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Feb 11, 2019

ORLANDO—In two long-anticipated rules, the CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Monday released two proposed rules aimed at preventing data blocking and improving interoperability. The rules require organizations to implement open data-sharing technology to ensure data can move from one plan to another, potentially by way of patient apps. The agencies also released two requests for information on promoting interoperability and reducing any burden...

Feb 11, 2019

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People are essentially paying more for the same amount of care. Average utilization across all sectors only grew 0.5% from 2016 to 2017, but spending rose 4.2% led by a 3.6% hike in prices, according to a new report.

Feb 11, 2019

To maintain their Medicare eligibility, hospitals with electronic health record systems will have to start sending notifications to doctors when a patient is discharged, according to a proposed rule that is part of a larger interoperability effort.

The CMS said in its proposed rule that the goal is to get more hospitals to notify doctors when a patient is discharged in an attempt to improve care coordination. The rule includes other provisions such as moves to discourage information-...

Feb 08, 2019

Providence St. Joseph Health has bought a revenue-cycle management company based on blockchain technology, an acquisition it hopes will help it better manage those operations.

The Renton, Wash.-based integrated healthcare system hopes Lumedic will make what are often archaic systems of collecting, analyzing and distributing claims and billing more efficient. Fragmented revenue-cycle management processes added more than $500 billion in U.S. healthcare costs in 2018 alone, according to...

Feb 08, 2019
Feb. 11-15: I'm going to Disney World! No, the Modern Healthcare team didn't just win the Super Bowl. But we will be joining more than 40,000 other healthcare leaders in Orlando for the madness that is HIMSS19, which is branded “Champions of Health Unite.” Of course, the latest and greatest health IT innovations will be on display among the nearly 1,200 vendors. (Visit us at Booth 4843.) Top level HHS officials, including Alex Azar, Seema Verma and Dr. Donald Rucker, are scheduled to speak....
Feb 08, 2019

In the most recent legal battle pitting healthcare providers against their hometown governments, two Pennsylvania municipal agencies last month sued two not-for-profit hospital systems. The goal was to regain property taxes by proving the not-for-profits operate very much like for-profits.

It's played out in state after state. Cash-strapped local officials eye the behemoths taking up blocks of valuable land while paying zero taxes year after year, despite turning a profit. They start...

Feb 08, 2019

Addiction treatment experts say there's a huge need to expand high-quality outpatient care, including medication-assisted treatment, to Americans with opioid and other substance use disorders. After inpatient care, however, patients often can't access or don't stay connected to outpatient therapy, which contributes to a very high relapse rate.

There are also too few outpatient...

Feb 08, 2019

President Donald Trump's call for ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S. in 10 years during his State of the Union address last week was lauded by HIV clinical experts who credited his willingness to call attention to an epidemic that still infects nearly 40,000 people a year.

But while most stakeholders say the administration's goal can be realized with the progress that has been made in treatments and prevention in the past two decades, they remain mostly skeptical of the White House'...

Feb 08, 2019

Interest in blockchain technology to solve big problems isn't limited to the private sector. In December, HHS received authority to operate the first blockchain-based tool in the federal government.

The tool, called HHS Accelerate, relies on blockchain to streamline the process the department uses to procure products and services from private vendors. With the tool, HHS aims to...

Feb 08, 2019
The Friday Breeze

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend.

Happy Friday! Also known as the day President Donald Trump is getting his second annual physical. Last year, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson attributed the president’s “excellent health” to good genes and God. Will this year be different with a new physician...

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