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AHIMA17: Healthcare organizations recognize need for information governance

Implementation of information governance practices—or at least a need to implement them in the future—is growing, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

AHIMA17: 82% of consumers accessed their records through patient portals

Less than 5 percent of consumers had accessed their electronic health record through a patient portal in 2013. By 2016, that number had skyrocketed to 82 percent, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

Allscripts closes on acquisition of McKesson’s health IT business

The acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business focused on hospital and health system IT by Allscripts has been completed as of Oct. 2, a move which appears to have tremendous support among providers using McKesson’s Paragon electronic health record (EHR) system.

AHIMA17: Ex-OCR advisor David Holtzman talks small provider security, federal budget cuts

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means changes for the regulatory landscape and enforcement for health information management, which will be the focus of David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, during his presentation at this week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference.

Senate Dems ask OIG to justify Sunday shutdowns of Healthcare.gov

The federal Healthcare.gov site that most states rely on for their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges will be shut down for 12 hours for five of the six Sundays during the upcoming open enrollment period, as well as overnight on Nov. 1, the first day of open enrollment.

Healthcare blockchain will require significant infrastructure

Blockchain technology is just beginning to creep into healthcare, with recent examples like Change Healthcare’s new solution and a state-level partnership between Illinois and Hashed Health. What’s going to hold up its adoption is if hospitals and health systems aren’t willing to help create the intensive infrastructure required to make the system work.

Cerner sued for $16M over billing system rollout

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against Cerner, claiming its revenue cycle management system had “pervasive errors” which has damaged the health system’s reputation and led to losses of at least $16 million and continuing costs of $200,000 per month.

ONC changing certification standards

Two major changes have been announced for the Office of National Coordinator’s (ONC) Health IT Certification Program with the aim of reducing burden for IT vendors and providers using their products.

Nationwide HIE could reduce Medicare spending by 3.1B annually

Medicare spending could be reduced by $3.1 billion annually through enhanced care coordination and effective population health management from a nationwide, integrated health information exchange (HIE).

What the new Medicare card will look like

CMS has released the design of the new Medicare cards which beneficiaries will begin to receive next year, containing a randomly assigned number to replace the current one based off a patient’s Social Security number.

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