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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. 
iHealth Justin Barnes
By Tom Sullivan 07:32 am June 13, 2016
The newly formed company aims to help providers navigate from fee-for-service to value-based care and offer revenue cycle and analytics tools to make the transformation more effective.    

"University research serves at least three useful purposes," says deputy national coordinator Jon White, MD. "First is innovation. Second is evidence on the effect of IT on health and healthcare. Third is implementation."
 

By Sherree Geyer 02:32 pm June 10, 2016
Universities are key incubators of "early-stage, high-risk, high-yield research that transfers to the private sector."
EHR Practice Fusion FTC

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich said companies that collect personal health information have to be very clear about how they'll use it.

By Mike Miliard 10:52 am June 09, 2016
U.S. Federal Trade Commission said that the cloud-based electronic health record vendor misled patients into sharing sensitive medical without knowing it could be posted in a public-facing provider directory.  
Health Catalyst CMS value-based care
By Bernie Monegain 09:45 am June 09, 2016
The analytics startup’s research also found that less than one quarter will reach the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services goal by 2019, a year after CMS anticipates half of payments to be value-based.
By Tom Sullivan 04:42 pm June 08, 2016
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs formally removed three senior officials on Wednesday and said doing so sets the stage for moving forward. 
By Susan Morse 01:39 pm June 08, 2016
The first rebid for durable medical equipment such as orthotics and prosthetics reduced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services budget by $580 million. The second phase cut it by $3.6 billion. 
Michelle Obama Oprah United State of Women

Call her the convener-in-chief: Michelle Obama has organized a summit of 5,000 people to tackle gender inequality.

By Bernie Monegain 03:42 pm June 07, 2016
The White House event on June 14 convened to gauge the state of gender equality around the world with a look into the range of issues including economic empowerment, health and wellness, the Affordable Care Act and changing care delivery.
Operation Spinal Cap
By Beth Jones Sanborn 02:52 pm June 07, 2016
The most recent defendants join six others in pleading guilty to a scam involving spinal surgery referrals at Long Beach hospital that totaled $600 million. 
MACRA
By Mike Miliard 10:45 am June 07, 2016
Stakeholders have until June 27 to weigh in with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Why should you? Experts say the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is an aggressive and transformational piece of rulemaking. 

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