MedClimate Health News Daily http://medclimate.com/feed en-us Copyright MedClimate, Inc2018 Government shutdown begins Saturday as bitterly divided Senate rejects House-passed spending bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/government-shutdown-begins-saturday-as-bitterly-divided-senate-rejects-house-passed?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/government-shutdown-begins-saturday-as-bitterly-divided-senate-rejects-house-passed?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:11:11 CST Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: It A bitterly divided Senate couldn’t get the votes needed Friday to pass a short-term spending bill, forcing the federal government to shut down at the stroke of midnight, the anniversary of President Trump’s first year in office. Republicans and Democrats are at an impasse over protections for young immigrants, known as dreamers, who were brought to the country by their parents without proper documentation. Government shutdown begins Saturday as bitterly divided Senate rejects House-passed spending bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/government-shutdown-begins-saturday-as-bitterly-divided-senate-rejects-house-passed?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/government-shutdown-begins-saturday-as-bitterly-divided-senate-rejects-house-passed?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:11:11 CST Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: It A bitterly divided Senate couldn’t get the votes needed Friday to pass a short-term spending bill, forcing the federal government to shut down at the stroke of midnight, the anniversary of President Trump’s first year in office. Republicans and Democrats are at an impasse over protections for young immigrants, known as dreamers, who were brought to the country by their parents without proper documentation. Government shutdown begins Saturday as bitterly divided Senate rejects House-passed spending bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/government-shutdown-begins-saturday-as-bitterly-divided-senate-rejects-house-passed?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/government-shutdown-begins-saturday-as-bitterly-divided-senate-rejects-house-passed?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:11:11 CST Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: Payer A bitterly divided Senate couldn’t get the votes needed Friday to pass a short-term spending bill, forcing the federal government to shut down at the stroke of midnight, the anniversary of President Trump’s first year in office. Republicans and Democrats are at an impasse over protections for young immigrants, known as dreamers, who were brought to the country by their parents without proper documentation. Interoperability drives VA to propose patient record-sharing without hardcopy consent http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/interoperability-drives-va-propose-patient-record-sharing-without-hardcopy-consent http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/interoperability-drives-va-propose-patient-record-sharing-without-hardcopy-consent Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:05:29 CST walmeida at Healthcare IT News - Government & Policy Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, proposed a revision to federal regulation on the confidentiality of medical records to fuel better data sharing with private sector providers. The rule proposes changing VA privacy regulations by letting agency providers release patient medical records to eligible community providers, even if a physical copy of the patient’s written consent is not present. The change would instead put the burden of attesting patient consent on health information exchange providers. [Also: Shulkin: VA-Cerner EHR deal paused over interoperability concerns] “This proposed rule would be a reinterpretation of an existing, longstanding regulation and is necessary to facilitate modern requirements for the sharing of patient records with community healthcare providers, health plans, governmental agencies and other entities participating in electronic HIEs,” according to the rule proposal. The hope is the change would improve veteran care at community healthcare and HIE providers by opening up access to patient data at the point of care, the rule summary explained. The proposal won’t infringe on a veteran’s privacy rights, as “such disclosure would still require a legally sufficient written consent.” The only proposed change is to expand the ability of outside providers to obtain consent to share records. Further, the written attestation wouldn’t require a physical document and signature. An electronic attestation would suffice.The agency feels the majority of attestations would be done electronically through approved messaging with HIE providers. The community provider would be able to either make the consent form available to the VA within 10 days of attestation or maintain the patient’s written consent form with a memorandum of understanding, drafted and signed by the VA and community partner. If approved, the change will continue Shulkin’s quest for open interoperability within the VA and outside private sector partners. Currently, the agency put its planned EHR contract with Cerner on hold over interoperability concerns. The proposal is currently in a comment period, which will close on March 20. Twitter: @JessieFDavis Email the writer: jessica.davis@himssmedia.com Primary Topic: Electronic Health RecordsAdditional Topics: TechnologyEHRPolicyInteroperabilityTechnologyPolicySpecific Terms: Electronic Health RecordsCustom Tags: Electronic Health RecordsInteroperabilityDisable Auto Tagging: Short Headline: VA makes another big move toward interoperability with patient consent changeNewsletter hed: Interoperability drives VA to propose patient record-sharing without hardcopy consentNewsletter teaser: The proposed revision from VA Secretary Shulkin would allow the VA to share data to improve veteran care experience at community and HIE providers.HOT @HIMSS: 

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, proposed a revision to federal regulation on the confidentiality of medical records to fuel better data sharing with private sector providers.

The rule proposes changing VA privacy regulations by letting agency providers release patient medical records to eligible community providers, even if a physical copy of the patient’s written consent is not present.

The change would instead put the burden of attesting patient consent on health information exchange providers.

[Also: Shulkin: VA-Cerner EHR deal paused over interoperability concerns]

“This proposed rule would be a reinterpretation of an existing, longstanding regulation and is necessary to facilitate modern requirements for the sharing of patient records with community healthcare providers, health plans, governmental agencies and other entities participating in electronic HIEs,” according to the rule proposal.

The hope is the change would improve veteran care at community healthcare and HIE providers by opening up access to patient data at the point of care, the rule summary explained.

The proposal won’t infringe on a veteran’s privacy rights, as “such disclosure would still require a legally sufficient written consent.” The only proposed change is to expand the ability of outside providers to obtain consent to share records.

Further, the written attestation wouldn’t require a physical document and signature. An electronic attestation would suffice.The agency feels the majority of attestations would be done electronically through approved messaging with HIE providers.

The community provider would be able to either make the consent form available to the VA within 10 days of attestation or maintain the patient’s written consent form with a memorandum of understanding, drafted and signed by the VA and community partner.

If approved, the change will continue Shulkin’s quest for open interoperability within the VA and outside private sector partners. Currently, the agency put its planned EHR contract with Cerner on hold over interoperability concerns.

The proposal is currently in a comment period, which will close on March 20.

