Study: Researchers Look at the Policy Implications of Healthcare Systems’ Advances Around IT-Facilitated Patient Engagement

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A team of researchers looks at the advances in IT-facilitated patient engagement being made at four leading patient care organizations—and the implications of those advances, for federal healthcare policy going forward

Few patients downloading EHRs to their smartphones at early-adopter health systems, study finds


Federal healthcare policymakers are pushing to give patients easier access to their electronic health data via smartphone apps. But are patients using these apps to get their health records? Uptake has been modest, according to researchers


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HIMSS19: Loud and clear message from feds on patient data: It belongs to patients


Federal healthcare officials put industry stakeholders on notice this week that patient data belongs to patients, and efforts to block patients' access to their data will not be tolerated

CHIME urges CMS, ONC to give providers 3 years to comply with interoperability rules


Industry group CHIME is urging federal healthcare policy officials to go slow with dual interoperability and information blocking rules by first publishing interim final rules rather than final rules. Once the rules are published, CHIME also wants healthcare providers to have three years to implement them

Genetic testing company agrees to $42.6M settlement and 25-year ban in Medicare fraud case


million to resolve charges they defrauded the federal government by paying kickbacks in exchange for laboratory referrals and pharmacogenetic testing. The company also agreed to a 25-year ban from participating in any federal healthcare program A New Orleans-based genetic testing company and its three principals will pay $42.6

ResMed to pay more than $37.5M to settle kickback allegations made in five whistleblower lawsuits


million to resolve allegations brought by the Department of Justice that it paid kickbacks to durable medical equipment suppliers, sleep labs and other healthcare providers. The DOJ announced on Wednesday that ResMed ran afoul of the Anti-Kickback Statute and alleges that the company filed false claims to federal healthcare programs related to the sale of equipment for sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders Medical equipment maker ResMed Corp will pay $37.5

A Texas lawsuit being heard this week could mean life or death for the ACA


In a Texas courtroom, a group of Republican attorneys general, led by Texas’ Ken Paxton, is set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California’s Xavier Becerra, in a lawsuit aimed at striking down the federal healthcare law

$6B fraud bust includes numerous telehealth schemes

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Dive Brief: Federal agencies have charged 345 people across the country, including more than 100 providers and four telehealth executives, with submitting more than $6 billion in fraudulent claims to payers. [link].

Most Americans Want the Federal Government to Ensure Healthcare for All

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believe that the Federal government should ensure that their fellow Americans, a new Gallup Poll found. In 2006, Medicare Part D launched, which may have boosted consumers’ faith in Federal healthcare programs. Most Democrats believe that the government should both ensure universal healthcare and run it. Healthcare costs are part of a family’s budget in 2018, and that is a sure thing for 2019 as well. Most people in the U.S.

San Francisco sues Trump administration over new 'conscience' rule


San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced he had filed suit against HHS to invalidate a new federal rule that he said the city can't comply with, which puts nearly $1 billion in federal healthcare funding at risk

Why Therapists Should Use HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platforms During COVID-19


The lifting of penalties for non-HIPAA compliant telehealth platforms currently only apply to telehealth sessions covered by Medicare and other federal healthcare programs overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


DOJ breaks up alleged genetic testing fraud scheme estimated at $2.1 billion

Henry Kotula

billion in what it said is one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes in history. The 35 alleged offenders were charged in five separate federal districts, and were linked to dozens of telemedicine firms and laboratories focused on genetic testing for cancer. We will continue working with our law enforcement partners to investigate those who steal from federal healthcare programs and protect the millions of Americans who rely on them.” [link].

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Driving Demand for Telehealth Services

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Healthcare Facilities Are Using Telemedicine to Remotely Connect with Patients During the Outbreak. To limit the spread of the virus, healthcare facilities and individual providers are increasingly using telehealth programs to triage patients from afar , so they don’t feel the need to come into their facility where they may be exposed to infected patients. Healthcare facilities are increasingly running out of space to house and care for both virus and non-virus patients.

How Our CTO Shannon Murphy is Changing Healthcare


As the world leader in evidence-based telemedicine solutions, GlobalMed’s mission is to transform healthcare across the planet. You likely know her for her groundbreaking 23 years with Microsoft, where she was Director of Federal Health Solutions and Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Federal Health and Benefits Team. But several factors in Murphy’s career have positioned her as the ideal leader to transform healthcare through technology.

Advances in Caring for At-Risk Veterans Using New Information Technology Tools


On September 13, LifeWIRE, the Connected Health Initiative, and Health Tech Strategies convened an expert panel to discuss how new information technologies can be used to address and reduce suicide in the United States’ active duty and veteran populations. Panelists included U.S.

Trump administration expands Medicare telehealth benefits for COVID-19 fight

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As promised , the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has expanded its Medicare telehealth coverage during the coronavirus crisis, enabling more patients to get virtual care services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. The HHS Office of Inspector General is also adding flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs.