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Upcoming Virtual Health IT Events for Providers

Upcoming webinars for healthcare providers focused on adopting health information technology and participation in federal initiatives and quality reporting programs for transition to value based care. The webinars listed are free of charge so register today. Check back each week for new events.

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Importance of Revenue Cycle Management in Value-Based Care

Value-Based Care Insights Podcast with host Daniel J. Marino. In this episode Dan speaks with revenue cycle leaders Cecilia Gonzalez and Rachel Greenspan to discuss ways to identify areas of opportunity and increase the revenue cycle performance.

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Health IT Business News – June 30, 2022

Business news from N1X10, eHealth Technologies, Pictor, GTMRx Institute, Curebase, eVisit, HSBlox, Insightin Health, DrFirst, VisiQuate, Olive, CareSignal, Health AllianceTM, DeliverHealth Solutions, Nextech, Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company, Harmony Healthcare IT, and more.

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ONC Launches New HITAC Adopted Standards Task Force

By Josianne Charles, Liz Turi, Scott Bohon, & Mike Berry – Recently the ONC launched the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) Adopted Standards Task Force to review and make recommendations on the existing set of ONC-adopted standards and implementation specifications.

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AMA unveils Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians

In a speech to physician and medical student leaders from across the country, American Medical Association President Gerald E. Harmon, M.D., unveiled the AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, an ambitious roadmap to renewing our country’s commitment to physicians—and ensuring their needs are met—so patients can receive the high-quality care they deserve.

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FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s Continued Efforts to Return to Normal

By Jeff Shuren MD JD & William Maisel MD – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for medical devices has far exceeded anything we have seen in previous public health emergencies. The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health has worked to address these unprecedented demands…

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4 Takeaways from AHIP 2022


Non Invasive Continuous Glucose Monitoring

New On Demand Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist: With guest Phil Bosua, CEO at Know Labs. Phil has a long and interesting background as an inventor and early producer of apps making over 600 before he moved on to invent the portable scanner “ScanBox” and LIFX – the reinvented wifi-connected color-tunable light bulb.

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Health IT Hires and Appointments


Ten Million Missed Cancer Screenings

By Sarah Larsen – During the first year of the Covid pandemic, patients missed around 10M potentially life-saving cancer screenings. The CDC encourages health care professionals to minimize delays in testing by continuing routine cancer screening, and helping patients safely access screening through interventions such as navigation (both human and digital).

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TPA Summit 2022


Sharing Genomic Data for Patient Care – Sync for Genes Phase 4 Wraps Up

By Stephanie Garcia – The Sync for Genes program, launched by ONC in 2017 in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, aims to enable the sharing of standardized genomic information among laboratories, providers, patients, and researchers by advancing…

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Leaders Weigh In on Oracle Acquisition and New Vision


Inequity in Healthcare and How to Remedy It

New On Demand Healthcare Upside/Down: With guest Carladenise Edwards, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Henry Ford Health in Detroit. They examine the risks posed by a widening digital divide and describes what Henry Ford Health is doing to ensure that the growth of digital health can benefit the entire community.

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NursesNOW Roundup June 2022


Healthcare Progress Is In the Eye of the C-Suite Survey Respondent


What is the Digital Front Door?

By Art Gross – The traditional way to see your healthcare practitioner was to call the office, schedule an appointment and when the time came, go to the office for your visit. You’d get there and then open the front door to attend your appointment.

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Playing with FHIR: A Success for Our First FHIR Connectathon

By Liz Buckle – Recently, CommonWell hosted our first FHIR Connectathon under the working premise that the best way to figure out what we don’t know is to get our hands dirty and start testing. Participants included 11 of our Service Adopters: athenahealth, Cancer Insights, Cerner, Health Gorilla, Inovalon, MEDHOST, MEDITECH, Oprable, Patientory, Seqster and WellSky.

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Health IT Business News, Financial Edition – June 23, 2022


APIs for Research: Perspectives from App Developers and Data Integrators

By Mera Choi, Stephanie Garcia, Chelsea Richwine, Christian Johnson, & Brittney Boakye – In ONC’s “App Developer and Data Integrator Perspectives” report – the third in the “Accelerating APIs” report series – we assess the current landscape of API-based health information exchange in a rapidly evolving electronic health data ecosystem.

