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Monday Morning Update 1/25/16

January 24, 2016

Top News The hacker group Anonymous is presumed to be behind a cyberattack against Flint, MI-based Hurley Medical Center, with the group apparently following through on its threats from the previous day to take action …

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News 1/22/16

January 21, 2016

Top News The Senate’s HELP Committee will not vote on the House-passed 21st Century Cures act in its entirety, but instead will review it as seven separate bills. The committee will vote on an EHR …

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News 1/20/16

January 19, 2016

Top News A CMS blog post by Administrator Andy Slavitt and National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD says the administration has been “working side by side with physician organizations” to change the EHR incentive program. They …

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Monday Morning Update 1/18/16

January 17, 2016

Top News The New York Times takes public the recent OCR clarification for providers whose patients request copies of their medical records. An American Hospital Association SVP says the guidelines are “a helpful reminder,” the …

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News 1/15/16

January 14, 2016

Top News WebMD shares rise on the rumor that the company is up for sale, with Walgreens and UnitedHealth Group named as possible acquirers. The share price dropped back to previous levels when the company …

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News 1/13/16

January 13, 2016

Top News The Meaningful Use program will be shut down soon, according to a series of tweets from CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt from the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. He says it will be replaced by …

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Monday Morning Update 1/11/16

January 10, 2016

Top News The Office for Civil Rights declares that it won’t tolerate providers who refuse to give patients copies of their medical records, publishing clarifications of what providers must do, with these examples: Covered entities …

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News 1/8/16

January 7, 2016

Top News Henry Schein Practice Solutions will pay $250,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it overstated the data encryption level used in its Dentrix G5 dental practice management software. Schein also agreed to …

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News 1/6/16

January 5, 2016

Top News NantWorks and NantHealth acquire eligibility and benefits management software vendor NaviNet, explaining that, “we are now poised to be the nation’s leading healthcare collaboration network by transforming the payer-provider relationship to evolve from …

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Monday Morning Update 1/4/16

January 3, 2016

Top News The Madison paper reports that Epic’s headcount has increased to 9,400, up 1,400 in the past year. Campus 4 and Campus 5 are under construction and will add 3,500 offices and the company …

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News 12/30/15

December 29, 2015

Top News ProPublica launches HIPAA Helper, which allows searching government data to see if a given provider or insurer was named in privacy complaints, breaches, or violations. The organization calls out frequent offenders , none …

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Monday Morning Update 12/28/15

December 27, 2015

Top News AMA President Steven Stack, MD says EHRs are the #1 frustration of doctors, explaining, We live in a world where a 2- or 3-year-old can pick up a smartphone and use it with …

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News 12/23/15

December 22, 2015

Top News ONC releases its 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory that lists federally recognized interoperability standards and guidance. Reader Comments From Ambient Occlusion: “Re: homegrown EHRs. Regenstrief/Eskanazi signed up for Epic earlier this year.” Somehow I …

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Monday Morning Update 12/21/15

December 19, 2015

Top News Vanderbilt University Medical Center will implement Epic, replacing the sunsetted McKesson Horizon Expert Orders. VUMC developed WizOrder and sold it to McKesson in 2001, which commercialized it as HEO. VUMC announced in April …

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News 12/18/15

December 17, 2015

Top News ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee issues its congressionally-mandated interoperability report that includes these recommendations: Create outcomes measures that reward well-coordinated and affordable care, such as not paying for performing duplicate lab tests. Publish …

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News 12/16/15

December 15, 2015

Top News Five foundations, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provide $10 million to expand the reach of the OpenNotes initiative to give patients access to their visit notes. …

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