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1/24/2020

State officials say nearly 167,000 Colorado residents enrolled in a health insurance plan for 2020 through Connect for Health Colorado, compared with nearly 171,000 enrollees for the 2019 plan year and around 166,000 in 2018. Despite the decline, Connect for Health Colorado CEO Kevin Patterson said the open enrollment season was a success, and the exchange will continue trying to increase health insurance access, affordability and choice.

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1/24/2020

HealthSherpa says it helped about 1.2 million people apply for a health plan through HealthCare.gov during the 2020 open enrollment period, accounting for about 14% of enrollment. The figure represents a 143% yearly increase.

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1/23/2020

Be clear with a struggling employee about what's going wrong, work with them to identify problems and possible solutions, and praise them as they progress, writes Lolly Daskal. "Great leadership is having the ability to facilitate movement in the needed direction and have people feel good about it, so that even a struggling employee can feel empowered," she writes.

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1/23/2020

An unauthorized third party had access to the email account of a Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health employee between Oct. 7 and Nov. 22, 2019, and the medical practice says it has since boosted cybersecurity and employee training. Patient data including demographic, diagnostic and treatment information might have been exposed in the breach.

1/23/2020

Participants in the Gravity Project are standardizing key data elements for documenting and sharing data on social determinants of health using modern coding and exchange standards, and program manager Evelyn Gallego says they have begun to identify data definitions and address coding gaps. The next phase will involve developing a guide to FHIR implementation based on use cases and associated data sets.

1/23/2020

A letter signed by Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner urges hospital executives to oppose proposed regulations on EHR interoperability and patient access to data, expressing concern "that health care costs will rise, that care will suffer, and that patients and their family members will lose control of their confidential health information" if the rules are implemented. Supporters of the regulations say they will streamline patient care and expand consumer choice, and former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said it's "unfortunate to see this much effort placed at stalling the important, bipartisan progress we have made to open up health information."

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1/23/2020

EHR interoperability has long been an elusive goal in health care, impeded by technical complexity and proprietary commercial interests, writes Sally Buta. Federal legislation now demands interoperability and bans data blocking, and while some groups are making progress, "a culture of collaboration instead of competition, among both health IT vendors and provider organizations," is needed, writes Buta, chief technology officer and co-founder of PatientKeeper.

1/23/2020

A new method for judging the accuracy of predictive risk models could help clinicians determine the best treatment regimens for their patients, developers say. The method generates a score from zero to 1, with a higher score meaning the risk score is unreliable.

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Health IT Analytics
1/23/2020

Babylon Health is developing an app for coordinating health care for all 300,000 residents of Wolverhampton, England, that will include diagnostic, monitoring and communication functions. The app will also facilitate patient access to medical records and consultations, enable patients to book medical appointments and get prescriptions refilled, manage rehabilitation and recovery, and see a "digital twin" of themselves based on medical history and other details.

1/23/2020

Practice leaders should keep their teams focused on the mission and recognize employees who do a good job, says Cristy Good, CMPE, senior industry advisor at MGMA. Encourage employees to support each other and build a fun work environment, Good says.

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