HDM Top Stories

CMS Adds Star Ratings to Dialysis Facility Compare Website

To help consumers quickly identify differences in healthcare quality and performance data, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added star ratings to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website.

New Software Coordinates Autism Treatment

The InterQual unit of McKesson Health Solutions has introduced new decision support software to help providers and payers better coordinate behavioral health treatment of autism.

EHNAC Finalizes 2015 Accreditation Criteria for Transaction Processors

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, has finalized 2015 criteria for all 15 of its programs.

Twitter Valuable in Predicting Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania say they have shown that Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community's psychological wellbeing as well as predict rates of heart disease.

ACO Referral Data Needs to Include More Than Cost, Outcome

Referral patterns under accountable care organizations need to consider factors beyond cost and hard outcomes so that the healthcare industry doesn’t repeat the managed care model of the 1990s that was plagued with issues, including ethically problematic “gag rule” contracts, some of which prevented physicians from referring specialists outside the organization.

ONC Appoints First Chief Health Information Officer

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced that Michael McCoy, M.D., will become ONC’s first chief health information officer, effective Jan. 26.

Independence Blue Cross Invests in Mobile Care Platform

Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross, through its Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation, has invested in mobile care platform developer CareCam Health Systems.

AMA-Led Coalition Tells ONC EHR Certification Must Change

A coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association sent a letter on Wednesday to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., arguing that the Meaningful Use electronic health record certification program is not working.

Group Confirms Healthcare.gov Shares Personal Health Info with Third Parties

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a technology policy advocacy group, says it has confirmed that the federal government's healthcare.gov insurance exchange site is sharing personal data, including ZIP code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status, and more, with at least 14 third parties.

A Journey through EHNAC Accreditation

Health Data Management talked with NextGen’s Ana Croxton, vice president of EDI products and services, about receiving new accreditation for meeting best practices in operating their practice management systems.

Spatial Analysis Software, EHR Pinpoint Low Vaccine Areas

Researchers used spatial analysis software and electronic health records to identify clusters of under-immunization and vaccine refusal among Kaiser Permanente members in northern California.

U.S., Scottish Clinicians Team for Diabetes Scorecard

The Western Diabetes Institute at Pomona, Calif.-based Western University of Health Sciences is collaborating with the National Health Service Scotland to enhance the visualization, personalization, and communication of diabetes patients’ health conditions.

FTC Cracks Down on Company Making False ADHD Claims

In a case that may have far-reaching consequences for mobile app developers, the Federal Trade Commission has told a Texas company it must stop making unsubstantiated claims that their computer game permanently improves children’s focus, memory, attention, behavior, and school performance, including for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Two Practice Management System Vendors Gain Accreditation

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems and GE Healthcare are the first vendors to receive accreditation of meeting best practices for operating their physician practice management information system product lines under a program of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

Mayo Clinic Selects Epic to Build Integrated EHR-RCM System

The Mayo Clinic has selected Epic to be its vendor in creating a single, integrated electronic health record and revenue cycle management system, replacing three EHRs that are currently being used.

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