Twitter: @JessieFDavis
Email the writer: jessica.davis@himssmedia.com

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In midst of opioid epidemic, Trump proposes 95% cut to drug policy office budget http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/trump-proposes-95-cut-office-national-drug-control-policy-budget?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/trump-proposes-95-cut-office-national-drug-control-policy-budget?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:16:54 CST Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare In October, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, but now he is planning to gut the budget of the office responsible for coordinating the federal response to that crisis. Trump wants to slash the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy by 95%. Study: States less likely to take action against failing insurers during election years http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/study-insurance-regulator-intervention-insolvency-election-years?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/study-insurance-regulator-intervention-insolvency-election-years?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:15:19 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare In the year leading up to an election, state regulators are much less likely to take action against failing insurance companies, according to a new study. The study’s findings may be noteworthy for health insurers that are close to insolvency, as it gives them a better idea of when regulators might opt to intervene. Study: States less likely to take action against failing insurers during election years http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/study-insurance-regulator-intervention-insolvency-election-years?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/study-insurance-regulator-intervention-insolvency-election-years?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:15:19 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Payer In the year leading up to an election, state regulators are much less likely to take action against failing insurance companies, according to a new study. The study’s findings may be noteworthy for health insurers that are close to insolvency, as it gives them a better idea of when regulators might opt to intervene. GAO raises concerns about cost of furniture, medical devices at embattled Aurora VA hospital  http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/finance/government-accountability-office-construction-costs-aurora-va-hospital-congress?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/finance/government-accountability-office-construction-costs-aurora-va-hospital-congress?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:57:44 CST Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Federal officials brought up new cost concerns about a Colorado VA medical center that is already more than $1 billion over budget and significantly behind schedule. Andrew Von Ah, director of the physical infrastructure team at the Government Accountability Office, expressed concern about the budget set aside for furniture and medical devices at the Aurora, Colorado, hospital in his testimony Wednesday before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.  House passes short-term spending bill that funds CHIP, but Senate divided as government shutdown looms http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/house-passes-short-term-spending-bill-funds-chip-but-senate-remains-divided-as?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/house-passes-short-term-spending-bill-funds-chip-but-senate-remains-divided-as?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:20:25 CST Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Although the House agreed to a short-term spending bill Thursday night, Senate Republicans may be short on the votes needed to pass the bill and keep the government running through mid-February. The House of Representatives voted 230 to 197 to pass the stopgap measure, which reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. House passes short-term spending bill that funds CHIP, but Senate divided as government shutdown looms http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/house-passes-short-term-spending-bill-funds-chip-but-senate-remains-divided-as?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/house-passes-short-term-spending-bill-funds-chip-but-senate-remains-divided-as?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:20:25 CST Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: Payer Although the House agreed to a short-term spending bill Thursday night, Senate Republicans may be short on the votes needed to pass the bill and keep the government running through mid-February. The House of Representatives voted 230 to 197 to pass the stopgap measure, which reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. 5 steps to protect residents, medical students from sexual harassment http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/5-steps-to-protect-residents-med-students-sexual-harassment-melinda-manning?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/5-steps-to-protect-residents-med-students-sexual-harassment-melinda-manning?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:12:51 CST Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare The healthcare industry isn’t immune to sexual harassment. Hospitals and medical schools must take steps to set boundaries between residents and medical students and the attending doctors who oversee their education, says one attorney in an article for AMA Journal of Ethics. ONC scheduled to release updates on certification, information blocking in April http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/onc-proposed-rule-interoperability-information-blocking-ehr-certification?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/onc-proposed-rule-interoperability-information-blocking-ehr-certification?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:47:01 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare ONC's Elise Sweeney Anthony said the agency plans to release a proposed rule in April updating health IT certification requirements and addressing information blocking. The rule will also address voluntary attestation by health information networks adopting the new Trusted Exchange Framework. ONC scheduled to release updates on certification, information blocking in April http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/onc-proposed-rule-interoperability-information-blocking-ehr-certification?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/onc-proposed-rule-interoperability-information-blocking-ehr-certification?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:47:01 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It ONC's Elise Sweeney Anthony said the agency plans to release a proposed rule in April updating health IT certification requirements and addressing information blocking. The rule will also address voluntary attestation by health information networks adopting the new Trusted Exchange Framework. ONC scheduled to release updates on certification, information blocking in April http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/onc-proposed-rule-interoperability-information-blocking-ehr-certification?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/onc-proposed-rule-interoperability-information-blocking-ehr-certification?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:47:01 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It ONC's Elise Sweeney Anthony said the agency plans to release a proposed rule in April updating health IT certification requirements and addressing information blocking. The rule will also address voluntary attestation by health information networks adopting the new Trusted Exchange Framework. Hospitals that receive top marks in quality rankings earn mediocre reviews online, analysis finds http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/patient-engagement/online-hospital-reviews-quality-customer-service-patient-satisfaction?