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American Medical Association severs ties with Outcome Health

AMA formally distances itself from Outcome Health over fraud allegations leveled by investors and investigative reporters.

For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam

In China, an AI-powered robot passes the national medical examination with an above average score.

Trump FCC chair unveils plan to repeal net neutrality

The FCC announces plans to dismantle regulations that uphold net neutrality.

Morning Headlines 11/21/17

November 20, 2017 Headlines No Comments

The Crisis Next Door: President Donald J. Trump is Confronting an Opioid Crisis more Severe than Original Expectations

The White House publishes revised figures on the opioid crisis, reporting that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States, outnumbering traffic crashes or gun-related deaths. The report estimates that the cost of the opioid crisis in 2015 was $504 billion, or 2.8 percent of GDP.

From Katrina To Wildfires: Leveraging Technology In Disaster Response

In a Health Affairs article, former National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD explores how EHRs can help coordinate care for patients impacted by natural disasters. In 2005, DeSalvo lived in New Orleans and worked at Tulane University School of Medicine as the Vice Dean of Community Affairs and Health Policy when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

A New Algorithm Can Spot Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist

Stanford University researchers have developed an AI algorithm trained on a data set of 100,000 chest x-rays that were annotated with information on 14 different diseases that turn up in the images. The algorithm has proved to be more reliable at spotting each of the 14 diseases than a group of board certified radiologists that also interpreted the images.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a shout-out to a $100-per-year app for doctors — here’s what it does

During its recent earnings call Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned digital health app VisualDx, noting that the company is using Apple’s machine learning plugin to help dermatologists diagnoses skin conditions from a photo.

Morning Headlines 11/20/17

November 19, 2017 Headlines 1 Comment

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

The VA is exploring the possibility of merging the VA’s Choice program, which allows some veterans to receive care from private doctors, with the DoD’s Tricare health insurance program.

The Advisory Board Company Stockholders Approve Merger Agreement With Optum

Optum completes its acquisition of the Advisory Board. Optum will retain the Advisory Board’s healthcare business unit, and sell its education business unit to Vista Equity Partners.

Health Giant Sutter Destroys Evidence In Crucial Antitrust Case Over High Prices

A California Superior Court judge finds that Sutter Health intentionally destroyed 192 boxes of documents that employers and labor unions were seeking, “knowing that the evidence was relevant to antitrust issues.”

Computer system upgrade causing delays at Banner’s Tucson hospitals, clinics

Banner Health’s Tucson-based hospitals are working through operational delays following its October 1 Cerner go-live. John Hensing, MD and chief clinical officer for the health system, says that he expects operations to return to normal by the end of the year.

Morning Headlines 11/17/17

November 16, 2017 Headlines No Comments

Some CVS pharmacies are blocking prescription refills, exec blames ‘internal network’ issues

CVS reports nationwide network outages that prevented customers from being able to refill their medications.

Stjeptan Tot vs. eClinicalWorks

The estate of a deceased cancer patient files a class action lawsuit against eClinical Works arguing that the company’s $155 million settlement with OCR over falsified Meaningful Use certification statements stemmed from missing functionality that compromised patient safety. The suit is seeking nearly $1 billion in damages.

CHIME National Patient ID Challenge

CHIME suspends its National Patient ID Challenge after two years of effort that yielded no meaningful results. A press release announcing the decision explains, “Though we’ve made great progress and moved the industry forward in many ways through the Challenge, we ultimately did not achieve the results we sought to this complex problem.”

Morning Headlines 11/16/17

November 15, 2017 Headlines 1 Comment

U.S. scientists try gene editing inside a person for the first time, aiming to cure a disease

For the first time, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital researchers have injected a patient with a CRISPR-based therapy designed to permanently edit his DNA in hopes of curing his Hunter syndrome, a rare but terminal genetic disease.

HHS cybersecurity initiative paralyzed by ethics, contracting investigation

The top two executives at the Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a new HHS office established to help providers protect themselves from cyberattacks, have left the fledgling department amid fraud allegations.

Oversight Hearing – Veterans Affairs Electronic Health Record

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on its systemwide Cerner implementation.

Towards a genomics-informed, real-time, global pathogen surveillance system

A Nature article explores the possibility of combining sequencing of pathogen gene sequencing to help epidemiologists bring about innovative digital disease detection platforms.

