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More than 800 ICD-10 code changes introduced for 2017

Two years after the introduction of ICD-10, the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee has introduced more than 800 code changes set to take effect in October.

Part 2, Q&A with next HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf: Health IT industry shouldn’t fear AI

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).

HITECH Act increases adoption of EHRs in hospitals

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 was introduced to increase the rate of integration of electronic health records (EHRs). In a recent study, published by Health Affairs, researchers analyze if the bill was able to increase EHR adoption.

OCR pushes for employee education to improve cybersecurity

Having a strong first line of defense is key in any battle—and the same goes for the fight for cybersecurity. A recent newsletter released by HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) urges healthcare organizations to arm their employees with knowledge in order to prevent cyberattacks.

US rep offers bill to add addiction history to EHR to combat opioid misuse

In response to the opioid epidemic, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, MA, PhD, R-Pennsylvania, has introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act, which allows physicians to review patient information regarding previous addiction treatment through electronic health records (EHRs).

FDA introduces 'action plan' to improve digital innovation in healthcare

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its “Digital Health Innovation Action Plan” to provide guidance on medical devices and software in the 21st Century Cures Act. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) was launched as a pilot precertification program for the development of digital health technology.

CMS proposes expanded telehealth reimbursement for 2018

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

Senators introduce rural telehealth legislation

Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, have introduced a bill to expand access to rural telehealth services. The “Reaching Underserved Rural Areas to Lead on Telehealth Act," or RURAL, would allow non-rural hospitals severing rural areas to qualify for support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF).

New ONC chief offers hints at policy priorities

In his first blog post since being named to lead the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), Donald Rucker, MD, focused mostly on his own “journey” through medical school, the early days of electronic health records and working as chief medical officer at Siemens.

FDA lists reusable medical devices requiring new validation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a list of reusable medical devices that will require validated use instructions and data regarding cleaning, disinfection and sterilization.

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