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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.
 - Bonnie Cassidy, MPA

While clinicians may be confused or frustrated with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), professionals in health information management should see it as “nothing but positive” and embrace it, according to Bonnie Cassidy, MPA, principal of advisory services at nThrive and former president and chair of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

 - BabyBorn

Identifying a patient normally means going by their Social Security number—but what if that patient is a newborn who doesn’t have one yet? The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) laid out its suggested solution at a presentation at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

 - Don Rucker, MD at AHIMA

Don Rucker, MD, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) said his agency has been focused on improving usability and interoperability of electronic health records, adding that while blockchain technology may provide some interesting capabilities but it’s too soon to issue regulations on it.

 - AHIMA 2017 logo

An expanded vendor hall is one of the draws for repeat attendees at this year’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference, being held in Los Angeles from Oct. 7-11. Attendees are expecting to find “anything that makes their job easier,” according to group’s vice president of health information management (HIM) practice excellence, Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS.

 - HIMSS 2017

Embracing artificial intelligence (AI) technology is “a necessity” for the health IT industry, according to Harold “Hal” Wolf III, the next president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

 - Hal Wolf HIMSS

It’s been quite a long time since anyone except Stephen Lieber was been president and CEO of The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), but he’ll soon be handing over the reins after 17 years to Harold “Hal” Wolf III, an alum of Kaiser Permanente and the Chartis Group as well as a HIMSS board member.

 - CMS logo

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule would provide a boost in reimbursement to telehealth services, paying for several new services and codes.

 - Neal Patterson, CEO and co-founder of Cerner

The co-founder and CEO of health IT giant Cerner, Neal Patterson, died July 9 at age 67 according to a company statement.

 - Data Breach

Data breaches cost healthcare organizations an average of $380 per record, more than any other industry included in the 2017 Cost of Data Breach study from IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute.

Even though electronic health record (EHR) giant Epic is based in Wisconsin, it didn’t bid on a contract for serving seven state-run facilities, with rival Cerner instead winning the 10-year, $33 million contract.