Morning Headlines 11/15/17

November 14, 2017 Headlines No Comments

Transforming Medicine Through Innovation: Looking Beyond the Chaos of the Moment

At its Interim Meeting this week, American Medical Association EVP/CEO James Madara, MD calls for more clinically-organized EHR workflows, improved interoperability, and inclusion of the patient’s own feedback in charts, all leading to more context and meaning to the clinical data now available to providers. Describing the current healthcare landscape, he says, “we confront oceans of data, but only puddles of clinical meaning.”

MEDITECH Introduces MaaS, a Cloud-Based EHR Subscription

Meditech announces availability of a cloud-hosted EHR aimed at the critical access hospital market.

Health records vendor looks to settle lawsuit with VA

CliniComp, the plaintiffs in a suit filed against the VA for selecting Cerner as its next EHR in a no-bid contract, offers to settle its appeal in exchange for the opportunity to prove to the non-partisan General Services Administration that its system “can be delivered cheaper, faster, and better than the alternative.”

Humana Elects Karen DeSalvo, M.D., to Board of Directors

Humana adds Karen DeSalvo, MD, former Assistant Secretary of HHS and National Coordinator for Health IT, to its Board of Directors.

Morning Headlines 11/14/17

November 13, 2017 Headlines No Comments

Trump Chooses Alex Azar for Health and Human Services Secretary

Former Eli Lily executive Alex Azar has been nominated as the next Secretary of HHS. Azar has a law degree from Yale University and served as a deputy within HHS under President George W. Bush.

Dr. John Halamka voices thoughts on precision medicine and the road ahead

MedCity News interviews John Halamka, MD and CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on EHRs and precision medicine.

Why I’m Digging Deep Into Alzheimer’s

Bill Gates launches the Dementia Discovery Fund, a $50 million private fund that will invest in a diverse selection of research efforts aimed at identifying new treatments for dementia.

New Opioid Addiction-Documentation Tip Sheet from AHIMA

AHIMA publishes a tip sheet to help improve physician documentation of opioid use, abuse, and dependency.

Morning Headlines 11/13/17

November 12, 2017 Headlines 2 Comments

NHS accused of breaching doctor-patient confidentiality for helping Home Office target foreigners

In England, the Migrants’ Rights Network challenges the legal precedent under which the Home Office requests NHS patient data in support of immigration enforcement efforts. According to England’s Department of Health, the Home Office made 8,127 requests for data in the first 11 months of 2016, which led to 5,854 people being traced by immigration enforcement teams

Breaking Down The MACRA Final Rule

Health Affairs analyzes the CMS final rule updating MACRA’s Quality Payment Program criteria for reporting year 2018.

Marshall Medical invests $20 million in new electronic medical records system

Marshall Medical Center (CA) will implement Epic across its hospital, clinic, and home health divisions. CEO James Whipple commented, “Epic is the dominant EHR provider in the area. Information can be shared across (each) system.” Kaiser Permanente and UC Davis both also use Epic and are both providing care within Marshall Medical’s community.

Morning Headlines 11/10/17

November 9, 2017 Headlines 5 Comments

Judge rules protestor couldn’t compete for Vista replacement

A VA source tells FCW that the upcoming Cerner contract will be signed sometime in November, and will cost the VA a total of $10 billion.

If Gov. Greitens is so committed to fighting opioid abuse, where’s his program?

In Missouri, a local paper questions the integrity of local public officials who will not confirm or deny whether the state has launched its cobbled-together PDMP.

HHS Names Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Winners

ONC announces Vynca as the winner of its Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge, selecting the winning submission from over 140 competing teams.

AnMed Health Medical Center laying off workers in Anderson

AnMed Health (SC) lays off 94 employees and eliminates another 65 open positions to reduce costs following lower patient volumes, reduced revenue, and costs associated with its Epic implementation.

Morning Headlines 11/9/17

November 8, 2017 Headlines No Comments

Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate

The CBO estimates that if the GOP repeals the ACA individual mandate as part of its planned tax overhaul, it would lower the federal deficit by $338 billion over the next ten years, making room for tax cuts in other areas. Eliminating the mandate is expected to increase the uninsured rate by four million people in 2019 and 13 million in 2027.