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/patient-engagement/online-hospital-reviews-quality-customer-service-patient-satisfaction?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:45:04 CST Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Hospitals that receive top marks from U.S. News and World Report don't always earn the same praise from patients, according to a new analysis. A review of nearly 2,700 Yelp reviews for the top 20 hospitals in the country found that 62.7% of online reviewers give these facilities a score of between one and three stars out of five.  OIG: Issues with encounter data hinder Medicare Advantage oversight http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/oig-report-medicare-advantage-encounter-data-risk-scores?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/oig-report-medicare-advantage-encounter-data-risk-scores?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:41:32 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: It Though collecting encounter data can aid the federal government’s oversight of Medicare Advantage plans, more must be done to ensure the accuracy of those data, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. Encounter data are among the factors that CMS uses to calculate MA plans’ risk scores, which help determine their reimbursement from the government. OIG: Issues with encounter data hinder Medicare Advantage oversight http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/oig-report-medicare-advantage-encounter-data-risk-scores?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/oig-report-medicare-advantage-encounter-data-risk-scores?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:41:32 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: It Though collecting encounter data can aid the federal government’s oversight of Medicare Advantage plans, more must be done to ensure the accuracy of those data, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. Encounter data are among the factors that CMS uses to calculate MA plans’ risk scores, which help determine their reimbursement from the government. OIG: Issues with encounter data hinder Medicare Advantage oversight http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/oig-report-medicare-advantage-encounter-data-risk-scores?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/oig-report-medicare-advantage-encounter-data-risk-scores?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:41:32 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Payer Though collecting encounter data can aid the federal government’s oversight of Medicare Advantage plans, more must be done to ensure the accuracy of those data, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. Encounter data are among the factors that CMS uses to calculate MA plans’ risk scores, which help determine their reimbursement from the government. Humana employees will get pay bump due to lower corporate tax rate http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/humana-corporate-tax-reform-employees-bonsuses?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/humana-corporate-tax-reform-employees-bonsuses?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:22:19 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Payer Humana, which like other health insurers will benefit from the new tax law, will share some of that windfall with its employees. The company is both accelerating pay incentives and increasing its minimum hourly wage. Humana employees will get pay bump due to lower corporate tax rate http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/humana-corporate-tax-reform-employees-bonsuses?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/humana-corporate-tax-reform-employees-bonsuses?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:22:19 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Humana, which like other health insurers will benefit from the new tax law, will share some of that windfall with its employees. The company is both accelerating pay incentives and increasing its minimum hourly wage. Zika infection during pregnancy may disrupt fetal oxygen supply http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/zika-infection-during-pregnancy-may-disrupt-fetal-oxygen-supply http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/zika-infection-during-pregnancy-may-disrupt-fetal-oxygen-supply Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:45:00 CST NIH News Release NIH-funded study observes virus-induced placental damage in monkeys. ]]> NIH scientists find microbes on the skin of mice promote tissue healing, immunity http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-scientists-find-microbes-skin-mice-promote-tissue-healing-immunity http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-scientists-find-microbes-skin-mice-promote-tissue-healing-immunity Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:00 CST NIH News Release Insights may inform wound management techniques. ]]> Opponents say controversial new HHS ‘religious freedom’ division a ‘prescription for discrimination’ http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/opponents-hhs-religious-freedom-division-discrimination-women-lgbt-patients-donald-trump?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/opponents-hhs-religious-freedom-division-discrimination-women-lgbt-patients-donald-trump?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:25:05 CST Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Opponents reacted swiftly and strongly to an HHS plan to create a “conscience and religious freedom” division, saying the move will allow discrimination against women and LGBTQ patients. The Trump administration created the new division to protect doctors and other healthcare workers who have moral or religious objections to providing a medical service, such as abortion, or to treating transgender patients. Opponents say controversial new HHS ‘religious freedom’ division a ‘prescription for discrimination’ http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/opponents-hhs-religious-freedom-division-discrimination-women-lgbt-patients-donald-trump?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/opponents-hhs-religious-freedom-division-discrimination-women-lgbt-patients-donald-trump?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:25:05 CST Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Payer Opponents reacted swiftly and strongly to an HHS plan to create a “conscience and religious freedom” division, saying the move will allow discrimination against women and LGBTQ patients. The Trump administration created the new division to protect doctors and other healthcare workers who have moral or religious objections to providing a medical service, such as abortion, or to treating transgender patients. Allscripts hit with a ransomware attack affecting a 'limited number' of applications http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/allscripts-ransomware-cybersecurity-ehr-applications?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/allscripts-ransomware-cybersecurity-ehr-applications?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:24:30 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It Allscripts is investigating a ransomware attack impacting a limited number of applications, including e-prescribing. A company spokesperson told FierceHealthcare there is no evidence any data has been removed from its systems and the company is working to restore services. Allscripts hit with a ransomware attack affecting a 'limited number' of applications http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/allscripts-ransomware-cybersecurity-ehr-applications?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/allscripts-ransomware-cybersecurity-ehr-applications?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:24:30 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It Allscripts is investigating a ransomware attack impacting a limited number of applications, including e-prescribing. A company spokesperson told FierceHealthcare there is no evidence any data has been removed from its systems and the company is working to restore services. Allscripts hit with a ransomware attack affecting a 'limited number' of applications http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/allscripts-ransomware-cybersecurity-ehr-applications?