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5 recommendations to reduce, prevent opioid overdoses

Graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh have compiled a list of recommendations to prevent opioid overdoses that is being presented at the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver.

NIH awards $5.5 million to expand precision medicine program

Four regional medical center groups will receive $5.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin implementation of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort program.

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.

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