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CMS Seeks Public Comment to Reduce Stark Law Regulatory Burden

June 21, 2018 - CMS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment and recommendations about ways the federal agency can reduce the regulatory burden associated with the physician self-referral law (Stark Law). The federal agency is especially interested in pinpointing aspects of Stark Law that may negatively affect care coordination. “Removing unnecessary government obstacles to care...


Jonathan Bush’s Resignation Opens Door for athenahealth Sale


athenahealth will potentially pursue a sale or merger following CEO Jonathan Bush’s resignation, effective immediately, according to CNBC. Bush’s resignation follows reports of old and new allegations against him have surfaced, though...

ClearBridge Investments Supports athenahealth Acquisition


ClearBridge Investments recently issued a letter to the athenahealth board of directors backing Elliott Management’s recommendation that the health IT company pursue offers for an athenahealth acquisition. The global equity manager currently...

Peter O’Rourke to Replace Robert Wilkie as Acting VA Secretary


The White House recently announced Peter O’Rourke will serve as the new acting VA secretary in place of recent VA secretary nominee Robert Wilkie, who will return to his post as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness for...

athenahealth Considering Elliott Management Acquisition Offer


athenahealth is seriously considering the Elliott Management acquisition offer for $160 a share, the health IT company’s management team confirmed in a public statement. “The athenahealth Board of Directors takes very seriously its...

Epic Systems May Win Dismissal of Additional Class Action Lawsuit


A class action lawsuit brought against Epic Systems by quality assurance workers who claimed they were illegally denied overtime pay may be dismissed by a federal judge because of the recent Supreme Court decision that upholds Epic’s arbitration...

athenahealth Shareholder Urges Health IT Company to Pursue Buyout


Another investment company with stake in athenahealth is urging athenahealth’s board of directors to consider selling the health IT company, according to a recent filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Janus Henderson...

Trump Officially Nominates Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary


President Trump recently announced Robert Wilkie will be the next VA secretary nominee in the running to replace former VA Secretary David Shulkin and spearhead the agency during its Cerner EHR implementation, according to CNN. Wilkie is the...

VA Signs $10B Cerner EHR Implementation Contract


VA has signed a $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation contract to replace its homegrown legacy VistA system after months of ongoing negotiations. “I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize...

Cerner Impersonator Convicted of $19M Health IT Fraud Scheme


Suresh Mitta of Richardson, Texas has been convicted in a federal jury trial of impersonating Cerner Corporation in a $19 million health IT fraud scheme, according to an announcement from the Western District of Missouri’s Department of...

athenahealth Not Engaging With Elliott Acquisition Offers


athenahealth has not directly communicated with Elliott Management about the hedge fund’s nearly $7 billion all-cash acquisition offer, according to an open letter to the athenahealth board from Elliott Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager...

eHealth Exchange Set to Join Carequality Interoperability Framework


The eHealth Exchange and Carequality will soon be two distinct subsidiaries under the Sequoia Project, with the former joining the Carequality interoperability framework later this year. The Sequoia Project is updating its corporate structure,...

Forthcoming ONC Health IT Certification Rule Will Support TEFCA


ONC recently announced the development of a new proposed rule that would update the Health IT Certification Program to support voluntary attestation to the adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to promote network-to-network...

Mayo Clinic Epic EHR Implementation Launch Running Smoothly


The recent Epic EHR implementation go-live at Mayo Clinic is so far running smoothly, Mayo Clinic clinicians told KTTC. The EHR system go-live at the health system’s Rochester, Minnesota care sites went live on May 5. Mayo Clinic’s...

CMS Updates 2018 MIPS Participation Status Lookup Tool


Clinicians can now look up their Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation status through a simplified online lookup tool, CMS officials announced today during a webinar on participation criteria for the second year of the Quality...

Bill Allowing Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes Senate


The bi-partisan Improving Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S.1732) was passed by the Senate earlier today, allowing CMS to offer incentives to providers that implement behavioral health EHRs. Introduced by Senator Sheldon...

CMS Rural Health Strategy Plan Leverages Meaningful Measures


A newly-announced CMS Rural Health Strategy leverages the Meaningful Measures initiative to reduce administrative burden and avoid the unintended consequences of federal policy on rural providers. The Rural Health Strategy also aims to improve...

Elliott Management Offers Nearly $7B to Acquire athenahealth


Hedge fund Elliott Management recently made an offer to acquire athenahealth for $160 a share, according to CNBC. Elliott Management founder Paul Singer had a 9.2 percent stake in athenahealth in 2017. Currently, Elliott’s stake is about...

Allscripts Acquires HealthGrid, Grows Patient Engagement Platform


Allscripts recently announced it has acquired mobile enterprise patient engagement solutions company HealthGrid Holding Company in an effort to further expand its FollowMyHealth patient engagement solution offerings. The health IT company plans...

Trinity Health Selects Epic EHR, Rev Cycle Management System


Trinity Health recently announced plans to implement a single, integrated Epic EHR and revenue cycle management system enterprise-wide. The Epic EHR system will help to improve patient and provider satisfaction at all 94 hospitals part of the...



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