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Policy Enablers and Barriers: Hear How Two HIMSS Davies Award Winners Successfully Navigated HIT Policy

Author: HIMSS Learning CenterSponsor: HIMSSPrimary topic: Government & PolicyTopic: AnalyticsElectronic Health Reco…

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Be patient with ACOs, they need time to generate savings: Avalere

Experience in the Medicare Shared Savings Program seems to predict ACOs’ success more accurately than the amount of risk they assume, hea…

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Report: A single day of downtime in CMS' Enrollment Database would cost $47M

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve the cyber resiliency of its Enrollment Database, according to the Office of I…

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VA will open bidding for VistA EHR support, maintenance

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs modified its request for information on Monday, with plans to open bidding for a vendor to maintain…

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NHS hospital kicks off Axe the Fax initiative

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is pledging to remove nearly all of its fax machines by 2019 amid increasing criticism over the NHS&rsqu…

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Senate passes sweeping opioid response bill with eRx, EHR, PDMP provisions

With a rare near-unanimous vote, the United States Senate passed The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 on Monday evening. It's a massi…

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Elliott Management drops bid for Athenahealth, tanking the health tech company's stock

Athenahealth's share price plummeted Tuesday morning after reports indicated that Elliott Management was backing away from its bid for the…

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How Texas Tech health built an app for alternative payment models

Electronic Health Records (EHR, EMR)Financial/Revenue Cycle ManagementGovernment & PolicyWhen its EHR vendor wasn’t going to be ready…

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Senate passes massive opioid package, bill to ban gag clauses

The opioid package will now head to reconciliation with the House of Representatives before advancing for the president's signature. The Se…

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Study says Medicaid expansion in Michigan improved beneficiaries' financial health

Newly eligible beneficiaries saw their bills in collection, especially medical bills, decrease by hundreds of dollars between 2014 and 2015…

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Experimental nasal influenza vaccine tested in kids, teens

NIH-supported Phase 1 trial of potential broadly protective vaccine.

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Health IT Roundup—Minnesota hospital filmed patients without consent; Are providers ready for the death of faxes?

CMS wants to kill the fax machines, but providers and IT staff might not be ready; Fairview Southdale Hospital in Minnesota was found filmi…

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Gene variations linked to severity of Zika-related birth defects, small NIH study suggests

Highly affected children were likely to have a mother with natural variations in genes for a key enzyme.

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NIH and Children’s National partner to advance pediatric clinical research

Inaugural symposium highlights collaboration in allergic, immunologic and infectious disease research.

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Daily low-dose aspirin found to have no effect on healthy life span in older people

Large NIH-funded study examined outcomes in United States and Australia…

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Counties with greatest well-being for seniors cost Medicare thousands less, study finds

Medicare spends nearly $1,000 less per beneficiary in counties where residents are not only healthy, but happy and satisfied with their liv…

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More than half of consumers don't understand basic aspects of the healthcare system, survey finds

Ensuring that consumers understand their insurance could save billions in administrative costs, according to an Accenture analysis. The bes…

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How FDA is evolving to keep pace with innovation in healthcare

The U.S Food and Drug Administration serves a critical role in healthcare innovation by regulating a range of medical devices and digital h…

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EHR interoperability for VA and DoD, who’s responsible? Lawmakers, officials can't agree

The Interagency Program Office (IPO) has not fulfilled its legal mandate to be the single point of accountability between the Department of…

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Former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman: The future of innovation is patient empowerment not EHRs

Glen Tullman has served as the CEO of a major EHR vendor and the founder of a startup app maker focused initially on diabetes. That backgro…

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MACPAC continues to ponder value of collaborations between states

At its monthly meeting on Thursday, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission continued its discussion of whether federal policie…

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CVS' Larry Merlo defends rebates, touts pending Aetna deal at Morgan Stanley conference

With the Trump administration's focus on curbing high prescription costs, drug rebates negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers have become…

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NIH launches initiative to accelerate genetic therapies to cure sickle cell disease

Effort will take advantage of the latest genetic discoveries and technological advances.

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Neurons absorb and release water when firing, NIH study suggests

Findings in rat cell cultures could lead to new method for tracking communications throughout the brain.

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Russian Twitter trolls attempted to cull opposition to the ACA during repeal attempts

Twitter and the government must do more to stop the spread of messages that can deceitfully sway public sentiment, experts say.

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States are trying to lower drug prices. Here's how their efforts are being thwarted

Those states are finding their efforts hit by heavy opposition, according to a perspective piece published in The New England Journal of…

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CMS announces plan to make it easier to avoid ACA's tax penalty

Consumers who do not buy a plan this year can claim a hardship exemption without obtaining an exemption certificate number when they file t…

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Apple unveils Watch Series 4 with FDA-approved ECG

Apple on Wednesday announced Apple Watch Series 4 and, in so doing, confirmed speculation that the new device would bring ECG features clea…

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Apple unveils Watch Series 4 with FDA-approved ECG

This is the first FDA clearance for Apple and pushes the Watch further into healthcare than ever before.

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Hospital groups sue HHS over long-delayed 340B final rule

Four national healthcare organizations have filed suit against HHS over the long delay of its final rule that would implement price ceilin…

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