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6/24/2019

Community Healthlink, UMass Memorial Health Care's mental health organization in Worcester, Mass., alerted 4,598 patients about an April 18 phishing attack involving two employee email accounts. Although a forensic IT firm was unable to determine if there was any personal health information viewed, the incident may have exposed patients' names, health insurance information, diagnosis and treatment information, client identification numbers, dates of birth and some Social Security numbers.

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UMass Memorial Health Care
6/24/2019

Epic has added VisualDx, a clinical decision support system tool, to its App Orchard online marketplace. The tool creates a list of diagnoses and medications by gathering patient health information from the Epic EHR system, which will help clinicians to diagnose patients.

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Epic
6/24/2019

Dr. Mark Roche, the CMS' first chief health informatics officer, has resigned from the position four months after his appointment. Roche will also step down as the agency's federal representative to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.

6/24/2019

Data-driven mobile health tools, machine learning and artificial intelligence all play a role in population health management; however, the health care sector still faces some hurdles related to its adoption, including lack of access to data and information exchange, said Cynthia Burghard, research director at IDC Health Insights. The first step is accessing the data, said Burghard, adding that "most consumers are OK with using remote devices and doing virtual visits with their doctors, and the industry is beginning to reimburse providers for those services," which could help boost the adoption of data-driven devices.

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Health IT Analytics
6/24/2019

On June 19, the US House of Representatives passed HR 2740, the FY2020 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act with an amendment striking language in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill that prohibits HHS from spending any federal dollars to promulgate or adopt a national patient identifier. The narrow interpretation of the struck language that has been included in Labor-HHS bills since 1999 has effectively halted any meaningful progress related to developing effective patient matching solutions.

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HHS, AHIMA, departments of Labor
6/24/2019

The number of patients paying for low-value healthcare services, including vitamin D screening and unnecessary testing and lab work ahead of low-risk surgery, is declining slowly, according to a report from the Research Consortium for Health Care Value Assessment. Spending on high-value services including flu vaccines and HIV drugs is increasing and is a "positive indicator" analysts said.

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Research Consortium, HIV
6/24/2019

Patient-centered care is discussed often and the focus should be on control, convenience, comfort and confidence, writes Joseph Smith, president and CEO of Reflexion Health. Patients are more motivated when they feel they are in control, Smith writes.

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Joseph Smith, Reflexion Health
6/24/2019

Changing healthcare business models and physician burnout have led more doctors and medical school graduates to pursue MBAs. The number of medical school students who also pursue MBAs is twice what it was a decade ago, according to Association of American Medical Colleges.

6/24/2019

Medicaid payments sometimes don't amount to the total cost of a patient's care, so new payment methods are being introduced that practices can consider. One is a pay-for-performance system and the other is Medicaid-shared savings arrangements that can include bundled payments.

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Medicaid
6/24/2019

Healthcare providers who participate in the CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced program will be eligible for the Medicare Shared Savings Program beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The CMS is committed to addressing overlaps in alternative payment models, and this move reflects that commitment, according to Gina Bruno, vice president for clinical strategy at naviHealth, a convener for hospitals that participate in BPCI.

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