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The Open Payments Web site is live with the first round of data available to help consumers understand financial relationships between physicians and businesses, particularly drug and device manufacturers. How helpful the information will be is a legitimate concern.
Optum, the information technology and business services unit of UnitedHealth Group, will acquire physician practice consultancy MedSynergies Inc. for an undisclosed sum.
Supporting the theme of information governance at its annual conference this week in San Diego, the American Health Information Management Association has released a framework for helping healthcare organizations to govern information based on eight principles.
The American Health Information Management Association on Monday kicked off its 2014 conference in San Diego with a call to stave off further delays in ICD-10.
The government is working on a refresh of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan to advance technology beyond electronic health records.
The first statewide report in the nation to measure Choosing Wisely recommendations finds that patients in Washington may be exposed to care that they dont need and potential harm. The report offers county-by-county results in Washington State for nine different Choosing Wisely recommendations.
Ambulatory software vendor Practice Fusion will integrate with laboratory firm Quest Diagnostics to enable physicians to order and receive test results via the electronic health records system.
American Family Care, which operates 55 clinics in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, is offering one year of identity protection services to nearly 2,500 patients after two laptops were stolen from an employees car in July.
Proposed legislation introduced in the U.S. House calls for Medicare to pilot a reimbursement mechanism for accountable care organizations based on outcomes and encourages ACO use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services.
Physician software and revenue cycle management vendor athenahealth Inc. is accepting applications from start-up companies to participate in its More Disruption Please Accelerator program.
Though vendors and health plans continue to make progress despite the one-year delay in the ICD-10 compliance deadline, providers are making little progress in preparing for the code switchover, according to results of a new survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.
The electronic health records meaningful use attestation website is not working and two members of Congress want assurances from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that providers unable to attest are not financially penalized.
A survey of 62 accountable care organizations finds 100 percent of respondents have difficulty achieving data interoperability with disparate partners. And thats just the tip of the iceberg; the information technology barriers for ACOs remain formidable.
Hospital chain HCA, which relies heavily on ancillary physician software vendor PatientKeeper, will acquire the company for an undisclosed sum.
The widespread adoption of electronic health records is a double-edged sword for the healthcare industry with the potential for both improving and harming patient safety.