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/allscripts-ransomware-cybersecurity-ehr-applications?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:24:30 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Allscripts is investigating a ransomware attack impacting a limited number of applications, including e-prescribing. A company spokesperson told FierceHealthcare there is no evidence any data has been removed from its systems and the company is working to restore services. Hold the salt: gut reaction may impair the brains of mice http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/hold-salt-gut-reaction-may-impair-brains-mice http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/hold-salt-gut-reaction-may-impair-brains-mice Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:45:00 CST NIH News Release NIH-funded study suggests impaired blood flow and dementia can result from a high-salt diet. ]]> CMS' Verma: Interagency group to examine Stark law http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:46:45 CST Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: It CMS is planning to form an interagency group to take a look at the regulatory barriers posed by federal antikickback laws as part of its efforts to re-examine existing regulations.  CMS' Verma: Interagency group to examine Stark law http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:46:45 CST Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare CMS is planning to form an interagency group to take a look at the regulatory barriers posed by federal antikickback laws as part of its efforts to re-examine existing regulations.  CMS' Verma: Interagency group to examine Stark law http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:46:45 CST Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: It CMS is planning to form an interagency group to take a look at the regulatory barriers posed by federal antikickback laws as part of its efforts to re-examine existing regulations.  CMS' Verma: Interagency group to examine Stark law http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/regulatory/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-seema-verma-stark-law-regulatory-review?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:46:45 CST Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Payer CMS is planning to form an interagency group to take a look at the regulatory barriers posed by federal antikickback laws as part of its efforts to re-examine existing regulations.  Trump administration gives health workers who oppose abortion new protections http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/trump-administrative-health-workers-oppose-abortion-new-protections-hhs-ocr?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/trump-administrative-health-workers-oppose-abortion-new-protections-hhs-ocr?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:11:03 CST Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare As expected, the Trump administration announced an action today that will protect doctors and other healthcare workers who have moral or religious objections to performing abortions, treating transgender patients or providing other services. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of a new “conscience and religious freedom division” in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Lamar Alexander's new goal: Add ACA fixes to long-term spending bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/lamar-alexander-aca-fixes-donald-trump-chip-funding-congress?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/lamar-alexander-aca-fixes-donald-trump-chip-funding-congress?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:36:54 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Payer As Congress rushes to prevent a government shutdown, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is looking ahead to a potential long-term spending bill—which he hopes will include bipartisan measures to stabilize the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Meanwhile, a tweet from President Donald Trump added to the partisan tug-of-war over funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Lamar Alexander's new goal: Add ACA fixes to long-term spending bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/lamar-alexander-aca-fixes-donald-trump-chip-funding-congress?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/lamar-alexander-aca-fixes-donald-trump-chip-funding-congress?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:36:54 CST Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare As Congress rushes to prevent a government shutdown, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is looking ahead to a potential long-term spending bill—which he hopes will include bipartisan measures to stabilize the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Meanwhile, a tweet from President Donald Trump added to the partisan tug-of-war over funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Shulkin: VA-Cerner EHR deal paused over interoperability concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/shulkin-va-cerner-ehr-deal-paused-over-interoperability-concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/shulkin-va-cerner-ehr-deal-paused-over-interoperability-concerns Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:35:23 CST jfinison at Healthcare IT News - Government & Policy The Cerner EHR contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is on hold pending an independent assessment of the agency’s interoperability requirements for the new EHR, said VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Wednesday. The “strategic pause” in negotiations between the EHR giant and the VA went into effect on Dec. 13 while MITRE performed an independent assessment of the national interoperability language laid out in the proposal request awarded to Cerner. [Also: VA, Cerner EHR deal held up after spat over interoperability definition, report says] The VA chose MITRE to assess contract language during a review held on Jan. 5. MITRE will submit a final report to Shulkin by the end of the month after the group of clinicians, chief clinical officers and executives pool recommendations and comments from that review. “My objective when it comes to healthcare for our veterans is to have a fully integrated, interoperable, operationally efficient healthcare system that’s easy for veterans, employees and community partners to navigate,” Shulkin told the committee. [Also: VA to require Cerner prioritize interoperability, secure data exchange in EHR project] Reports surfaced at the beginning of the month that a meeting between Shulkin and Cerner executives was tense, with Shulkin saying: “To say it wasn't a good meeting would be an understatement." The issue was Cerner’s interoperability definition was too limited and covered only documents called CCDAs, or Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture. Interoperability is at the core of Shulkin’s EHR modernization plan, so agreement on terminology is crucial to the project moving forward. The VA Secretary has repeatedly expressed his commitment to selecting Cerner to replace the agency’s legacy VistA EHR. Initially, contract negotiations were expected to take up to six months, with Shulkin giving Congress a 30-day notice of award of contract in late September. The agency is well beyond that timeline, and these continued delays are concerning some lawmakers who feel it puts cost savings and efficiency at risk. The project is slated at upwards of $10 billion and could take about a decade. 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The Cerner EHR contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is on hold pending an independent assessment of the agency’s interoperability requirements for the new EHR, said VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Wednesday.

