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Ethicists from the University of Basel have developed a biosecurity framework specific to neurotechnology while calling for a ban on dual-use technology with the aim of regulating mental privacy and integrity of humans. Findings were published in Neuron.

As cyberattack become increasingly common incidents, healthcare professionals must push security to the forefront. In a presentation given at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Jim Whitfill, CMO of innovation Health Partners and president of Lumetis, described the current cybersecurity environment and detailed how professionals can take steps toward improving privacy.

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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a remote feature allowing programming sessions given through telehealth platforms to patients who have had at least six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill with an ingestion tracking system to tell physicians whether patients have taken their medication.

 

Recent Headlines

Most providers have yet to conduct ICD-10 testing

The majority of providers have not yet conducted ICD-10 testing, according to a survey by the American Health Information Management Association and eHealth Initiative.

 
Coalition sees negative consequences in ICD-10 grace period

Recent efforts to establish a grace period around the ICD-10 transition will have "far-reaching, negative consequences," according to the Coalition for ICD-10.

New ICD-10 bill would provide two-year grace period

Attempts to impact the ICD-10 transition keep coming with a third attempt in about a month now aiming to provide a two-year grace period for providers submitting claims.

 
Lawmakers to CMS: Create an ICD-10 contingency plan

An ICD-10 contingency plan is needed in case the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is unable to process the new codes, members of Congress said in a letter to Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

ICD-10 end-to-end testing produces 88% acceptance rate

Providers, clearinghouses and billing agencies have “successfully” participated in the second ICD-10 end-to-end testing week, held April 27 through May 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Four Ts for successful ICD-10 implementation

Timing and technology go hand in hand. Inventory all systems that currently include ICD-9 codes, Enos said. Working with your IS support team, finalize system changes, plans to test systems after the transition, monitor coding and reimbursement accuracy. “New technology also can boost productivity to help offset the losses that will occur during and after the transition.”

 
The neverending policy issue

The big health IT news this week is the likelihood that National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, is likely moving on now that she’s been nominated as assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Survey finds providers skeptical of training, readiness for ICD-10

Another ICD-10 readiness survey finds that just 11 percent of respondents are "highly confident" their employees will be adequately trained and 13 percent are "highly confident" their business will be prepared.

Bill aims to prevent switch to ICD-10

It's not over yet folks--a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.

Less than one-third have conducted ICD-10 revenue impact testing

Just over a quarter (28 percent) of respondents of a survey about ICD-10 readiness have performed revenue impact testing, according to software testing firm QualiTest.

 

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