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HHS Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth

The HHS, through its Office for Civil Rights, is issuing guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth service when such communications are conducted in a manner that is consistent with…

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Encouraging Regulatory Compliance

By Matt Fisher – Concerns about the scope of compliance with a growing host of regulations in healthcare are mounting. It is fully acknowledged that healthcare is subject to a myriad of regulations that often create confusing, if not contradictory requirements for organizations.

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Getting the Best out of Algorithms in Health Care

By Kathryn Marchesini, Jeff Smith, & Jordan Everson – The same basic technology that can predict what movie you might want to watch, what song you might want to listen to, or what item you might want to buy online, can also predict the onset of diseases, forecast costs of care, and recommend treatment options for your doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.

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Solving Treatment Adherence with Data

New On Demand Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist: With guest Andrew Mellin, MD, VP, Chief Medical Information Officer at Surescripts. Andrew is an Internist and Hospitalist who has spent the last 20 years focused on technology innovation in healthcare and is now working to deliver trusted information into the healthcare system and close the loop on medications.

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Talent Tuesday: The Healthcare Workforce

With 18% of healthcare workers having left their jobs and another 12% being laid off, what are the solutions for healthcare as a whole? You can’t open a paper, magazine, or watch news and not hear about the crisis that has evolved. This is our Talent Tuesday Workforce edition.

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3 Potential Impacts Real-Time Operational Data Can Bring to Your Healthcare System

By Jon-Michael Smith – Hospitals generate an enormous amount of data daily, which can be turned into actionable insights that can better operations, save costs and overall produce better patient outcomes. There are several types of data hospitals should be tracking.

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HFMA 2022 Annual Conference: Above and Beyond

June 26-29, 2022, the HFMA Annual Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO and Virtual. Join attendees and sponsors at this premier healthcare finance event offering 4 strategy-focused general sessions, more than 70 educational sessions, and 7 content tracks over 4 days.

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The “Wonder Years” of Healthcare

By Dr. Martin Lustick – In the wake of medical home certification, meaningful use, the Cures Act and the pandemic, it’s clear that virtually all of healthcare is now built on a digital foundation. EHRs are pervasive in the delivery system, and they are increasingly connected to all parts of care delivery.

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Monday Morning Rounds with CMS


The New Healthcare Employee


What’s the HIPAA Omnibus Rule?

By Art Gross – The HIPAA Omnibus Rule was established to identify and further outline accountability within the entities of healthcare regarding patient data. To understand the HIPAA Omnibus Rule and how it affects these entities, we need to understand who and what are the “moving parts” that make up the operation.

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CommonWell TV 2022: Data Quality & Its Role in Health Equity

According to the U.S. CDC health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” Having a complete view of an individual’s clinical data is vital to achieving this.

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June 2022 Health IT Marketing Minutes

What makes marketing in the health IT space unique? Who are the movers and shakers? What’s working, what’s trending? Where can you learn more? News from Brafton, HITMC, Aria Marketing, Clarity Quest, KNB Communications, Amendola Communications, Finn Partners, StudioNorth, & more.

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What is Privacy?

By Matt Fisher – Privacy is an important topic of discussion, consideration, deliberation, or any other word that can be used to say it is front and center. The focus on privacy has been growing as technology expands and creates more data. Privacy is so important though because there needs to be an understanding of what should happen with data.

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Health IT Business News – June 16, 2022

Business news from Informatica, Greenway Health, LeadingReach, NextGen Healthcare, Diameter Health, SeamlessMD, Pure Storage, Included Health, SomaLogic, Zavation Medical Products, LeadingReach, Healthmark Industries, IMAT Solutions, Intelerad Medical Systems, and more.

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Opening the Digital Front Door

By Aan Chauhan – Navigating the complexity of healthcare arises from the fact that care is delivered through an ecosystem of actors such as primary care providers, specialists, pharmacists, labs, and insurance providers, all of whom operate independently from one another, creating a web of obstacles to overcome in providing care.

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Health IT and Controlled Substance Prescriptions Management

By Chelsea Richwine & Christian Johnson – New ONC data show that, as of 2021, nearly all non-federal acute care hospitals were enabled to electronically prescribe controlled substances. According to the American Hospital Association IT Supplement Survey, the proportion of non-federal acute care hospitals enabled for EPCS increased from 67% in 2018 to 96% in 2021.

