Modern Healthcare recently hosted a webinar that featured a leadership panel willing to share their views on the importance of health IT systems, the challenges associated with implementation and their advice for other accountable care organizations. Here is an edited transcript of that discussion.
Health information technology cognoscenti predict most large hospitals and health systems, physician groups and health plans can handle the numerous, complex and very specific new codes. Any cramps will appear later as providers' cash flows get hit by delayed reimbursements.
Decades after work began on developing the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, most providers jumped off the ICD-10 pier with fingers crossed at midnight Thursday. And by most accounts, the first day went off without a hitch.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital are being sued by patients who said they were charged thousands of dollars to obtain medical records. A lawsuit claims the hospitals violated District of Columbia consumer protection laws.
Health insurer Aetna has hired Gary Loveman, former CEO of the failing casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp., to become the president of Healthagen, Aetna's health services and consulting arm.
Madison, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics is teaming up with Inovalon, a Bowie, Md.-based analytics software provider, to launch a patient-specific data service.
Diabetic patients are a popular target population for health systems that hope to improve patients' health with better care coordination and closer management. But new data from the research collaborative OptumLabs suggest diabetes management can be too aggressive.
With only six days to go, the CMS is preparing for a last-minute wild card that's been thrown in the ICD-10 mix—Medicare and Medicaid payments could be affected if some Republican members of Congress who want to defund Planned Parenthood get their way.
The government stored sensitive personal information on millions of health insurance customers in a computer system with basic security flaws, according to an official audit that uncovered slipshod practices.
Patient records on insurance claims were accessed on a cloud-based backup service, according to Systema Software, the software provider. The breach exposed data that included police injury reports, drug tests, notes on doctor visits and Social Security numbers.
The new federal health IT plan focuses less on the implementation of IT systems and more on patients and their healthcare. “As an administration, we're putting the person at the center of their own health data," ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo said.
Jodi Daniel, the lawyer who got in on the ground floor of the federal push to promote health information technology, is stepping down after more than a decade at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.