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Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst HHS privacy and security CISO

Intermountain CIO Marc Probst said that strategy is the key to defending against cybercriminals and urged Congress to make sure HHS has a coordinated effort in place. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:02 am May 25, 2016
The chief information officer and CHIME board chair testified that it is vital for Health and Human Services to institute a coordinated plan for protecting data and systems against cyberattacks.  
Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders Donald Trump Medicare for More campaign
By Susan Morse 10:42 am May 25, 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign proposal would make uninsured Americans eligible for Medicare at age 50 or 55. Whether that will be financially advantageous is a matter of some debate. 
Veterans Affairs VA CVS Minute Clinics

In a new test program, Veterans can visit one of 14 CVS Minute Clinics in the San Francisco Bay area and receive free care for certain conditions and medications and the VA will reimburse CVS for the treatment. 

By Kaiser Health News 09:44 am May 25, 2016
Struggling with long wait times, the Veterans Affairs Health Care System is trying something new: a partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain to offer urgent care services to more than 65,000 veterans. The experiment begins today at the VA’s operations in Palo Alto, California.
interoperability ONC Precision Medicine

Advisors to ONC, which resides within Health and Human Services headquarters, suggested that ONC make accommodations for President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative within the Interoperability Roadmap. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:18 am May 24, 2016
The advisory committee said that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should accelerate the definition and standards for President Obama's PMI and Patient-Generated Health Data. 
House calls Medicare Medicaid  Independence at Home
By Kaiser Health News 10:11 am May 23, 2016
An experimental program called Independence at Home saved an average of $13,600 per patient during its first year. 
CMS Medicare Mediciaid
By Bill Siwicki 08:26 am May 23, 2016
Networks are aiding medical practices and community health centers to prepare for population health and value-based reimbursement, executive director Debra Simmons says.
ransomware HIPAA OCR HHS
By Bill Siwicki 11:17 am May 20, 2016
The cyber-threats are increasingly hitting healthcare organizations with great effectiveness, and the OCR is preparing to assist executives seeking to better protect their data and systems.
VA EHR telehealth
By Jack McCarthy 09:11 am May 18, 2016
Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health David Shulkin said it will establish the centers this summer in South Carolina, Utah, Pennsylvania and the Pacific Northwest. 
FDA EHR patient safety electronic health records
By Mike Miliard 11:30 am May 17, 2016
The draft document takes on topics related to interoperability, data integrity, record retention and more.
Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders Donald Trump election 2016 long-term care dental Medicare
By Kaiser Health News 10:22 am May 16, 2016
Long-term care, out-of-pocket spending, and even dental care are among the challenges that America faces in the next few years but Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not saying nearly enough about their intentions in those areas. 

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