The wobbly credibility of third-party health information exchange organizations got a boost last week after Texas Health Resources signed up to share patient data in a highly competitive healthcare market.
Private and government-sponsored HIEs have tested their ability to use patient information to improve healthcare, lower costs and bolster research. But the increased emphasis on achieving those goals in order to get paid by Medicare and Medicaid adds pressure on providers to share valuable data.
The hearing, titled “The Affordable Care Act on Shaky Ground: Outlook and Oversight,” is being held jointly by the House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on health and oversight and investigations.
Last week's tweet of medical records hacked from an Ohio medical group is raising questions about social media's role in protecting patients' privacy. The post remained on Twitter for at least 16 hours.
A physician-hospital organization affiliated with Navicent Health in Macon, Ga., is partnering with Stratus Healthcare to potentially offer information technology services to doctors and rural hospitals in southern Georgia, the groups announced last week.
A physician-hospital organization affiliated with Navicent Health in Macon, Ga., is partnering with Stratus Healthcare to potentially offer information technology services to doctors and rural hospitals in southern Georgia.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has scrapped a part of a recently passed budget bill meant to encourage use of a health information exchange in his state by long-term care providers and behavioral health centers. Earlier this year, the Missouri Legislature failed to advance House and Senate legislation...
Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime for measuring EHR use. The CMS promises a more flexible approach that focuses on making relevant information accessible to clinicians and patients.
A suit in U.S. District Court for the Northeastern District of Illinois names as defendants Sandlot Solutions and its own Santa Rosa Consulting. The suit alleges that Sandlot breached its agreement by shutting down a health information exchange that connects more than 30 hospitals in Illinois.
The number of acute care hospitals using “directed” health information exchange increased from just over 100 hospitals in 2011 to just under 1,000 in 2013. However, seven of the original 56 participants in the four-year program are “no longer operational,” the report said.
A controversial federal health program that helps insurers withstand the ebbs and flows of the new insurance exchanges will be put under the microscope this week with the hope of making it fairer in the long term.
Two of California's largest insurers are trying to build one of the country's most comprehensive health information exchanges, but they're facing reluctance from providers who are hesitant to share their data.