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Karen DeSalvo: Interoperability won't come easy

At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo reiterated the challenges and goals associated with implementing ubiquitous interoperability throughout the healthcare industry.

MGMA awards offer lessons on winning big, even outside of Vegas

This week, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recognized several of its members for excellence in medical practice management with a series of awards. The recipients' achievements...

Do state officials have authority over Medicare Advantage insurers?

As Pennsylvania officials have attempted to force Highmark into expanding its Medicare Advantage network, Highmark pushed back by claiming that the state lacks authority over the federal program.

RWJF: Essential benefit requirements vary widely among states

States require insurers to include a wide array of essential health benefits in their plans, making it challenging for insurers to sell plans across state lines, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Hospital perceptions of hand hygiene clash with reality

Hospitals and their medical staff have different ideas of how well the facility meets hand-hygiene guidelines, according to a new survey of infection preventionists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Medical identity theft proves lucrative in myriad ways

With healthcare breaches becoming routine, there's a thriving black market for medical identity information. And criminals are using the information in a variety of ways, according to a  Fortune  article.

CDC urges stronger Ebola precautions for physician offices

A false alarm with a patient suspected to have E bola  at a Massachusetts medical practice last week prompted an outcry for more guidance as to how offices should respond to the threat, the  Boston Globe  re ported.

Joan Rivers' death renews scrutiny of office-based surgeries

The recent high-profile death of Joan Rivers after an outpatient end oscopy procedure  has brought more attention to safety concerns at surgical centers and other ambulatory settings, though it's an issue that has been on regulators' radar for some time, according to an ar ticle  from  Crain's New York Business.

Suggestions wanted, provided in improving EHRs to better screen for Ebola

The Ebola debacle at Texas Health Resources, and the possible role of the hospital's electronic health record system in the misdiagnosis of patient Thomas Eric Duncan, has spurred questions and action regarding how to improve EHRs in screening for the disease.

Computer-assisted coding market 'ripe' for growth as ICD-10 looms

As hospitals prepare to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding by October 2015, computer-assisted coding (CAC)tools will become increasingly important, so much so that, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, they have the highest growth potential out of 25 support service applications.