Anthem Refuses Full Security Audit of IT Systems from OIG

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Anthem, the country’s second-largest health insurer has refused to allow the Office of Personnel Management's Office of Inspector General (OIG) to conduct vulnerability scans on its IT systems after recently suffering a data breach affecting 78.8M individuals, according to GovInfoSecurity. Anthem previously refused an audit from vulnerability tests from OIG back in 2013.  "What we had attempted to schedule for the summer of 2015 was a sort of 'partial audit' - what we call a 'limited scope
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PQA, AllazoHealth Form Research Partnership to Study Med Adherence

PQA, AllazoHealth Form Research Partnership to Study Med Adherence

Pharmacy Quality Alliance and AllazoHealth have formed a formal research partnership to study and improve the medication adherence metrics used industry-wide. PQA is the non-profit industry organization that develops and maintains medication use performance measures including Proportion of Days Covered (PDC) medication adherence metrics used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Part D Drug Benefit, the Health Insurance Market Quality Rating System (QRS), URAC, and other
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Deloitte, Cognitive Scale Partner to Boost Patient Engagement

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Cognitive Scale today announced an agreement with Deloitte Consulting to deliver services and technology that will enable both companies to take a leadership position in transforming the delivery of healthcare to consumers and care providers through the application of cognitive cloud technology. Partnership Details Deloitte plans to leverage Cognitive Scale’s technology in a number of strategic initiatives, including the shift of the US healthcare system from volume to value and the
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CoverMyMeds Launches First-Ever ePA National Adoption Scorecard

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CoverMyMeds, working with a broad group of influential industry stakeholders, today released the Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) National Adoption Scorecard. The ePA National Adoption Scorecard is the first of its kind and highlights the current state of the ePA industry, including ePA adoption rates and implementation statuses of the industry’s largest participants.  Scorecard Overview CoverMyMeds’ ePA National Adoption Scorecard highlights the current state of the ePA industry,
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Sutter Health Awards HIMSS Stage 7 Award & Clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

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HIMSS Analytics awarded Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. with a  Stage 7 Award, and its Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards. Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and
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NantHealth, Allscripts Partner To Transform Personalized Cancer Care

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EMR provider Allscripts is partnering with NantHealth to develop an integrated, evidence-based, personalized approach to healthcare solutions that includes actionable clinical data, enabling physicians to make informed decisions from complex genomic and proteomic analysis. "Our goal is to enable physicians to make better, more informed decisions, provide best-in-class patient care and monitor the effectiveness and progress of treatment, using real-time clinical and pan-omic data never before
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HIMSS Analytics Awards Carolina Health System With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

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HIMSS Analytics has awarded 230 Carolinas Health System clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards, becoming the first health system to achieve the award in North and South Carolina. Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EHR adoption and indicates a health system’s
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Why Data Sharing Is Vital to the Healthcare Revolution

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Editor's Note: J.T. Treadwell is the Managing Director at Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm where he focuses on analytics and healthcare technology. He has led a variety of Symphony investments, including health care IT companies Evidera, Symphony Performance Health, and Symphony Health Solutions.  The Affordable Care Act is the most far-reaching healthcare legislation in the U.S. since Medicare was introduced fifty years ago. In contrast to previous attempts to adjust our
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CMS Extends EHR Attestation Deadlines for EPs to March 20

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On Wednesday, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it has extended the EHR attestation deadline for eligible professionals (EPs) to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program 2014 reporting year from Feb 28 to March 20. The extension will allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. The extra time also allows EPs who have not already used their one “switch”, to switch programs (from Medicare to
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How to Win with Value-based Care: Developing Your Practice’s EHR Strategy

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There’s no denying it, Value-based Care has arrived. In this white paper, you will discover high-level insights about the evolving value-based care environment and how ambulatory practices are shifting to align. Several major trends are driving ambulatory practices to focus on value and maintain a competitive edge. These include: - Patient-centric, value-based care - Consumer demand for more engagement through technology - New payment models and revenue opportunities The challenges
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