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Telemedicine June 2022

We are seeking out the latest developments around Telemedicine. News from eVisit, Luna, CVS Health, MyTelemedicine, Biofourmis, FAIR Health, Eagle Telemedicine, Included Health, CirrusMD, Bicycle Health, TytoCare, HHS, Boulder Care, Federation of State Medical Boards, Let’s Talk Interactive, Populus Media, Doceree, Livindi and more.

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Beyond Prior Authorization: 4 Ways to Control Specialty Drug Costs

By Matthew Hawley & Jonathan Starr PharmD – A patient receives automatic refills from a specialty pharmacy for a drug he no longer uses and ends up stockpiling $1 million worth of medication. A pharmacy miscalculates the number of units of a specialty drug prescribed for a patient, resulting in a claim that is $16,000 higher than necessary, yet the claim is paid for by insurance.

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Getting Digital Health Design Right


Health IT Hires, Appointments, and Who’s Hiring

Latest announcements made from companies and organizations on hiring include American Medical Association, Amwell, MIND 24-7, Lyniate, Solera Health, Surescripts, eVisit, Bamboo Health, CHIME, Virsys12, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caravan Health, CareMESH, & CereCore.

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FHIR-Based Transactions Improve Data Quality for Effective Healthcare Solutions

By Scott Afzal – On April 7, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with CommonWell Health Alliance to discuss the future of HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)-based transactions. It was a privilege to discuss how the Audacious Inquiry partnership with FHIR has enacted tangible change in the real world.

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IT Managed Services in Healthcare: CereCore® CIO Cohort Perspectives

By Peyman Zand – In recent years, IT managed services in the healthcare industry has seen an uptick in interest and activity given staffing shortages and heighted focus on digital transformation. What should a CIO or healthcare IT leader consider when it comes to evaluating the pros and cons of outsourcing IT services?

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The 18 PHI (Protected Health Information) Identifiers

By Art Gross – HIPAA regulations are in place to ensure that you protect and secure the patient data that as a healthcare business, you have access to and collect. The Department of Health and Human Services has identified 18 patient identifier categories as it pertains to their guidance on satisfying the safe harbor method for de-identification per §164.514(b):

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Sharing Health Data Update June 2022


No More Pins on Maps

New On Demand Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist: With guest Randy Hawkins, MD Chief Medical Officer of Carrum Health. Randy is an anesthesiologist who practiced medicine in the Navy and has a long career in digital enablement, electronic medical records, and meaningful use.

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Health IT Product News Report June 2022

Health IT product news from 19Labs, Pexip, Let’s Talk Interactive, OncoHealth, epocrates, Availity, IllumiCare, Biofourmis, ZeOmega, American Telemedicine Association, RadNet, VirtuSense Technology, GrayMatters Health, CPSI, Sphere, Perspectum and more.

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Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – May 2022


Friday at Five: Recent Studies, Surveys and Reports

Our recent roundup of surveys and reports from around the industry. This month includes ransomware, trusting medical imaging AI, cost transparency, No Surprises Act, data capacities for patient-centered care, controlled Rx management, and hospital profit margins.

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NCQA Launches Digital Quality Solutions Pilot


Health IT Business News, Financial Edition – June 9, 2022


Social Determinants of Health: How to Drive Action From Data

By Jessica Scruton BSN RN CCM-R – According to the World Health Organization, numerous studies report that SDOH play a role in 30% – 55% of health outcomes. In fact, research has indicated that social determinants may be more important to an individual’s health than their lifestyle choices.

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Diabetes Hacking for Drivers

New On Demand Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist: With guest Phil Curtis, Director at First–Thirty who is merging his knowledge and experience in the space industry together with personal experiences in healthcare to help ideas become solutions and businesses.

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Revenue Cycle and Payer News – June 8, 2022


Healthcare Is Now the Industry Most Targeted by Hackers

By Ahsan Siddiqui – Healthcare data breaches reached a record high in 2021. Indeed, healthcare now sees more cyberattacks than any other industry. Fully one-third of all cyberattacks are aimed at healthcare institutions. Why? Because healthcare is a valuable and vulnerable target.

