As the Oct. 1 compliance deadline nears, a question on the minds of many industry observers is whether Medicare billing systems will in fact be able to successfully process ICD-10 claims starting next month. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt says Medicare systems have been completely converted from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and are fully ready to process claims using the new codes come Oct. 1. But, some critics are still skeptical.
Two electronic health record products previously certified under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have been decertified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  more »
The HHS Office for Civil Rights has levied a $750,000 fine on Cancer Care Group, P.C., an Indianapolis-based oncology radiation practice serving hospitals and clinics, for substantial violations of the HIPAA security and privacy rules.  more »

A year-long investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee into information security protocols at the Department of Health and Human Services finds “serious structural flaws” that leave HHS vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, a melanoma-detection app vendor has been barred from making further deceptive health claims about his products available for sale online in the Apple and Google app stores.

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Although the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have committed to achieving interoperability between their separate electronic health record systems, they have missed important deadlines and haven’t established metrics for measuring progress toward interoperable EHRs.

The following are the six signs that an organization will likely fail at big data, and a bit of guidance on how not to join them.

As the foundation of the healthcare economy is shifting away from episodic care and organizational and informational silos, so too is the way industry analysts provide overviews for the ever-widening ecosystem of involved stakeholders.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has renamed its proposed Health IT Safety Center, a public-private collaboration meant to help reduce potential HIT-related adverse events and medical errors.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft document aimed at healthcare information security, the first in a new series of guides intended to help enterprises and developers improve cybersecurity.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is launching a series of new ICD-10 guidance documents for physician practices of multiple specialties, serving as virtual cheat sheets for selecting the appropriate coding.

Premier Inc. is significantly expanding its data analytics capabilities by acquiring Healthcare Insights LLC for $65 million.

There’s little doubt that healthcare organizations need to improve their data analytics strategies, which are critical to performing well in the new reimbursement environments that lie ahead. Yet, it often falls to CIOs and other execs to help CEOs and CFOs understand the value of analytics and to make the case as to why the technology needs to be a strategic priority for their organizations.

Jeffrey Sachs, founder of Sachs Policy Group, a New York City-based boutique consultancy, has a career history far-flung from the buttoned-down and cautious health policy wonk might expect him to be – and he makes no bones in discounting the healthcare industry's preoccupation on policy minutiae in turbulent times.

The fight to stay ahead of the latest hacker schemes has created a volatile arena for players in the security field. We have watched antivirus software flounder with the rise of "crypting" services. We have witnessed malware sandboxing and its struggles with evasion techniques. And the race is far from over.

IBM wants its Watson supercomputer to “see” diagnostic medical images and plans to buy medical imaging software vendor Merge Healthcare for $1 billion to help develop the capability.

Insurance firm Willis Group, which sells cyber risk insurance, is partnering with industry stakeholder coalition HITRUST to offer healthcare-specific cyber risk assessment services.
As a forum for information sharing, Twitter is growing in importance. At the same time, it's like trying to take a sip of water out of the proverbial fire hose; where to even start? Professionals in the health IT space should be engaged with Twitter, and perhaps the best way to start is to "follow" some of the most popular thought leaders on the site. The next slides give a short glimpse of some of the leading HIT executives making an impact on Twitter today.  read more 
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