America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety

In its annual report on quality, The Joint Commission notes that in 470 hospitals submitted eCQM data in 2017, up from 34 in 2016. The report predicts that more than 2,000 hospitals will submit eCQM data in 2018.

Major investors sue Outcome Health, alleging firm committed fraud to secure $487.5M investment

Chicago-based healthcare unicorn Outcome Health is sued by a group of early investors, including the investment arms of Goldman Sachs and Google, over allegations of fraud. The company and its founders are being accused of falsifying its financial performance data during its most recent fundraising round.

Cleveland Clinic plots $20 million children’s center

The Cleveland Clinic will spend $20 million remodeling its four-story Taussig Cancer Center into a 120,000-square-foot children’s center. The new center is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

Morning Headlines 11/8/17

November 7, 2017 Headlines No Comments

Saint Anthony Hospital sues ratings agency Leapfrog, said knowingly used incorrect info to lower grade

Saint Anthony Hospital (IL) sues the Leapfrog Group, claiming defamation after the Leapfrog Group lowered the hospital’s patient safety score in recently published report.

Surescripts Transforms Prescription Decision Process Between Physicians and Patients

Surescripts announces that it will work with Allscripts, Aprima, Cerner, Epic, GE Healthcare, and Practice Fusion to present patient-specific prescription drug authorization and pricing information to providers in real-time at the point of care.

CVS adds next-day prescription delivery as threat of Amazon competition looms

In response to a perceived threat from Amazon, CVS announces next-day delivery for prescription drugs.

Regulators hear arguments for new medical records system

Officials from the University of Vermont Health Network (VT) is requesting $150 million in state funding to implement Epic across its four hospitals and all of its outpatient practices.

 

Morning Headlines 11/7/17

November 6, 2017 Headlines No Comments

NHS now lets you talk to a doctor through a video call

The NHS launches GP at Hand, a telehealth service offering UK citizens remote access to an NHS physician within two hours, rather than waiting three weeks for an in person appointment. GP at Hand is available 24 hours a day, and providers are authorized to write prescriptions and schedule follow up appointments within the NHS as needed.

Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018

Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats tops ECRI Institute’s list of top 10 health technology hazards for 2018.

Adding device codes to insurance claims could save lives and billions in taxpayer dollars

In an op-ed published in The Hill, leaders from the Pew Charitable Trust offer support for mandating unique device identifiers for medical devices.

More hospitals earning Medicare bonuses under value-based purchasing

New ACO data released by CMS Friday shows that the percent of hospitals that have earned a performance bonus in 2018 climbed to 57 percent, up from 55 percent last year. The total number of ACO participants declined from 2,955 in 2017 to 2,808 in 2018.

Morning Headlines 11/6/17

November 5, 2017 Headlines No Comments

UPMC says $2B project to build 3 hospitals will put it in ‘a class virtually onto itself’

Pittsburgh-based UPMC will spend $2 billion to build three new technology-focused specialty hospitals that it hopes will position it to become the “Amazon of health care.”

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX) Q3 2017 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

On its Q3 earnings call, Allscripts President Richard Poulton notes that the company has passed $2 billion in annual revenue, making it the second largest public health IT vendor.

Lawmakers look to keep close tabs on VA’s health record switch

A bipartisan group of congressman from the House Committee on Veterans Affairs introduces legislation requiring the VA to hand over documentation detailing how it intends to implement its Cerner EHR. Chairman Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) called the bill “essential legislation that will give Congress additional tools to carry out effective oversight of this challenging undertaking.”

Politically connected cancer mogul faces questions over his genetic tests

Healthcare billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD falls under suspicion for exaggerating the success of his GPS Cancer genetic test sales on a call with investors.

Morning Headlines 11/3/17

November 2, 2017 Headlines 3 Comments

Allscripts announces third quarter 2017 results

Allscripts reports Q3 results: revenue increased 15 percent to $449 million, adjusted EPS –$0.16 vs. –$0.06.

Leidos Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results

Leidos reports Q3 results: revenue up 34 percent to $2.5 billion, adjusted EPS $0.95 vs. $1.25, beating on earnings but missing on revenue.

