Legal and regulatory barriers to developing evidence and communicating findings on treatments in real-world settings are interfering with the sharing of knowledge among providers, patients, and researchers.
Two court rulings issued this week taking opposing views on the legality of subsidies granted to individuals who enroll in the public healthcare exchanges have the potential to further delay the employer mandate, say some legal experts.  more »
Undercover investigators working with the Government Accountability Office found it was easy to falsify information when applying for Premium Tax Credits to help pay for health insurance.  more »

As behind-the-scenes technology gets more sophisticated, HIT leaders focus attention on telling the data story to end users.

The long-delayed permanent HIPAA privacy/security audit program finally is on its way, as is the resumption of the Recovery Audit Contractor program, according to audit professionals at health information management vendor HealthPort.

Chief medical information officers don't practice medicine as much as they would like, but their work helps bring care quality to new levels.

Autism Speaks will use the Google Cloud Platform to better manage and analyze its library of genomic information on persons with autism and their families.

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology on June 25 launched a new service that provides direct counsel to health IT developers on how to best satisfy health IT regulations published by the Office of the National Coordinator.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new pilot program that leverages health IT and telemedicine to combat the growing problem of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the United States.

The Medical Society of Northern Virginia's HeaLixVA will share patient information across all points of medical care.

In a proposed rule issued in late April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicated that it expected to set a new ICD-10 compliance date of Oct. 1, 2015. Now in new guidance, CMS is reiterating that the date will hold firm in a final rule coming soon.

Among the multitude of tasks to prepare for the ICD-10 code sets, providers also should conduct two core tests with insurers: Acknowledgement testing, also known as historical validation testing, and End-to-End testing.

Physicians, frequently perceived as a roadblock to a high-quality/low-cost paradigm, often spearhead IT advances central to the effort.

Increased data sharing and greater interoperability of electronic health records are needed to modernize and improve America’s clinical trial process, according to witnesses who testified at a July 9 congressional hearing.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has certified the Health Care Cost Institute as the first national "Qualified Entity" to have full access to national Medicare claims data for reporting on the costs and quality of healthcare services.

With over 90 percent of US hospitals attesting for meaningful use of an EHR last year, most hospital information system vendors reported continued growth in annual revenue for 2013. So how did your vendor fare in the race for these HITECH dollars?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to reduce unnecessary blood tests and achieve a large decrease in patient charges.
Apple and IBM have joined forces to bring Big Blue’s core competencies in big data and analytics to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The exclusive agreement will result in a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions, including native apps developed from the ground up for banking, healthcare, insurance and other markets. IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions for these verticals will become available starting this fall and into 2015. Here's five reasons why Forrester Research says the partnership will succeed.   read more 
Emails obtained by the Republican majority of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reveal that the Obama administration knew this summer that the federal SHOP exchange would likely not be ready for launch on Oct. 1.  read more 
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