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Multitude of healthcare groups ask Congress for a national patient identifier

Healthcare groups including HIMSS, AMIA and CHIME have written a letter to members of Congress asking for a national patient identifier to increase patient safety and the electronic exchange of data.

OIG recommends adding medical device info to CMS claims forms

Adding fields for medical device information on claims reimbursement forms would help CMS better track how much Medicare spends on recalled or defective devices, according to HHS’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

GAO: HHS oversight flaws leave EHR data vulnerable

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) harshly criticized HHS’s guidance on privacy and security for health information, saying it fails to meet cybersecurity standards of other federal agencies and provides advice to covered entities that doesn’t help prevent future data breaches.

FDA will award you $40,000 to develop crowd-sourcing Naloxone app

The FDA is offering a skilled coder $40,000 to make a mobile app that could help people experiencing an opioid overdose find a potentially life-saving dose of Naloxone.

 
Feds tell researchers to get speedier on data sharing

Medical researchers are going to be on the hook for faster data-sharing after new federal policies were introduced Sept. 16, according to the Washington Post.

 
Yale New Haven Hospital will perform HIV-positive organ transplants

Another U.S. hospital (and the first in the New England region), will be allowed to perform organ transplants on HIV-positive patients, according to the Yale Daily News.

 
CHIME announces new appointments to leadership positions

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has announced the newest appointments to its board of trustees, board of directors and elected officers for 2018.

Quality Payment Program introduces choices for physicians in 2017

A blog post by Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, highlights the choices eligible physicians will have for the Quality Payment Program starting on Jan. 1, 2017.

21st Century Cures Act unlikely to move until after election

Legislation aiming to speed up the regulatory approval process for medical devices and drugs and boost research funding will have to wait until after Election Day.

PuraPly products now available for Medicare reimbursement in 10 states

Following the decision by the National Government Services to end its local coverage determination for both cellular and tissue-based products, Organogenesis’s PuraPly and PuraPly Antimicrobial products for wound management will be eligible for Medicare coverage and reimbursement in 10 states.

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