CMS issues final rule to implement MACRA | CISO sees ways to lower government cybersecurity spending | Report: More data breaches happened in Q3 2016 than previous quarters
October 18, 2016
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CMS issues final rule to implement MACRA
The CMS on Friday released a final rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and an American Medical Association analysis found it would exclude 30% of physicians from the law's merit-based incentive payment system. CHIME expressed concern about the rule's "stringent language requiring hospitals and clinicians to attest that they are not engaging in information blocking."
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (10/14), (10/17) 
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Strategy & Leadership
CISO sees ways to lower government cybersecurity spending
CISO sees ways to lower government cybersecurity spending
Touhill (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Gregory Touhill, chief information security officer for the White House, seeks to attack cybersecurity costs by focusing on best practices. "Protecting information could be as simple as not discussing certain information over the phone, guarding the paperwork that you provide, shredding information that appropriately needs to be disposed of," he says.
Bloomberg Government (free content) (10/13) 
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Technology Spotlight
Report: More data breaches happened in Q3 2016 than previous quarters
A Protenus Breach Barometer report says 118 cybersecurity incidents were reported to HHS or revealed in sources such as the media in the third quarter of this year, compared with 63 and 89 in the first and second quarters, respectively. Researchers found that the second half of 2016 had an average of 39.3 data breach incidents per month, up 55% from the first half of the year, with the largest incident in September affecting 58,000 patient records.
Healthcare IT News (10/14) 
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EHR provider to debut medication support, IT solution tools
IPatientCare will launch medication adherence support and IT solutions tools at National User Conference 2016 this month. Area 51 Data Solutions will provide preventive and proactive IT solutions and support, while Physicians' Desk Reference will supply clinical support to prescribers and medication adherence support, including a drug information and comparison app, for consumers. (10/14) 
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Management & Operation
Experts offer tips for health care practices adopting new EHR systems
When adopting a new EHR system, health care practices should let their staff, patients and partners know about the change and identify various metrics that can be used to measure success after implementation, advises Scott Jacobs of The HCI Group. AHIMA's Angela Rose recommends planning additional training and identifying superusers within the organization to serve as a resource for staff members.
Medical Economics (10/17) 
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AHRQ-funded study to assess health information exchange in primary care
An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researcher received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to conduct a study on two approaches to electronic information exchange in the primary care setting. The health policy expert will monitor physician behavior in an EHR system to evaluate automatic delivery of patient records compared with physician queries of communitywide patient information. (10/14) 
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Regulatory & Legislative
ONC updates rules on certifying EHRs
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Friday released an update to rules for certifying EHRs. CHIME expressed support for the new measures aimed at improving health IT transparency. CHIME's Vice President of Federal Affairs Mari Savickis expressed appreciation for the ONC's actions, saying, "Hospitals and clinicians must have confidence that the products they purchase work as intended and do not pose a significant risk to patient safety or public health."
EHR Intelligence (10/17), (10/14) 
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Market Focus
Telehealth, mHealth can help promote move to value-based care
Experts say telemedicine has helped Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center connect to rural communities, and mHealth platforms have allowed UMass Memorial Health Care to improve coordination between health care professionals and patients as they transition to value-based care. "You have to be transparent in how you view quality in this environment, and give the primary care providers a voice in how they want to move forward," said UMass Memorial Senior Medical Director Thomas Scornavacca Jr.
mHealth Intelligence (10/14) 
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The clock is ticking. Register for AEHIX16
Join us in sunny Phoenix for the second annual AEHIX Fall Forum, Nov. 3-5. This event provides a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with industry colleagues from the ever-growing applications, technology and security sectors of health care. Panel discussions will delve deep into the role of telemedicine in alternative payment models, the ins and outs of cloud computing, protecting networks from cyberattacks and more. Register now!
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2016 AMDIS Fall Symposium: An in-depth exploration of population health
The AMDIS Fall Symposium brings together leaders in the field of clinical computing and health care information technology to discuss industry trends in support of the critical role physicians play in the digital transformation of health care. The 2016 program will focus on providing a conceptual framework to understand the key elements of population health (PH), and establish best practices for developing and implementing PH programs in an organization, specifically as it relates to CMIOs and physician IT leaders. Join us Nov. 3-5 in Phoenix as we explore population health, discuss the changing health care landscape and exchange best practices. Register now.
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