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Lawsuit alleges 62 Ind. hospitals falsified meaningful use data

November 30, 2017

The lawsuit alleges that 62 Indiana-based hospitals falsified compliance data under the federal government's meaningful use program and, as a result, defrauded the government of more than $300 million in incentive payments.

In the states: a Legionnaires' outbreak in Calif., a new commission to study maternal deaths in NYC, and more

November 17, 2017

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Inside CMS' final rule for MACRA in 2018

November 3, 2017

CMS' final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program reduces the number of clinicians who will be subject to MACRA's reporting requirements in 2018.

The fax machine endures in modern medicine—and this government program could be why

November 3, 2017

While the fax machine has become a relic in most industries, some estimates show it continues to account for about 75% of all medical communication—despite federal efforts to digitize medical records.

EHRs helped this hospital track an infection to its source

October 31, 2017

Clostridium difficile is a leading cause of infections acquired in a health care setting, but often it is difficult to track the source of such infections in a hospital because of the complexity of interactions and location changes that occur.

CMS launches initiative to reduce regulatory burden on physicians

October 30, 2017

Michael Munger, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, says the initiative "comes at a critical time for our health care system," as the "volume of administrative and regulatory functions required of physicians is compounded by the lack of harmonization in these functions across payers."

Peer pressure could prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, study finds

October 30, 2017

New research suggests that making doctors aware of how frequently they prescribe antibiotics compared with their peers might be the most effective way to prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in the long term.

How providers across disciplines are collaborating to improve diagnostic testing

October 19, 2017

Medicare in January 2019 is expected to start requiring physicians to use qualified clinical decision-support tools when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services, and in response, several health systems have implemented new approaches to ordering such scans.

How the health care industry is trying to reduce doctor misdiagnoses

October 10, 2017

Health care industry stakeholders are launching new initiatives aimed at addressing medical misdiagnoses, which are a leading cause of medical malpractice suits in the United States.

Study finds fewer than a third of US hospitals have fully interoperable EHRs

October 6, 2017

A new Health Affairs study finds less than one-third of all U.S. hospitals in 2015 were able to find, send, and receive electronic health records for patients who have received care from outside providers.

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