CPSI Welcomes Back Two Returning Community Hospitals

Seiling Municipal Hospital (OK) and El Campo Memorial Hospital (TX) both announce that they will return to CPSI after contracting with unnamed CPSI competitors. Seiling Municipal Hospital was recently profiled by Athenahealth as strong users of its cloud-based acute care EHR.

Hospitals sue CMS over 340B drug changes

AHA and two other hospital lobbying groups sue CMS after the agency published a final rule that will drastically cut funding for the 340B discount drug program. The program was originally introduced to help underfunded hospitals buy drugs for low-income patients, but hospitals have monetized the program to maximize their profits.

Morning Headlines 11/2/17

November 1, 2017 Headlines 3 Comments

CMS Releases Medicare Shared Savings Program 2016 Results

Former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD analyzes the recently released MSSP performance data, concluding that population health-driven savings increase with time, and noting that ACOs appear to consistently outperform fee-for-service organizations on quality measures.

Community Health Systems, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results with Net Operating Revenues of $3.666 Billion

Community Health Systems (TN) reports Q3 results: revenue fell 16 percent to $3.7 billion, EPS -$0.96 vs. -$0.69, missing on both. Share prices fell seven percent in after hours trading.

Here are the final recommendations of the White House opioid commission

The White House Opioid Commission publishes its final report on combating the opioid epidemic. The report makes 56 recommendations, including expanded use of block grants to fund state-level initiatives, a mandate that HHS establish prescriber guidelines and educational materials covering the use of opioids in pain management, mandated deployment of state-level PDMPs, bolstered prosecution and criminal penalties, and a media blitz aimed at informing the public of treatment options. The commission also recommends that “CMS remove pain survey questions entirely on patient satisfaction surveys, so that providers are never incentivized for offering opioids.”

Google Is Backing an Eclectic Group of Startups That Use AI in Health Care

Alphabet startup incubatorLaunchpad Studio announces its first class of companies, all of which are startups using AI to tackle healthcare problems.

Morning Headlines 11/1/17

October 31, 2017 Headlines No Comments

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information

CMS updates its MIPS information blocking requirements to specify that providers must attest they have not disabled EHR interoperability functions, or intentionally implemented their EHR in a way that limits data exchange, and that they respond to data requests from patients and providers quickly.

MEDITECH Form Q-10

Meditech reports Q3 results: revenue grew 9.8 percent to $122 million, EPS $0.47 vs. $0.68. Product revenue jumped 50 percent while service revenue dropped by three percent.

MCH sees major issues with medical record system conversion

The April 1 Cerner go-live at Medical Center Health System (TX) leads to billing delays that have pushed administrators to hire outside help to reduce accounts receivable prior to the end of the hospital’s FY.

10 percent revived by Narcan in Mass. died within year, study says

Researchers in Massachusetts find that one in 10 residents who were revived from an opioid overdose by Narcan went on to die within a year because their underlying substance-use disorder went untreated. The studies lead author says that hospitals should be referring patients to outpatient rehabilitation treatment centers and immediately prescribing Suboxone or Methadone, but few do.

Morning Headlines 10/31/17

October 30, 2017 Headlines 1 Comment

Hearing Amazon’s Footsteps, the Health Care Industry Shudders

The New York Times explores the industry’s reaction to news that Amazon is quietly building a healthcare business unit. The article points out that Amazon has already secured wholesale pharmacy licenses in 12 states, and argues that the recent effort by CVS to acquire Aetna is, in part, a response to new pressure in the pharmacy market from Amazon.

Technology for a Healthier Future: Modernization, Machine Learning, and Moonshots

Alphabet’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt will deliver the opening keynote speech of HIMSS18. He presides over various healthcare-focused business units within Alphabet, and serves on the boards of the Mayo Clinic and the Broad Institute.

CMS proposed rule opens door to skimpier health plans, higher patient costs

CMS publishes a proposed rule aimed at stabilizing ACA marketplaces that will give states the authority to define the minimum essential health benefits a plan must cover. Advocates hope the change will lure insurers back to the marketplaces and result more affordable plans for consumers.

IBM Watson Health Teams Up With The CDC To Research Blockchain

The CDC will partner with IBM Watson to research blockchain-powered tools to improve secure health data sharing.

 

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