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Weekly Line: Spectre, Meltdown, and ransomware, oh my! How to protect health data in 2018.

January 12, 2018

Less than a week into the new year, health care organizations—and pretty much everyone else—reached a state of red-alert after the disclosure of two hardware vulnerabilities that affect nearly every computer and mobile device around the globe.

Inside the hospital with no beds

January 9, 2018

Virtual hospitals could be the wave of the future, and suburban St. Louis-based Mercy Virtual Care Center already has achieved profitability by taking advantage of remote-monitoring technology and new payment structures that encourage cost-effective care.

Senate passes bill to expand veterans' access to telemedicine

January 8, 2018

The legislation would give Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to implement the so-called "Anywhere to Anywhere" telehealth program that VA Secretary David Shulkin and President Trump announced last year.

What FCC's net neutrality repeal means for health care

December 15, 2017

The full effects of the Federal Communications Commission's vote to repeal net neutrality rules are not yet known, but several health care industry experts say the repeal could negatively affect medical research and access to telemedicine services.

Nearly 50% of US adults have high blood pressure under new guidelines: What you need to know

November 14, 2017

New guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lower the threshold for high blood pressure from 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg, marking the first change to the hypertension threshold in 14 years.

House approves bills intended to bolster veterans' access to care

November 9, 2017

The Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act and the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 now head to the Senate.

CMS finalizes Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2018

November 3, 2017

Under the final rule, payment rates for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule will increase by 0.41%, or 10 cents, when compared with 2017, though specific rate updates vary by provider specialty.

Opioid misuse is a public health emergency, Trump admin declares

October 27, 2017

Acting on President Trump's memorandum, acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan declares the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic a public health emergency, but some industry observers say the declaration might have little effect without additional funding.

VA proposes rule to expand telehealth services across state lines

October 3, 2017

The proposed rule would authorize Veterans Affairs health care providers to offer telehealth services across state lines to veterans, regardless of state-level restrictions.

Senate unanimously passes Medicare chronic care bill

September 28, 2017

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seeks to improve how Medicare pays for care and reduce costs in the long term.

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