CMS to host call on averting pay cuts related to quality programs | Security concerns deter health execs from embracing cloud tech | Research facility to use Big Data to boost care of patients with cancer
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September 9, 2014
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CMS to host call on averting pay cuts related to quality programs
The CMS will conduct a call to inform eligible professionals and group practices of ways to avoid negative payment adjustments under the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System, meet EHR Incentive Program quality measures and prevent pay cuts under the 2016 Value-Based Modifier program. The call will be held Sept. 17. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (9/5)
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Security concerns deter health execs from embracing cloud tech
An Institute for Health Technology Transformation report found that health technology executives remain reluctant to adopt cloud technology in part because of concerns tied to data breaches and subsequent fines and reputation loss. The report noted that from 2009 to 2013, the health sector experienced about 804 breaches affecting more than 500 patient records, and nearly 20% of health groups have encountered a security breach. Healthcare IT News (9/8)
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Research facility to use Big Data to boost care of patients with cancer
A research center that will examine treatment options and outcomes in patients with lung and head and neck cancer has been formed by Toshiba Group at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. The Toshiba Center for Big Data in Healthcare will work with the radiation oncology unit of Johns Hopkins to use image analysis and data mining technology. Healthcare Informatics online (9/8)
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Thumb-drive theft compromises data of pediatric patients in N.C.
A data breach affecting some patients who were treated at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center and Lenox Baker Children's Hospital from December to June was reported by Duke University Health System after an unencrypted thumb drive was stolen from one of its administrative offices on July 1. Compromised data include patient names, physician names and health record numbers. No Social Security numbers or clinical information was compromised, according to the health system's notice. (9/8)
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MedDiary unveils tool to allow providers to easily monitor patients remotely
A mobile health software-as-a-service solution has been unveiled by MedDiary to allow providers to monitor patients' conditions remotely and customize mHealth applications for them. The solution features seven health management modules, including medications and food and nutrition, that could be used in customizing tools for patients. The MedDiary platform could be especially effective in situations where patients need to tightly monitor their health conditions for a short time while being closely supervised by their doctor, the company said. Health Data Management (9/8)
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Mo. providers collaborate to unveil telehealth initiative
A telehealth initiative will be unveiled through the collaboration of Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based Saint Francis Medical Center and St. Louis-based Mercy Children's Hospital. The telemedicine partnership will allow SFMC patients to consult remotely with gastroenterology and neurology experts at Mercy Children's Hospital. (9/8)
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Many patients express openness to telehealth services
A study in Telemedicine and e-Health revealed 38% of responding patients said they were "very likely" to agree to participate in a video conference with their physician, while 28.1% said they were "somewhat likely" to do so. Researchers found age, distance to the clinic and comfort with the technology played a role in whether patients were open to telehealth use. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (9/8)
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ACOs may be contributing to slower health care spending growth
Growth in Medicare spending has slowed substantially, driven primarily by lower spending on hospital care and prescription drugs, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Initiatives such as accountable care organizations and bundled care models that encourage better quality at lower costs are also generating savings for the Medicare program. Health plans are stepping up their focus on accountable care, and Medicare Advantage plans have made gains on chronic disease care and lower readmissions, according to an America's Health Insurance Plans spokeswoman. The Motley Fool (9/7)
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