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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.
 - HIMSS 2017

The Health 2.0 conferences, which focused on start-up technologies in healthcare, will now be under the banner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Expanding Medicare’s coverage of telehealth services has been a favorite cause of major medical associations. A new U.S. Senate bill is taking a different approach to achieving that goal: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

 - EHR Round Up

You can count Michael Marino, DO, MBA, chief of information security (IS) operations and clinical systems at St. Joseph Health, among the critics on what health IT vendors are offering to hospitals and health systems, comparing them to using old flip phones that debuted in the late 1990s. 

 - medical device tax

Included in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 is a big increase in what the medical device and pharmaceutical industries would pay the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cover the costs of reviewing their products.

 - HIMSS logo

While the policy talk among attendees at February's HIMSS 2017 in Orlando may have been focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s future, HIMSS’ own policy team was spotlighting opportunities to advance its legislative and regulatory wish list under a new Congress and President Donald Trump.

 - merger

McKesson Technology Solutions has merged with Change Healthcare, retaining the latter’s name for a new IT company aimed at helping payers, providers and customers “as they strive to achieve the best healthcare outcomes as efficiently as possible in this new environment.” 

 - Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS

Sometimes, hackers aren’t motivated by money when they go after patient records. Luckily for hospitals and health systems, even so-called “hacktivists” can be stopped with the same defenses that fend off other cyberattacks.

Joe Kiani, CEO of patient monitoring tech company Masimo in Irvine, California, is pushing for medical device and electronic health record manufacturers to open up their code to allow their devices to talk to each other in the hospital.

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has clarified that HIPAA’s rules on disclosing protected health information (PHI) are not limited by the sex or gender identity of the patient or their loved ones.

 - Presence Heath logo

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA enforcement action based solely on a healthcare facility not reporting a data breach in a timely manner.