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1. AMA supports bill to stop ICD-10 transition

Health IT SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

The American Medical Association has expressed its support for the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, proposed by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, that would stop HHS from implementing the ICD-10 codes. Dr. Steven Stack, the AMA's incoming president, said that ICD-10 problems are substantial enough that ICD-10 should not be rolled out. He suggested that the industry wait for ICD-11 and transition to the codes properly. Healthcare Finance News (05/15)

2. CMS to discuss ICD-10, ICD-10-PCS Section X in national call

Health IT SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

A national call will be hosted by the CMS on June 18 to discuss resources and strategies to help health care providers convert to ICD-10 codes. The ICD-10-PCS Section X for new technologies, which hospitals will use, will be covered in the call. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (05/19)

3. CareFirst discloses breach affecting up to 1.1M customers

Health IT SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

CareFirst says it has been hit by a data breach that could have exposed names, e-mail addresses and birth dates of up to 1.1 million customers. The company authorized a forensic review of its systems after it discovered a separate hacking attempt last year, and the review turned up evidence of a "sophisticated" breach that occurred in June 2014. CareFirst is the third major insurer this year to confirm a hack. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/20)

4. ONC releases feedback on nationwide interoperability proposal

Health IT SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published comments on its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, unveiled in January. Among those who commented, National Rural HIT Coalition Chief Information Officer Joe Wivoda supported the roadmap, saying it will benefit providers in rural areas facing provider and health IT staff shortages. Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation Executive Director Teresa Lee commended the agency for addressing the need for health IT interoperability, noting its importance to cost-effective health care. Healthcare IT News (05/18)

5. House panel OKs 21st Century Cures Act

Health IT SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a 51-0 vote Thursday. If approved, the proposal would penalize health IT vendors that do not meet interoperability standards to be developed by a charter standards development group. Also included in the bill is a provision that asks the medical boards of various states to develop common telemedicine licensure requirements and expand the telemedicine services available to Medicare patients. Healthcare Informatics online (05/21)

6. Optum exits oversight

Health IT SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

UnitedHealth Group unit Optum will not bid to oversee the federally run health insurance exchange next year but will continue to run the exchange's data services hub and identity management systems. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/14) Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (05/15)

7. Deadline for EHR hardship exemption is July 1

Health IT SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

The deadline for submitting hardship exemption applications for the 2014 Medicare EHR Incentive Program is set for July 1. Reimbursement cuts will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016, for eligible providers who didn't attest to meaningful use in 2014. (05/15)

8. McKesson updates clinical decision support tool

Health IT SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

McKesson has updated its clinical decision support platform with evidence-based resources for providers and insurers to drive quality care. InterQual 2015 adds 55 clinical content areas, including 29 additional specialty drugs and 33 additional molecular diagnostic tools. (05/18)

9. Time-limited task forces to replace standing ONC working groups

Health IT SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

ONC Acting Deputy National Coordinator Dr. Jon White said Wednesday that the Health IT Standards Committee's standing work groups would be replaced by time-limited task forces. Some committee members expressed frustration. Arien Malec of RelayHealth said the ONC should have sought the committee's input before announcing a reorganization. Jodi Daniel of the ONC asked for patience and support from committee members. Healthcare Informatics online (05/20)

10. MIT seals 5-year partnership with Philips

Health IT SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

A five-year research collaboration is bringing together Philips Healthcare and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create innovative health care technologies. MIT will work with the firm on data analytics, health care informatics and patient-centered, detailed imaging to advance population health management. (free registration) (05/20)

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