- Capitol Hill, Congress

Pats on the back abounded after Thursday’s bipartisan, 51-0 greenlighting of the 21st Century Cures Act by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sending the measure to the House floor for consideration by the full chamber. But the enthusiasm wasn’t unanimous over every provision among stakeholders who actually work in healthcare. 

 - ConcernedPediatrician

Patients are harmed at troublingly high rates in hospitals, as evidenced by Medicare’s penalizing of one out of every seven in the current fiscal year. Adding to the worry, hospitals caring for children fare no better on this score than their adult counterparts. So six pediatric hospitals have combined forces to develop and test a new “trigger tool” that retrospectively scans pediatric patients’ EMRs for signs of medical errors.

 - CyberBadGuy

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which serves the Washington, D.C., area, has reported a hack into a database containing 1.1 million customer records.

 - NarrowView

A new survey of 1,400 clinicians has found that a strong majority of medical practices with 26 or more members, some 60 percent, use one of only 10 different EHR products. Among practices with just one to three clinicians, the subset focused on 10 or fewer EHR products was a slim majority, just 51 percent. 

 - RushingTrain

Despite recent high-profile attempts to derail it, ICD-10 is likely to leave the station on Oct. 1, right on schedule. You’re better off learning it now than running to catch up with it later.