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HHS OIG Announces Review of Telehealth Payments

What does the recently announced Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) review of Medicare telehealth payments mean for the future of telehealth reimbursement? That’s the question that some advocates are asking following the announcement that the agency will be examining potential improper payments from the Centers for Medicare […]

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New Legislation Would Allow for More Flexibility on Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid. With that in mind, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) […]

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Improper Medicare Payments for Meaningful Use, Telehealth?

Have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) been making improper payments to hospitals for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and for telehealth services? That’s the question that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be considering. As Healthcare IT News […]

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How Hospitals Can Protect Against Ransomware: Expert Advice

In the wake of last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which caused chaos at hospitals in the United Kingdom, and at a time when large-scale health care data breaches have often dominated headlines, experts are urging health care organizations to double down on their commitment to cybersecurity. The good news for hospitals and health systems? The […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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What Cyberattacks Mean for the U.S. Health System

For many smartphone-using Americans, this past Friday evening and the weekend likely included a flurry of news alerts about a wave of coordinated ransomware attacks that hit in 99 countries throughout the world. While details are still emerging, cybersecurity experts have identified more than 75,000 attacks, including some that targeted 16 National Health Service (NHS) […]

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New ONC Interoperability Framework: Open for Comment

“Interoperability” is seemingly one of the most popular buzzwords in the health care lexicon today. It’s long been a goal, but it has been much harder to achieve in practice. For its part, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking to provide guidance for providers, health care organizations, and developers […]

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Government Funding Deal: Some Wins for Telehealth

With the prospect of a federal government shutdown looming over Washington, and the rest of the country, this past weekend, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers finally reached a deal to fund the government until September 30 of this year. Notably, not only would the spending measure, if passed, mean that the government […]

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New OCR Chief Pledges to Fight Breaches

It’s no secret that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays an important role in combating and responding to […]

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AHIMA to Congress: Fully Fund Cures Act

It was an increasingly unusual display of bipartisan cooperation when Congress came together to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that made a diverse range of investments in health care programs, in late 2016. Then-President Barack Obama subsequently signed the bill into law. Now, however, experts are worried that some […]

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