Proposed privacy rule changes may leave substance-abuse patients vulnerable

By Joseph Conn  |  February 05, 2016

The CMS weighed in Friday on yet another federal argument against patient control and in favor of more fluid information sharing. The agency proposes modifying a key federal privacy rule covering patient records for drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment, and by default, behavioral health.

Abbott to buy Alere for $5.8 billion

By Associated Press  |  February 01, 2016

Abbott Laboratories will buy Alere for $4.8 billion as it tries to expand its medical-testing business. Alere makes tests used to diagnosis the flu, HIV, malaria and several other diseases that are used in doctor's offices, clinics and at home.

Group Associates reformats after split, acquisition

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  January 25, 2016

For nearly 30 years, friends David Zick and Kent Grathwohl ran insurance brokerage, technology services and benefit consulting firm Group Associates. But a growing conflict of interest led them to an amicable split in 2014. Grathwohl took his clients and left Group Associates. Last July, Zick sold...

CMS makes it easier to opt out of EHR requirements

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 22, 2016

The CMS is making it easier for providers to opt out of meaningful-use requirements of electronic health records amid a series of proposed changes to the 6-year-old $31.8 billion EHR incentive payment program.

Senate committee ideas on improving IT sound familiar

By Joseph Conn  |  January 21, 2016

A Senate committee's ideas on boosting the interoperability of electronic health-record systems and increasing their usability harken back to a 2004 plan authored by the father of the modern health IT movement.

Interoperability hurdles impede ACOs

By Joseph Conn  |  January 20, 2016

For accountable care organizations, a lack of interoperability between their health information technology systems and those of providers outside their ACOs is the No. 1 challenge they face, a new survey of ACOs found.

UPMC, Health Catalyst partner to measure costs

By Michael Sandler  |  January 16, 2016

UPMC and Health Catalyst have formed a strategic partnership in an effort to measure and analyze the true costs of healthcare services, a process that could become increasingly useful with looming bundled-payment models.

Cedars-Sinai chief cites labor shortage as major state challenge

Cedars-Sinai chief cites labor shortage as major state challenge

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 16, 2016

Thomas Priselac, CEO of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, discusses the hospital's membership in the Vivity alliance, a joint venture between seven health systems and Anthem Blue Cross that is widely interpreted as a challenge to Kaiser Permanente, and other issues confronting the prestigious...

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