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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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Experts weigh in on elevating CISO within HHS to improve cybersecurity

Several data security experts testified before a congressional panel in favor of a House proposal to elevate HHS’s chief information security officer (CISO) to a separate office, while one expressed concerns about making the office a presidential appointment.

Minn. county complains about cost of 'ineffective' IT system

Hennepin County, the most populous county in Minnesota, said it will be forced to hire 92 new employees because of new requirements involving the MNSure health insurance exchange, which the county labels “an ineffective system,” reported the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Telemedicine may take advantage of Supreme Court ruling on med boards

Individual members of state medical boards can be sued for antitrust violations thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, which has now led to at least five such suits against health licensing boards across the country,

CMS: Small, rural practices can ‘soon’ apply for $100M in technical MACRA assistance

Seeking to ease the fears for small and rural practices of being penalized under the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CMS plans to soon release its request for proposals for the $100 million in technical assistance provided for those practices.

ONC outlines plans for data standards, big data analytics in budget request

Four legislative proposals aimed at improving the exchange of electronic health information have been included in the 2017 budget request by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

NH, AZ join interstate licensing compact

The two states have enacted legislation adopting the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and another three may soon be joining.

Patients use ProPublica database to find painkiller prescriptions

The investigative news outlet announced its database to track the prescribing habits of doctors has been used by some to find addictive painkillers.

Cybersecurity experts conduct hacker test on medical devices

Cybersecurity experts tested the vulnerability of software and medical devices at a group of hospitals, and they found hacking into the healthcare system is a lot easier than expected, reports WUSA9.   

Missouri governor vetoes $500K bill for HIT

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a $500,000 bill that would’ve gone to a health information exchange program because he believes it would have favored one vendor over another.

GAO appoints three new members to Health IT Policy Committee

Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Gene L. Dodaro, has announced James S. Ferguson, Carolyn Petersen and Karen L. Caulil as the newest members on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee.