.org
7/23/2019

In a collaborative partnership with AHIMA, the National Cancer Registrar Association (NCRA) developed the Cancer Registry Management (CRM) program to enhance learning opportunities for prospective cancer registrars, and to help students become eligible to sit for NCRA's Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) exam. The online program allows students to tailor training based on their schedules and offers support for content and technical questions. Learn more.

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7/23/2019

Chief information security officers face significant pressure daily, from maintaining their companies' data security to keeping up with technological advancements and ensuring compliance with government regulations, which often leads to short tenures in the role. To address this, CISOs should receive continuous support with their initiatives from all departments.