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Health Insurance Industry Continues to Falter on Prior Authorization Reform

AMA survey shows, health insurer industry continues to show apathetic or ineffectual follow-through on mutually accepted reforms despite mounting evidence that insurer-imposed authorizations for drugs and medical services can be a hazardous and burdensome administrative obstacle to patients.

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Talent Tuesday: The Healthcare Workforce

With 18% of healthcare workers having left their jobs and another 12% being laid off, what are the solutions for healthcare as a whole? You can’t open a paper, magazine, or watch news and not hear about the crisis that has evolved. This is our Talent Tuesday Workforce edition.

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13 Areas to Improve Electronic Prior Authorization

By Alex Baker & Michael Wittie – In January 2022, ONC issued a Request for Information that sought public input on the ONC Health IT Certification Program and how it could incorporate standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria related to electronic prior authorization.

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An Early Entrepreneur in Healthcare


What’s Happening at the ONC – 6-06-22

Supporting the adoption of health IT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care, here is what is happening at the ONC, including a new webinar series that brings together key stakeholders to share lessons learned, promising practices, and challenges related to exchanging SDOH data, new blog posts on improving ePAs, information blocking & more!

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Using Predictive and Prescriptive Insights To Close Care Gaps

By Dr. John Sargent – Healthcare in the United States is often better at treating disease than preventing it. Chronic diseases are the leading causes of illness, disability, death and rising healthcare costs in the country. Lifestyle health issues like obesity, high blood pressure and blood sugar, poor diet, and smoking are linked to…

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Prevention is the Best Medicine


Just Not That Into You (Price Transparency Rule)

By David Burda – By now, we all know that hospitals’ level of compliance with the new price transparency rule would not be described as robust. It’s whatever the opposite of robust is. Feeble? Pathetic? Weak? There’s been a lot of speculation as to why even at this point, nearly 18 months after the rule went into effect.

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Social Determinants of Health in Healthcare IT Standards

By David Pyke – Social determinants of health, as defined by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

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HIPAA Compliance Audit: What to Expect

By Art Gross – “We’re being audited!” Those words strike fear and uncertainty in most of us – especially if you are in healthcare. But what actually happens in a HIPAA audit? Will a government official show up unannounced with a briefcase and ask for you to produce every bit of your business’s HIPAA documentation while sequestering your team in a conference room? Not quite.

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Operational Effectiveness in Surgical Services


Health IT Business News – June 2, 2022


What Controls Privacy?: Complex Tangle in Adolescent Care

By Matt Fisher – Caring for adolescents is already complex given all of the changes that children experience as they grow up. The complexity arises not just with the delivery of care though. Clinicians and organizations also face a number of challenges concerning access to patient records.

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Securing Healthcare’s Interoperability Ecosystem

Register Today! June 22nd at 2:00 pm ET – This webinar will bring together executives Lee Barrett and Michael Parisi from two healthcare security powerhouses – EHNAC and HITRUST – for a crucial discussion on assuring the privacy and security of all stakeholders within healthcare’s interoperability ecosystem.

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AI in Healthcare News and Updates June 2022


Information Blocking and the President’s FY23 Budget for ONC

By Steven Posnack MS MHS – While the federal government’s budget planning processes may have a certain mystique to them, some interesting tidbits are always in federal agency budgets if you know where to look. Fear not, because this blog post highlights a new legislative proposal associated with information blocking that’s been put forward by the Biden-Harris Administration for HHS.

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CommonWell Hosts Virtual Connectathon to Build Next Generation of FHIR

For the first time, CommonWell Health Alliance® hosted a connectathon with 11 of its Service Adopters to test its Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) services as it works to build the next generation of FHIR for clinical data exchange.

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Health IT Hires and Appointments


The Transformative Power of AI/ML-enabled Functional Motion Assessments

By Frank Fornari PhD – Artificial intelligence and machine learning are transforming the practice of medicine, enabling significant amounts of patient data to be converted and returned to clinicians as actionable and clinically relevant information, guiding diagnoses and treatment decisions.

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The Personalized ECG Detector


Memorial Day 2022


You Are All Individuals


Closure: Possible Breach Outcome

By Matt Fisher – Any data breach is a major disruption to the operations of a healthcare company. The disruption runs from having to re-secure systems, assess validity of data, and provide public notification of the breach, among other actions.

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NursesNOW Roundup May 2022