HDM Top Stories

Rare Disease Network Adds Patient Contact Registry

The Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR) has launched a patient contact registry for individuals with eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGID), a group of rare diseases.

How King v. Burwell Could Impact 5 Key Healthcare System Stakeholders

The Supreme Court today will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, the highly anticipated case challenging the legality of subsidies available for individuals purchasing health insurance on the federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

HHS Needs to Improve Dissemination of Clinical Effectiveness Research

While the Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has taken some steps to disseminate comparative clinical effectiveness research, as required under the Affordable Care Act, it has not taken other actions to help fully address dissemination requirements.

Health Services Demand to Rise Just Slightly Under ACA

The expected increase in demand for healthcare services will rise only slightly once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented – but in areas with already high demand, providers will need to innovate with technology and business reorganization.

FDA Sends Mixed Messages on Medical Device Data Systems

The Food and Drug Administration is sending mixed messages regarding the recent release of final guidance stating that it does not intend to enforce compliance with regulatory controls for medical device data systems (MDDS) and whether product manufacturers should in fact comply.

Protective Services Start for Anthem Data Breach Victims

Health insurer Anthem Inc. has begun offering two free years of identity repair and credit monitoring services, including a $1 million identity theft insurance policy, for up to an estimated 80 million individuals affected by its huge data breach from a hacking attack.

WEDI Provides ICD-10 Testing Guidance to Small Practices

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has released a new whitepaper providing small physician practices with guidance for ICD-10 testing.

Just Do It: Making Information Governance Work

Organizations of all types and sizes recognize they must improve their information governance capabilities—and they must do so soon. They are already dealing with too much information, but data collection rates continue to accelerate, further increasing the cost and complexity burden on IT while raising legal, compliance and security concerns throughout the organization.

Seniors Ready for Online Health, Provider Capabilities Lag Behind

A new survey from consulting firm Accenture finds there is growing demand among tech-savvy seniors (67 percent) who want to access healthcare services from home, but the majority (66 percent) are worried today’s technology isn’t sufficient to do so.

The Big Wish for ICD-10

Many stakeholders have worked hard, and with the ICD-10 finish line in sight, they’re looking for tools or policies to make remaining preparations easier and maintain cash flow.

NIH Launches Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is seeking industry input on how to design and produce a wearable device to monitor blood alcohol levels in real time.

Chronic Disease Management Adherence Mixed Using mHealth Tools

While mobile health tools have the potential to better facilitate patient adherence to chronic disease management, the current evidence supporting mHealth’s effectiveness is mixed.

Computer Simulation Models Measles Outbreaks

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has created a computer simulation that explores the impact of measles outbreaks in cities across the U.S. Users can see how an outbreak would play out if their city had high or low vaccination rates.

NY E-Prescribing Delay Awaits Governor's Signature

Heeding warnings from healthcare providers, pharmacists and patient advocates, both houses of the New York State legislature have passed bills delaying the onset of mandated e-prescribing for one year.

How to Identify Who Sent Your Healthcare EFT Payment

Healthcare providers interested in cost savings and other benefits are converting to electronic payments at a steady clip. But what if a provider has received an Electronic Funds Transfer payment with no corresponding Electronic Remittance Advice and doesn’t recognize the sending organization?

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