Government & Policy

Medicare quality ratings
By Kaiser Health News 10:12 am July 25, 2016
While some hospitals fear the ratings will be misleading and oversimplified, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that its analysis proves that all types of hospitals can perform well and have opportunities to improve. 
Cyberattacks hiring information security pros
By Jack McCarthy 09:40 am July 25, 2016
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that data breaches and hacking attacks will expand the information security professional workforce by nearly 20 percent. 
OIG EHR disruption ransomware
By Tom Sullivan 01:01 am July 25, 2016
The Office of the Inspector General posted research from 2014 so there’s reason to believe the proliferation of cyberattacks and malware could create even more downtime. OIG recommended that hospitals institute and continuously update contingency plans.
FBI HHS $1 billion Medicare fraud
By Jeff Lagasse 04:01 pm July 22, 2016
Philip Esformes, Odette Barcha, and Arnaldo Carmouze were charged with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in a wide-ranging billing scam. 
CMS fraud analytics

Source: Nick Ares/Flickr

By Jack McCarthy 12:29 pm July 22, 2016
The agency used advanced analytics, partnered with law enforcement, instituted more stringent screening practices and moved away from its so-called pay-and-chase method to save billion of dollars. 

CMS said it would soon release facility-specific ratings on its Hospital Compare website.

By Jeff Lagasse 10:31 am July 22, 2016
Specific hospital ratings will be posted on the CMS Hospital Compare website soon.

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on July 21 a $36 million effort to boost health IT use at health centers across the country.

By Bernie Monegain 10:10 am July 22, 2016
Its focus is on primary care in medically underserved communities.
Donald Trump repeal Obamacare

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called the Affordable Care Act "disastrous" during his acceptance speech Thursday night. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

By Tom Sullivan 10:04 am July 22, 2016
At the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump called The Affordable Care Act disastrous, promised to replace the law and said he would take better care of military veterans. 
By Mike Miliard 11:14 am July 21, 2016
HHS and VA have made huge investments in infrastructure and cybersecurity. With its massive EHR modernization project the DHA is also opening its purse strings.
By Jack McCarthy 10:57 am July 21, 2016
Researchers propose tactics for preventing ransomware attacks and learning from them when they do occur, based on NIST’s cybersecurity framework. 

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