One of the bill's main features is turning back the clock - for some facilities - on a policy of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

By Susan Morse 04:31 pm May 25, 2016
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has passed the "Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act," a bill that, among other things, aims to provide financial relief to hospitals that were in the process of building off-campus outpatient centers in 2015 when reimbursement policy changed.

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By Jessica Davis 03:19 pm May 25, 2016
Part of the Helping Hospitals Improve patient Care Act, the amendment also exempts ambulatory surgical centers from MIPS through 2017 and 2018.

Mount Sinai, in New York City, is embarking on a four year project to enhance facilities for new models of care and population health.

By Bernie Monegain 01:17 pm May 25, 2016
The network will modernize facilities to embrace a new model of care that is more efficient and strengthen its focus on population health and integrating research about genomics and digital medicine for personalized treatments.

Apixio CEO Darren Schulte, MD, said the company intends to use the venture capital to create new applications for care and quality measurement and applied data science.

By Tom Sullivan 12:40 pm May 25, 2016
The data science company said it will use the investment money to develop applications for care and quality measurement. 
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration cancer research

Flatiron CMO Amy Abernethy, MD, said doctors are limited to making clinical decisions based on data from small studies. A joint effort with the FDA hopes to change that for certain cancers. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:28 am May 25, 2016
The new initiative will focus on gleaning insights into the care and treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst HHS privacy and security CISO

Intermountain CIO Marc Probst said that strategy is the key to defending against cybercriminals and urged Congress to make sure HHS has a coordinated effort in place. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:02 am May 25, 2016
The chief information officer and CHIME board chair testified that it is vital for Health and Human Services to institute a coordinated plan for protecting data and systems against cyberattacks.  
Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders Donald Trump Medicare for More campaign
By Susan Morse 10:42 am May 25, 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign proposal would make uninsured Americans eligible for Medicare at age 50 or 55. Whether that will be financially advantageous is a matter of some debate. 
Veterans Affairs VA CVS Minute Clinics

In a new test program, Veterans can visit one of 14 CVS Minute Clinics in the San Francisco Bay area and receive free care for certain conditions and medications and the VA will reimburse CVS for the treatment. 

By Kaiser Health News 09:44 am May 25, 2016
Struggling with long wait times, the Veterans Affairs Health Care System is trying something new: a partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain to offer urgent care services to more than 65,000 veterans. The experiment begins today at the VA’s operations in Palo Alto, California.
CISO privacy security compliance HIPAA data breaches ransomware malware
By Bill Siwicki 02:13 pm May 24, 2016
With big issues on CISO plates, including malware, application security, cloud security and others, a new study from cybersecurity staffing firm SilverBull found that salaries are on the rise, with the highest up from $380,000 in January 2016.

In his book, Abraham Nussbaum, MD, laments a time gone by in the practice of medicine.

By 01:13 pm May 24, 2016
By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

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