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Calif. collaborative will first rely on Anthem for data analytics
By Joseph Conn | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Seven Southern California hospitals and healthcare systems combining with insurance giant Anthem to create a super-sized coordinated-care organization will be relying on more conventional data-sharing and analytics for care management and coordination, at least at first.
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Wake Forest, WakeMed, Vidant form non-ownership alliance
By Beth Kutscher | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Three health systems in North Carolina have formed a non-ownership alliance that will allow them to share back-office functions while still maintaining their independence.
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Florida hospital reports breach affecting 82,000 patients
By Local 10 TV (Miami) | September 17, 2014
Aventura (Fla.) Hospital and Medical Center has reported a data breach affecting the personal information of 82,601 people. The breach is reported to have occurred between Sept. 1, 2012, and June 9, 2014, and is believed to be the result of a vendor's employee improperly accessing patient...
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Epic CEO Judy Faulkner horses around at company's annual meeting
By Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) | September 17, 2014
In the future, look for more competition for patients, more patient engagement and fewer electronic health-record providers, Epic Systems Corp. CEO Judy Faulkner told the company's annual users group meeting Tuesday. Acquisitions of health IT companies will mushroom, she said, and then announced...
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Wearable activity trackers: Do they help health and wellness?
By Darius Tahir | September 17, 2014
The attention given Apple's new smartwatch and Health app has brought the debate center stage over whether wearable activity trackers conform to best evidence-based practices—and whether they work as promised. Authors of a just-published study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research...
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Iowa Supreme Court allows telemed-abortion system to continue
By Des Moines (Iowa) Register | September 17, 2014
The Iowa Supreme Court decided Tuesday to let Planned Parenthood of the Heartland continue using its controversial video-conferencing method for dispensing abortion pills – for the time being.
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Maryland reaching out for healthcare re-enrollment
By Associated Press | September 17, 2014
State officials plan to contact tens of thousands of Maryland residents who need to re-enroll in health insurance plans under the federal health care law as the state transitions to a revamped system, replacing its flawed website for the next open enrollment period that starts in November.
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House bill answers providers' anxiety over EHR reporting
By Joseph Conn | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With pressure mounting on HHS to make it easier for physicians and hospitals to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records, two U.S. House members have introduced a bill that would allow providers to use a 90-day reporting period in 2015 rather than an entire year.
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AMA pleads for more user-friendly EHRs
By Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association is targeting the usability—or lack thereof—of electronic health-record systems as part of a broader campaign to improve physician satisfaction.
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Privia Health secures $400 million for national expansion
By Beth Kutscher | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Privia Health, which provides practice-management tools to independent physician practices, has secured $400 million in new funding that will allow it to launch a nationwide expansion strategy.
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