Government & Policy

$100 million Tricare fraud
By Susan Morse 11:39 am October 21, 2016
The massive scheme at Fort Hood, Texas, involved prescribing pain creams to military personnel and disguising payments. 
Zika mystery spreads humans
By Kaiser Health News 11:04 am October 21, 2016
The discovery could potentially contribute to drugs that prevent birth defects in some babies born to women who contracted the virus while pregnant. 
EHR upcoding compliance
By Mike Miliard 07:09 am October 21, 2016
Whether intentional or accidental, coding mistakes can have legal consequences. Experts share insights about avoiding those and advice about what to know when auditors show up at your door.
Amazon Microsoft NCI Biden
By Jessica Davis 12:28 pm October 20, 2016
The National Cancer Institute, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have partnered to build NCI an online repository for genomic data, the White House announced as part of its Cancer Moonshot Task Force report.
Trump Clinton Obamacare tax
By Tom Sullivan 12:07 pm October 20, 2016
Trump called the Affordable Care Act bad healthcare at the most expensive price; Clinton said Trump's tax plan would have dire consequences for Medicare.
ONC patient-generated health data

Validic's VitalSnap enables a phone's camera to share data from devices that are otherwise not connected. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:39 am October 20, 2016
Sutter is using Validic’s digital health platform to monitor patients with Type 2 diabetes in one pilot. In the other, Amita Health is implementing TapCloud’s technology for behavioral health, stroke, orthopedic surgery and other medical conditions. 
St. Joseph HIPAA violation

Protected health information from SJH was accessible on the Internet from Feb. 2011 until Feb. 2012, via Google and also perhaps through other search engines.

By Bernie Monegain 12:36 pm October 19, 2016
After an incident exposed the protected health information of 31,800 people, the organization failed to conduct a proper risk analysis, according to federal officials.
MACRA virtual groups AHA
By Jeff Lagasse 09:51 am October 19, 2016
Physician practice trade groups contend that the newly-minted final MACRA rule will make it harder for them than their larger provider counterparts. 
M*Modal cloud risk-adjustment

M*Modal CEO Scott MacKenzie. 

By Bernie Monegain 07:13 am October 19, 2016
The service can be used to boost performance by capturing disease burden and risk-adjustment factor scores.
Europol Kaspersky Intel ransomware

Europol building in The Hague. Credit: OSeveno via Wikimedia. 

By Jessica Davis 10:53 am October 18, 2016
The initiative has added a WildFire decryptor and deprived cybercriminals of an estimated 1.35 million euros since its inception in July.

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