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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 UMMW was aware of security risks as far back as April 2005 but did not take appropriate action.
Medicare quality ratings
By Kaiser Health News 10:12 am July 25, 2016
While some hospitals fear the ratings will be misleading and oversimplified, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that its analysis proves that all types of hospitals can perform well and have opportunities to improve. 
Cyberattacks hiring information security pros
By Jack McCarthy 09:40 am July 25, 2016
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that data breaches and hacking attacks will expand the information security professional workforce by nearly 20 percent. 
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.

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