U.S. Senator Rob Portman introduced legislation to shorten the reporting period for meaningful use this year. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:53 am April 20, 2016
U.S. Senators and Representatives introduced a bill on Wednesday that would reduce the meaningful use reporting period from a full year to 90 days – and do so in 2016, a move pressed by healthcare organizations across the country.
Louis W. Sullivan, MD

In the era of value-based care, it is critical to "not only ensure that data moves seamlessly between clinical systems and payment systems but that the information is useful and actionable for clinicians and patients,” said WEDI founder Louis W. Sullivan, MD.

By Mike Miliard 11:28 am April 20, 2016
More widespread implementation of gaps in care programs is essential to realizing the value of population health management, according to a new report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

Maine's State Capitol Building in Augusta. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:22 am April 20, 2016
The Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program also sets a cap on number of days for opioid prescriptions and requires doctors to undergo addiction treatment every two years.

Mount Sinai Health System in New York.

By Bernie Monegain 10:21 am April 20, 2016
New York's Mount Sinai Health System is joining other high-profile health systems across the nation in embracing OpenNotes, an initiative that gives patients access to their care provider's notes in their medical records.

With the fee-for-service business model changing to prospective payment and value-based care, healthcare organizations are undergoing a cultural shift that dramatically alters their approaches to patient intake, eligibility verification and claims processing.

By John Andrews 09:30 am April 20, 2016
Revenue cycle management has gone from being a "back office" function to an "end-to-end" system that begins at patient intake or even before, claims specialists say. Advanced technologies, in tandem with improved workflows and better data have resulted in RCM systems that encompass the entire healthcare enterprise.
By Bill Siwicki 08:26 am April 20, 2016
More than 100 million records reportedly were compromised in 2015 in healthcare, which now is the top industry for cyberattacks, according to new IBM research.
By Jack McCarthy 08:15 am April 20, 2016
Claiming that it was "startled" by VA officials' recent testimony, the committee put strict conditions on full funding that a Senate committee already approved.

Carolinas HealthCare CISO Robert Pierce said that installing security appliances can help detect malicious communications from malware on a network.

By Bill Siwicki 07:14 am April 20, 2016
CISOs and security analysts from top-tier firms offer highly effective advice and tactics for rooting out and getting rid of malicious code.

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, will no longer co-chair the ONC HIT Policy Committee. 

By Tom Sullivan 03:02 pm April 19, 2016
National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping away from the co-chair role on the ONC Health IT Policy Committee.

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes

By Jeff Lagasse 02:29 pm April 19, 2016
Theranos, the embattled blood testing startup, is now under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the U.S.

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