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Medicare Fraud Strike Force

Source: Wikimedia

By Jeff Lagasse 03:42 pm June 22, 2016
The defendants, 61 of them clinicians, are being charged with various crimes, including conspiracy, violations of anti-kickback statutes, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.
Facebook consumer engagement

Source: flickr

By Jack McCarthy 10:36 am June 22, 2016
Healthcare and other industries are on the cusp of a new age of enlightened consumers that recognize the value of sharing data to foster innovations otherwise not possible.
Robert Wood Johnson spending $2.6 trillion

It now appears that President Barack Obama's signature piece of legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is reducing healthcare spending by more than originally anticipated. 

By Jeff Lagasse 02:55 pm June 21, 2016
The nonprofit credits Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as reducing spending by $1 trillion, while Medicare and private health spending estimates are also lower. 

"Providing these tools to help physicians and other clinicians in small practices navigate new programs is key to making sure they are able to focus on what is most important: the needs of their patients," said Vindell Washington MD, principal deputy national coordinator.

By Jessica Davis 10:25 am June 21, 2016
$20 million will be given each year, for the next five years, to provide training and education for Medicare clinicians.
U.S. State Department EHR
By Bernie Monegain 10:17 am June 21, 2016
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=22fc638658d9eeff9deca4eede4be8d0&tab=core&_cview=0The department’s Office of Medical Services is soliciting information about a commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record system to be installed at diplomatic missions.
ONC EHR interoperability

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD, said that the federal government and healthcare industry need a new dialogue about how health data is centralized, de-centralized, secured and accessed. Source: Senate.help.gov. 

By Diana Manos 07:39 am June 21, 2016
Several experts contend that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is attacking the wrong problems and the last thing anyone needs is more prescriptive regulation about EHR functionality, usability and quality measurement.
By Kaiser Health News 02:51 pm June 20, 2016
The organization praised the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment for its successes in treating combat casualties under difficult conditions while virtually eliminating preventable deaths.
AMA telehealth guidance
By Jack McCarthy 12:10 pm June 15, 2016
The American Medical Association’s latest guidelines clarify doctors responsibilities when tapping into telemedicine technologies and services.
American Medical Association takes on gun control

The American Medical Association says it will take on gun control as a public health concern.

By Jeff Lagasse 03:45 pm June 14, 2016
Vows to lobby Congress for comprehensive action on the issue, calls for lift of 20-year ban on CDC research on gun violence.
EHR data blocking ONC

Center for Medical Interoperability vice president Kerry McDermott says data blocking is a systemic issue because information sharing is a new practice in healthcare. 

By Diana Manos 07:59 am June 13, 2016
The consensus that EHR vendors and profit-hungry hospitals are intentionally making it hard for patients and outside providers to access information is based on evidence – much of it put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT – that is primarily anecdotal. 

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