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All but 2 states pay for live video Medicaid encounters

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Healthcare Dive Brief “Medicaid programs in 48 states and the District of Columbia reimburse for some form of live video encounters, the Center for Connected Health Policy reported. The two states that don’t have written reimbursement policies for telehealth are Massachusetts and Rhode Island. While far more states reimburse for live video than store-and-forward and remote patient monitoring, the latter are starting to gain some traction. The new report, which updates CCHP’s annual State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies guide, focuses mainly on Medicaid fee-for-service policies.”  Read the full article. Check […]
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Career advice from women leaders proves health IT isn’t a boys’ club anymore

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Women in Health IT: Some of the industry’s top women leaders share lessons learned that have helped them succeed in an industry long dominated by men While the number of women in health IT leadership positions have grown over the years, there is still a long way to go to increase diversity and equality within the industry. In fact, even with 1 million cybersecurity positions open in 2016, women only make up 11 percent of the IT workforce. So how do these women health IT innovators make a big impact […]
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HXG Cybersecurity Series: Multi-Factor Authentication

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The Everlasting Issue of Breaches and How We Avoid Them We recently discussed how security breaches affect the healthcare system and the impact these breaches have on everyone involved, from large corporate entities down to the individual patients and their personal information.  Recognizing threats is a good start in the never-ending battle against online pirates and their attempts at profiteering on identity theft, but now let’s discuss what we can actively do to ensure we take full measures to protect the private information of the millions of customers who trust […]
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Building the Healthcare System of the Future

CMS takes aim at regulatory reforms to ease provider burden

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Lack of productivity and increased workload among top complaints from providers surveyed The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on providers with several new initiatives as part of the Trump administration’s broader efforts to cut red tape in the federal government, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. According to Verma, CMS is one of the top agencies in terms of the volume of regulations it generates—11,000 pages every year, and she contends that “too much regulation can have a suffocating effect on the […]
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Report shines light on ACO successes, strategies

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The report highlights ACOs’ experience by evaluating proficiency across key activities, educating organizations about the importance of key activities and prioritizing improvement efforts based on unique needs. “ACOs have demonstrated great promise at improving care and reducing costs, as evidenced by the latest results from Medicare ACOs,” said HCTTF Executive Director Jeff Micklos. “The task force is committed to the spread of alternative payment models and sharing learnings from model participants. This study includes replicable strategies especially beneficial for smaller, independent organizations without the capital to invest in custom, hands-on […]
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Doctors spend too much time on EHRs? Most patients don’t think so

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But only half of consumers think EHRs make healthcare safer, according to a new survey by HealtheLink. Given all the hue and cry about electronic health records distracting clinicians and inhibiting their ability to make eye contact with patients during office visits, the consensus has been that doctors waste precious time on EHRs. But new research suggests fewer patients feel that way than one might expect. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they believe EHRs make care safer. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Cloud security and IoT are the new peanut butter and jelly

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For enterprises using cloud services with IoT, it’s critical to adhere to as many security practices as possible. Experts weigh in on the best approaches to take. “The Internet of Things (IoT) adds another sticky layer to the question of cloud security. Most organizations think in terms of the devices themselves, rather than the services offered through the cloud, as potential vulnerability points. However, with all the data being gathered through IoT devices, organizations will find that utilizing cloud services may be the best way to alleviate strain on their […]
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Hospital datacenters: Extinct in 5 years?

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Cloud Computing: Datacenter of the future “Prominent healthcare executives are predicting a drastic shift from on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud. That includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and analytics. Every time Carolinas HealthCare System gets rid of server or storage hardware, someone in the IT department takes out a roll of red tape. They cut off two pieces and lay those down on the floor in the shape of an X, as in: Do not put any new hardware here.” Read the full article. Check out this article and […]
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DHS: KRACK vulnerability puts every Wi-Fi connection at risk

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Privacy & Security News “A Belgian researcher discovered a flaw in the protocol that could allow a hacker to hijack connections, launch man-in-the-middle attacks, view communications and decrypt traffic on all Wi-Fi-enabled devices. KRACK could be most devastating to IoT devices — especially in the healthcare sector — as many vendors and healthcare organizations fail to make timely patches. Healthcare IT leaders can visit the US-CERT advisory site for a list of products and available updates to patch the flaw.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social […]
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7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices

Cloud computing will change the nature of hospital IT shops

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Healthcare IT News: Cloud Computing “IDC says cloud services are transforming IT departments into lines of business as they acquire daily operations tasks instead of carrying them out on their own. Start putting the puzzle pieces together and a clear picture emerges of hospitals implementing more and more cloud services in the immediate future. The freshest of those pieces, IDC’s Cloud in Healthcare 2.0, said that hospitals are acquiring a taste for buying IT via the pay-as-you-go model and its operational expenditure approach rather than purchasing technology the old-fashioned way, […]
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