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Indiana Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Tied to Medicaid Meaningful Use

January 16, 2018 - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill recently filed a request to dismiss a lawsuit brought against 62 Indiana hospitals for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme involving the release of patient EHRs to meet meaningful use requirements for the state’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The two South Bend attorneys that filed the lawsuit — Michael Misch...


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Cerner Appoints Brent Shafer CEO, Chairman of the Board

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Cerner recently appointed Brent Shafer as its new CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors starting February 1. Brent Shafer previously served as Philips North America CEO. The health IT portfolio at Philips under Shafer’s watch included...

Jones Memorial Recovers From EHR Downtime Due to Cyberattack

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Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) officials recently announced its systems are back online after a period of EHR downtime lasting about two weeks. A cyberattack at the Wellsville hospital forced staff to temporarily revert to manually entering patient...

Allscripts to Acquire Practice Fusion in $100M Cash Deal

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Allscripts recently announced it will acquire Practice Fusion EHR in a $100 million cash deal in an effort to further expand its reach into ambulatory care settings. Practice Fusion and its EHR technology will complement Allscripts existing ambulatory...

Henry Ford Health System Recovers From EHR Downtime Episode

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Henry Ford Health System in Michigan recently resolved a power outage that resulted in a period of EHR downtime and some minor delays in patient care. “All computer applications affected by today’s power issue at our data center are...

CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Data Submission System

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Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can now use a new system to submit 2017 performance data, CMS announced midweek The data submission system is available on the CMS QPP website. The new system eliminates the...

Eligible Hospitals Must Use QNet for Meaningful Use Attestation

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CMS recently issued a reminder that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs must use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations in 2018. “As of January...

Former National Coordinator DeSalvo Joins UT Dell Med School

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Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will join the University of Texas (UT) Austin Dell Medical School faculty in January. DeSalvo was appointed National Coordinator by former President Barack...

CMS Approves ASCP for Qualified Clinical Data Registry Status

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The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently announced its National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR) is now a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) status for 2018. Achieving QCDR status means NPQR now offers a...

NJ Medical Group Starts Physician-Led Health Information Exchange

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The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched its statewide health information exchange (HIE) known as OneHealth New Jersey. The HIE will improve physician health data access and streamline communication between hospitals, physician...

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Connects Over 50% of Providers

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The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Interoperability Framework now connects over half of the nation’s healthcare providers. Since its inception in July 2016, the interoperability network has grown to include more than 1,000 hospitals,...

Tahoe Forest Health System Successfully Launches Epic EHR

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Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) recently went live with its Epic EHR implementation with the help of Mercy Technology Services. The two-hospital health system offers services including 24-hour emergency care, orthopedic services, and cancer...

Critical Access Hospitals Hardship Exception Deadline Nears

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The hardship exception deadline for critical access hospitals (CAHs) that did not achieve meaningful use during the EHR Incentive Program 2016 reporting period closes on November 30. CAHs looking to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment can apply for...

CVS Offering Prescription Benefit Information Through Surescripts

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CVS Health pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) within CVS Caremark will now provide real-time, member-specific prescription benefit information and lower-cost therapeutic alternatives at the point of prescribing through Surescripts functionality....

Solo Practitioner Not Using EHR System Denied License Reissue

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A New Hampshire judge has denied a request from solo practitioner family physician Anna M. Konopka, MD to regain her medical license in part because of her decision to practice without an EHR system. The octogenarian was forced to stop seeing...

eClinicalWorks Sued for Nearly $1B Due to Faulty Patient EHRs

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eClinicalWorks has been sued for nearly $1 billion in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence following claims an individual died of cancer due to faulty patient EHRs. Kristina Tot filed the class action lawsuit against...

CHIME Suspends 2-Year National Patient ID Challenge Initiative

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently announced it will suspend the National Patient ID Challenge Initiative after nearly two years of work. “Though we’ve made great progress and moved the industry...

Trump Administration Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

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The Trump Administration recently announced it has selected former Eli Lilly American Division President and former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) General Counsel Alex Azar to serve as the new HHS Secretary.  The nomination...

California Health System Launches $20M Epic Implementation

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Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, California, recently went live with its $20 million Epic EHR implementation. The Epic EHR system will serve as a central database for the health system’s hospital, clinical, and home health divisions....

ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Selects 3 Winners

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ONC today announced the three winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge. Winning submissions were selected from a pool of over 140 competing teams and nearly 7,000 algorithm submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. Algorithms were...