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Despite increased prevention efforts and longer lifespans, heart failure rates are at a high in the United Kingdom and are continuing to climb, according to new research published in The Lancet.

The Joint Commission has announced it will not move forward in implementing any of its proposed changes to accreditation standards.

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.

A study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth includes a list of five recommendations for improving mHealth utilization for adolescents with chronic conditions. The researched aimed at improving disease self-management in adolescents by utilizing mHealth technology for real-time care.

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).

 

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Socioeconomically deprived most affected by soaring heart failure rates in UK

Despite increased prevention efforts and longer lifespans, heart failure rates are at a high in the United Kingdom and are continuing to climb, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Joint Commission pulls proposed ambulatory telemedicine standards

The Joint Commission has announced it will not move forward in implementing any of its proposed changes to accreditation standards.

AHIMA17: MACRA is ‘tremendous opportunity’ for HIM

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).

ONC’s Don Rucker at AHIMA17: Blockchain ‘not there yet’ for regulation

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.

5 recommendations improving mHealth for adolescent use

A study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth includes a list of five recommendations for improving mHealth utilization for adolescents with chronic conditions. The researched aimed at improving disease self-management in adolescents by utilizing mHealth technology for real-time care.

CBO: Telehealth bill will reduce Medicare spending by $80M by 2027

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a cost estimate report on the implementation of the “Increasing Telehealth Access in Medicare Act,” stating the bill would save Medicare spending by $80 million by 2027.

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.

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