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Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine telehealth ACA

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine expanded Medicaid in Virginia under the Affordable Care Act and instituted telehealth programs to improve care in rural areas.

By Jessica Davis 11:25 am July 28, 2016
The Virginia Senator has helped to increase healthcare access throughout Virginia via telehealth initiatives and Medicaid expansion.
EHR extinguish HIE
By Jack McCarthy 07:12 am July 28, 2016
With the number of health information exchanges declining since 2012, and EHR makers creating their own exchanges, the latter might just be a more effective way to share patient data. 
Montefiore HIV prevention
By Bernie Monegain 12:56 pm July 27, 2016
The hospitals aim to reduce HIV infections by increasing the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis in a region with one of the highest HIV Rates in the nation.
Clinton Dean Trump DNC

Bill Clinton recounted his wife’s decades of public service, focusing specifically on healthcare work, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Source: Gage Skidmore/Flickr. 

By Tom Sullivan 09:18 am July 27, 2016
While the 42nd President did not mention Donald Trump directly, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean attacked the Republican nominee for having a one sentence plan to replace Obamacare and his running mate Mike Pence’s record pertaining to healthcare. 
ONC cyberthreat intelligence sharing
By Jack McCarthy 10:45 am July 26, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT opened two grants for building an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization designed to serve public health entities. 
Sanders DNC universal healthcare

Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said his campaign and Hillary Clinton had a significant coming together to create the Democratic Party’s platform, which includes a number of healthcare tenets. Source: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

By Tom Sullivan 10:27 am July 26, 2016
Democrats including Elizabeth Warren and First Lady Michelle Obama stumped for Hillary Clinton Monday night. Here’s what they said about healthcare at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 
Mergers value-based Kaufman Hall
By Jeff Lagasse 02:19 pm July 25, 2016
The first half of 2016 has seen more healthcare organization M&A activity than the same timeframe in 2015 as providers are figuring out how to navigate rapid industry change and emerging payment models, Kaufman Hall said. 
athenahealth MIPS guarantee
By Jessica Davis 12:42 pm July 25, 2016
Under the guarantee, the company will incur all penalties for customers on its athenaOne platform who are unable to meet MIPS standards, subject to limitations.
CVS Health VA HIPAA breaches

Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr.

By Jack McCarthy 11:35 am July 25, 2016
ProPublica published some 300 letters that Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights sent to healthcare providers reminding them of legal obligations, advising how to fix problems and suggesting they make voluntary changes. 
Mississippi HIPAA breach
By Bernie Monegain 10:59 am July 25, 2016
The Office for Civil Rights said that UMMC was aware of security risks as far back as April 2005 but did not take appropriate action.

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