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Doctors And Hospitals Got At Least $3.5 Billion From Industry In Just Five Months

Julia Belluz | Vox | September 30, 2014

...Lawsuits in recent years revealed that doctors' relationships with industry can alter their prescribing practices and decision-making for the worse, and pharmaceutical companies have paid out billions of dollars in fines for fraudulent marketing practices...

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DoD Looks for Disaster Response Solutions Through Artificial Intelligence Innovation Competition

An important new trend in the federal sector involves the use of "innovation competitions" to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for major problems that the agencies face. An ongoing AI innovation competition from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), known as the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge began in March 2019. While that competition is only open to major consulting firms, the Department of Defense (DoD) was the trendsetter here and has been working on a series of AI competitions that began with the xView competition in March 2018.

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Don Berwick's Newest Phase: Candidate, But Still Dr. Quality

Martha Bebinger | Kaiser Health News | August 29, 2013

Dr. Donald Berwick might be running for Governor of Massachusetts, but he's still got a foothold in his former life.  Berwick, most recently known as the acting chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, had a long record as the leading authority on health care quality, including being founder and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement...

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Don't Overlook Fraud In EHRs, OIG Cautions CMS

Jacqueline Fellows | HealthLeaders Media | January 9, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has eagerly pushed EHRs onto healthcare providers without adequately addressing the risk of fraud, suggests a report from the Office of Inspector General. Read More »

Dr. Halamka’s Dramatic MU Prediction In Boston

Mark Hagland | Healthcare Informatics | May 13, 2014

John Halamka, M.D. predicted on May 13 that 80 percent of U.S. hospitals would fail to attest to MU Stage 2 on time

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Editorial: Open Records Will Make U.S. Medicine Healthier

Staff Writer | Albuquerque Journal | October 6, 2014

If you were scheduled to have a medical device such as a knee or hip implanted, would you want to know if your surgeon and/or hospital had a financial relationship with one of the manufacturers?...Now, thanks to one of the successful components of the Affordable Care Act, you can find out what trips, research grants and honorarium are changing hands...

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EHR Certification Criteria Under Fire

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | May 2, 2014

Complaints rolling in to the ONC-The hits keep on coming as two industry groups spoke out against voluntary 2015 EHR certification under meaningful use...

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EHR Incentive Payments Blast Toward $18 Billion

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | January 14, 2014

The “inexorable progress” of the federal EHR incentive program continues, with payments to providers moving ever closer to $20 billion. Read More »

EHR Incentive Programs Top $19.2 Billion In Payments

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | February 5, 2014

Eligible providers and hospitals are still raking in the dough to compensate for EHR adoption, said the HIT Policy Committee during its latest meeting this week.  More than $19.2 billion in incentive payments have been doled out to nearly 88% of hospitals and 60% of Medicare providers nationwide.  Over 340,000 providers have received an incentive as of the end of December 2013. Read More »

EHR Payments Soar To Near $20B

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | January 15, 2014

Electronic health record incentive payments to eligible docs and hospitals continue to climb into the new year. The "inexorable progress" of the federal EHR incentive program continues, with payments to providers moving ever closer to $20 billion. Read More »

EHR Payouts Climb Near $25 Billion

Tom Sullivan, | Healthcare IT News | July 11, 2014

Electronic health records incentive payments to eligible hospitals and providers have continued their upward trend, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paying out a whopping $24.4 billion to date...

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Epic Systems, Leading Defense EHR Bidder, Slammed For Lack Of Interoperability

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | October 3, 2014

Epic Systems, considered the front-runner for the Defense Department’s $11 billion electronic health record contract, has come under sustained criticism for lack of interoperability with other EHRs, including most recently a front-page story in The New York Times last Sunday...

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Experts Say Healthcare.gov Could Be Hacked

Danielle Wiener-Bronner | The Wire | January 16, 2014

Cyber security experts are prepared to slam government officials over the embattled Obamacare website during today's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hearing on its "own security concerns about healthcare.gov," citing vulnerabilities they think make the site easy to hack. Read More »

Federal Incentive Payments For EHRs To Doctors And Hospitals Edge $24 Billion

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | June 12, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid out the equivalent of the gross national product of Costa Rica -- $23.7 billion -- to hospitals and medical professionals from 2011 through April 2014 to adopt electronic health records. 

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Feds Move Into Digital Medicine, Face Doctor Backlash

Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell | USA TODAY | February 1, 2015

"Physicians passionately despise their electronic health records," says Lexington, Ky., emergency physician Steven Stack, the American Medical Association's president-elect. "We use technology quickly when it works … Electronic health records don't work right now."

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