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Healthcare IT

CMS plans new website to better track fraud

The CMS wants to launch a system to track enforcement actions against Medicare providers over questionable claims. Fraud costs the federal government an estimated $60 billion to $90 billion annually.

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

A national conversion from magnetic strip-based credit and debit cards to cards embedded with security enhancing computer chips is already underway and could prove a boon to providers, after some upfront costs and hassles.

Experts urge swift call for help to investigate data breaches

IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.

CareFirst's data hoarding widened reach of breach

CareFirst's data hoarding widened reach of breach

The sophisticated cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and the record-breaking hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have a narrower impact if companies didn't retain customer data for so long, experts say.

Annual e-prescribing volume up 20% in 2014

The nation's largest e-prescribing network reported another big jump in e-prescribing volume, but the number of e-prescribers increased more slowly and e-prescribing of controlled substances has lagged.

HealthCare.gov to get new contractor; Optum steps away

HealthCare.gov to get new contractor; Optum steps away

Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group, is walking away from its role overseeing the performance of HealthCare.gov. Experts say a primary focus for the government and the next contractor will be to improve the back-end systems of the website that sells insurance as part of the federal health law.

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