HDM Top Stories

Michigan Policy Researchers Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Effects

After the political debate around Affordable Care Act-enabled Medicaid expansion in Michigan settled down and people began enrolling, some of the state’s health policy experts discovered a rather stunning phenomenon—the number of people who enrolled in the expanded program's first 100 days was what planners had expected for the entire first year.

2014 eCQMs for EHs, EPs Get Update from CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted its annual update of 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. There are 29 updated measures for EHs and 64 updated measures for EPs.

House Bill Would Prohibit HHS from Replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10

Just when stakeholders thought the October 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline was a lock, a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that seeks to put the kibosh on the federal government’s plans to require the medical community to comply with the new code set.

HDM May Feature: The Portal Outlook is Cloudy

Patient portals, as the acknowledged leading patient engagement tool, so far have been disappointing in satisfying the needs of both patients and providers.

What to Do if Selected for an OCR HIPAA Audit

For some healthcare organizations, submitting to an OCR audit will be challenging at best.

Updated Hospital Safety Scores Available to Consumers

The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large employers working to improve care quality, has updated and expanded its Hospital Safety Score website that enables consumers to check the safety grades of their local hospitals. About 31 percent of graded hospitals got an A.

Interoperable Medical Device Safety Standards Making Headway

Underwriters Laboratories is working with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation to create a suite of consensus-based standards for interoperable medical device interface safety.

Medicare Part D Data Release Catches Flak from AMA

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013, revealing which prescription drugs were prescribed to Medicare Part D beneficiaries by which practitioners.

Unprecedented Number of Telemedicine Bills Awaiting Congressional Action

With several proposed pieces of legislation introduced in both the House and Senate, momentum appears to be growing in Congress to expand federal support for telemedicine, according to the American Telemedicine Association.

May Cover Story: Tech Shifts Support Value-Based Payments

Typically, physician face time during a patient's office visit is measured in minutes. However, accountable care is changing that scenario at Orlando (Fla.) Health, a large integrated delivery system with eight hospitals.

eCQMs Show Million Hearts Initiative Achieving Blood Pressure Control

The ability of patients and providers to share blood pressure data through electronic health records is helping to track progress for Million Hearts, an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by controlling the blood pressure of 10 million Americans.

Senate Committee Forms Working Group to Improve EHRs

Responding to physician dissatisfaction with electronic health records, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has created a bipartisan working group to identify ways that Congress and the Obama administration can collaborate to improve EHRs.

Partners HealthCare Employees Duped into Revealing Patient Data

Partners HealthCare system in Boston is not giving much information on a breach it discovered in November 2014 and made public on April 30.

Duke University Raises $9.75 Million for Big Data Research

Duke University has received $9.75 million in gifts and matching funds to drive big data research across medicine, energy, social science and other areas, the university announced this week.

Surescripts, PDR Team Seeks to Close e-Prescribing Gap

Surescripts has partnered with PDR Network, publisher of the Physicians’ Desk Reference and distributor of drug safety alerts, to offer easier authorization processes for virtually all prescribers.

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