The “strategic pause” in negotiations between the EHR giant and the VA went into effect on Dec. 13 while MITRE performed an independent assessment of the national interoperability language laid out in the proposal request awarded to Cerner.

[Also: VA, Cerner EHR deal held up after spat over interoperability definition, report says]

The VA chose MITRE to assess contract language during a review held on Jan. 5. MITRE will submit a final report to Shulkin by the end of the month after the group of clinicians, chief clinical officers and executives pool recommendations and comments from that review.

“My objective when it comes to healthcare for our veterans is to have a fully integrated, interoperable, operationally efficient healthcare system that’s easy for veterans, employees and community partners to navigate,” Shulkin told the committee.

[Also: VA to require Cerner prioritize interoperability, secure data exchange in EHR project]

Reports surfaced at the beginning of the month that a meeting between Shulkin and Cerner executives was tense, with Shulkin saying: “To say it wasn't a good meeting would be an understatement."

The issue was Cerner’s interoperability definition was too limited and covered only documents called CCDAs, or Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture.

Interoperability is at the core of Shulkin’s EHR modernization plan, so agreement on terminology is crucial to the project moving forward. The VA Secretary has repeatedly expressed his commitment to selecting Cerner to replace the agency’s legacy VistA EHR.

Initially, contract negotiations were expected to take up to six months, with Shulkin giving Congress a 30-day notice of award of contract in late September. The agency is well beyond that timeline, and these continued delays are concerning some lawmakers who feel it puts cost savings and efficiency at risk.

The project is slated at upwards of $10 billion and could take about a decade.

Twitter: @JessieFDavis
Email the writer: jessica.davis@himssmedia.com

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VA proposal tweaks confidentiality regulation to improve data sharing with community providers http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/department-veterans-affairs-medical-records-request-hie-interoperability-regulation?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/department-veterans-affairs-medical-records-request-hie-interoperability-regulation?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:32:07 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare A proposal issued by the VA on Thursday would shift the agency's interpretation of a medical records consent regulation to allow VA medical centers to share medical records with designated HIEs. Previously, the VA required a physical copy of a patient's written consent to release medical records, which has led to frequent denials from community providers. VA proposal tweaks confidentiality regulation to improve data sharing with community providers http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/department-veterans-affairs-medical-records-request-hie-interoperability-regulation?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/department-veterans-affairs-medical-records-request-hie-interoperability-regulation?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:32:07 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It A proposal issued by the VA on Thursday would shift the agency's interpretation of a medical records consent regulation to allow VA medical centers to share medical records with designated HIEs. Previously, the VA required a physical copy of a patient's written consent to release medical records, which has led to frequent denials from community providers. VA proposal tweaks confidentiality regulation to improve data sharing with community providers http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/department-veterans-affairs-medical-records-request-hie-interoperability-regulation?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/department-veterans-affairs-medical-records-request-hie-interoperability-regulation?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:32:07 CST Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It A proposal issued by the VA on Thursday would shift the agency's interpretation of a medical records consent regulation to allow VA medical centers to share medical records with designated HIEs. Previously, the VA required a physical copy of a patient's written consent to release medical records, which has led to frequent denials from community providers. AAFP aims to reduce administrative burden, the ‘most pressing priority’ for family physicians http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/cutting-administrative-burden-most-pressing-priority-aafp?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/cutting-administrative-burden-most-pressing-priority-aafp?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:28:27 CST Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: It Calling it the "most pressing priority" for its physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians has adopted a host of principles aimed at reducing the administrative burden weighing down doctors. The AAFP’s board of directors adopted the academy’s own principles for administrative simplification, which outline steps to address issues faced by family physicians in clinical practice, from prior authorizations to medical record documentation.