CHIME lauds House vote to overturn ban on patient IDs | CEO: Rural hospitals innovate health IT solutions | Machine learning tool classifies chest X-rays
August 6, 2020
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CHIME and other members of advocacy group Patient ID Now praised House lawmakers for advancing legislation that would allow HHS funds to be spent on developing a national patient identification system. "Today marks another milestone in keeping patients safe with the passage of the Foster-Kelly Amendment in the House, bringing us closer to a national patient identification solution," CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell said.
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Urban hospitals can learn from rural counterparts when it comes to buying and deploying health IT to promote patient engagement and better outcomes, writes Azalea Health CEO Baha Zeidan. Innovative rural hospitals are using unified and interconnected cloud-HIT platforms that include electronic health records, revenue cycle management, health information exchange and telehealth, he writes.
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A machine learning tool developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzes and classifies chest X-rays for signs of lung collapse, an enlarged heart and other conditions and decides whether certain tasks can be handled by the tool or should be handled by an expert. The system was less expensive and more accurate than baselines, but it has not been tested using actual experts.
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Aggregating and sharing patient data for research while protecting patient privacy and confidentiality has long been difficult, says Philip Payne, Ph.D., chief data scientist at Washington University. A method of anonymizing patient data called MDClone creates a set of synthetic patients from a cohort, and Payne says aggregate results of statistical analysis or machine learning algorithms based on the synthetic data are the same as if the source data had been used, but individual records and patient identities cannot be traced.
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The CMS has issued a final rule raising Medicare payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities by 2.4%, or $260 million, for fiscal 2021. Under the final rule, physicians will not be required to conduct an evaluation within 24 hours of patient admission -- a temporary change that will be permanent as of Oct. 1 -- and non-physician practitioners will be allowed to conduct one of three required visits in the second and later weeks of a patient's stay, provided the visit adheres to scope of practice rules.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (8/5),  Healthcare Finance (8/5) 
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The CMS has unveiled its draft Medicare physician fee schedule and quality payment program rule for 2021, and it includes proposals to broaden the list of telehealth services Medicare can cover, simplify billing and coding requirements for office-based and outpatient evaluation and management visits, and boost payment cuts for certain specialty care providers. The agency also recommends changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program's quality reporting requirements and quality performance standards, raising the Merit-based Incentive Payment System's performance threshold and postponing implementation of the MIPS value pathways program until 2022.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital CFO Report (8/4),  FierceHealthcare (8/4),  Healthcare Finance (8/4) 
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CHIME members can now begin engaging in the myDigital Health Community through their current accounts. Others can access the platform by visiting
CHIME's Education Foundation in collaboration with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Women of CHIME Committee has dedicated $200,000 over two years toward scholarship opportunities for minorities and women to attend upcoming professional development programs. Learn more.
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