Testifying before a U.S. House committee on Feb. 26, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell advocated for President Obama's new Precision Medicine Initiative and a big funding boost for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, has called into question the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s authority over health information exchange governance.  more »
In a congressional committee hearing on Thursday, Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Healthcare.gov, was repeatedly grilled by members of Congress for details on enrollments, tax data and coverage for immigrants, but failed to provide answers to many questions asked.  more »

A roundup of HDM's stories on the Anthem security breach.

The draft 2015-2020 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, which lays out the federal government’s HIT priorities over the next five years, is too heavily focused on providers while giving short shrift to consumers.

If the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health has its way, there will be no further delays to implementation of ICD-10. In a hearing held Wednesday, the majority of subcommittee members expressed their desire to keep the current October 1, 2015 deadline for the code switchover.

The Health Information Technology Standards Committee, an influential advisory body to the Department of Health and Human Services in setting health IT policies including the meaningful use program, is seeking nominations for 10 new industry stakeholder members.

CORHIO, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, has announced the number of participating health care users and data available in the network grew by 111 percent and 118 percent respectively in 2014.

It will take at least two years for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to have a substantial impact on Medicare inpatient Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG) hospital payments.

Search engine giant Google has announced that it will be improving user searches for health information.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners will investigate the security posture of health insurer Anthem following its huge hacking breach announced last week that left the personal information of 80 million people vulnerable to identity theft.

The EHR meaningful use achievement rate for nearly 5,000 eligible hospitals is 90 percent through December 2014, according to the latest numbers from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

In the past 12 months, 131,800 new information technology jobs were created, according to an analysis by Janco, an international IT consulting firm. Based on a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Janco found a net increase of 62,600 IT jobs in the past three months, which represents the best growth since 2000.

A quarter-century after the first wave of resource-conserving managed care practices, which resulted in not much other than patient alienation and provider consternation, the technological underpinnings for population health management finally seem to be coming into place.

Although more than 70 percent of U.S. doctors use electronic health records, up to half don't routinely receive the data necessary to coordinate patient care effectively.

Efforts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to prepare providers, clearinghouses, and health plans for the October 1 ICD-10 deadline are on track, and CMS is ready to process claims using the new codes.

He may be new on the job, but Hawaii Health Connector CEO Jeffrey M. Kissel isn’t holding back. Speaking exclusively with Employee Benefit Adviser, Kissel, who was appointed CEO in October 2014, says many public health care exchanges largely failed in their initial rollout.
The February cover story of Health Data Management, Population Health: Promise Becoming Reality, examines the technical underpinnings for managing populations that finally seem to be coming into place, and how providers leverage the IT to identify which cohorts of patients are most in need of ongoing care management.  read more 
In a Congressional committee hearing Thursday, Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Healthcare.gov, was repeatedly grilled by members of Congress for details on enrollments, tax data and coverage for immigrants, but failed to provide answers to many questions asked.  read more 
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