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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.
Ransomware
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. 
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivers a speech at the Republican National Convention on July 20 in Cleveland, Ohio. Pence has drawn criticism from the left and the right for various health care stances. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Kaiser Health News 10:52 am July 21, 2016
As a congressman, Pence was an early advocate for defunding Planned Parenthood.
HHS Starbucks care models
By Jack McCarthy 07:04 am July 21, 2016
While new models of care have emerged, none are easily replicable. That’s challenging in an industry where spending is uncertain but providers and policymakers can look to the most expensive patients as an opportunity to drive innovation.  

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