HDM Top Stories

Optum to Buy Physician Services firm MedSynergies

Optum, the information technology and business services unit of UnitedHealth Group, will acquire physician practice consultancy MedSynergies Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

Federal HIT Strategic Plan to Look Beyond Meaningful Use

The government is working on a “refresh” of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan to advance technology beyond electronic health records.

Is the Open Payments System Ready for Prime Time?

The troubled Open Payment System, a public database disclosing financial relationships between physicians and drug/device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations, remains scheduled to go live on September 30.

AHIMA Issues ICD-10 Call to Action

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.

AHIMA Publishes Information Governance Framework

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.

Legislation Aims for More ACO Flexibility

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.

Quinn Leaves FCC Health Unit after Short Stint

After a little more than a year on the job, Matthew Quinn, director of healthcare initiatives at the Federal Communications Commission, has left his position to move to the private sector.

ID Protection Offered Following Clinic Chain Breach

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 employee’s car in July.

Athenahealth Seeks Start-ups to Join Accelerator

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.

Practice Fusion to Link to Quest Labs

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.

Late Hospice Enrollees Profiled In New Analysis

One in six terminal cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their findings, published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, also reveal a profile of patients who may be most at risk of these late admissions.

Choosing Wisely Guidelines Aren't Getting Consistent Traction

The first statewide report in the nation to measure Choosing Wisely recommendations finds that patients in Washington may be exposed to care that they don’t need – and potential harm. The report offers county-by-county results in Washington State for nine different Choosing Wisely recommendations.

PCORI Picks Engagement App Winner

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today announced the selection of "PatientPowered.us," an open-source, mobile-friendly, online app, as the first place winner of the 2014 PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge.

Kaiser Funds Community-Based Blood Pressure Control Effort

Kaiser Permanente has awarded a $2.55 million grant to an American Heart Association outreach effort to reduce hypertension in the African-American community.

UPitt Opens New Media, Tech Health Research Center

The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences has launched the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, which will examine the effects of traditional and social media on behavior and health across a wide range of disciplines.

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