Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2019

Top10-200One of the ways that HITECH Answers is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. We publish at least eleven guest posts a week now, on our three sites. In case you missed some, here are the top ten read and shared guest posts  in the month of January. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in January

From Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter look back at some of the most memorable guests from 2018, which included thought leaders in areas such as CRISPR gene editing technology, Artificial Intelligence and Voice in health care, the rise of innovative care delivery models as well as the transformation in health profession training. They also welcomed award-winning investigative journalists who exposed the dark side of the health industry in which corporations profited from defrauding the public and putting patients’ lives at risk, from the Theranos scandal to the industry-driven opioid crisis.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in January

The Single Most Important Technology for Healthcare in 2019 – and its NOT Blockchain
By Edward Yang, Chief Operating Officer, NextGate
Twitter: @NextGate

As the new year ushers in, many health IT leaders are finding themselves at a critical juncture to make 2019 a transformative time for their organizations. In response to massive consolidation, healthcare reform and competitive pressures, hospitals and health systems are undergoing dramatic change. To support their organizations, CIOs and other IT decision-makers must invest in technologies that can drive efficiencies, foster innovation and maximize impact for patients. Continue reading on…

Yes, Small Hospitals Can Have Big League Data Security
By Brian Stone, VP of Customer Success, FairWarning
Twitter: @FairWarningInc

Healthcare IT security pros face the important and difficult task of keeping patients’ sensitive data secure. This type of data is a prime target for cybercriminals, since health records contain more personal data points than, say, credit card data and cannot just be reissued if a breach occurs. Consequently, health data sells for far more on the black market than other types of stolen information. Continue reading on…

HIPAA: Open Season for Comments
By Matt Fisher, Attorney and chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

The Office for Civil Rights is now seeking comments on whether certain aspects of the HIPAA privacy and security rules should be modified. The Request for Information is purely a solicitation of comments and ideas from the public on whether or how HIPAA could be modified. That being said, the request is not without any parameters. Continue reading on…

Talking about the NIH “All of Us” Program with Dara Richardson-Heron MD
By David Harlow, JD MPH, Principal, The Harlow Group LLC
Twitter: @healthblawg

I recently spoke with Dara Richardson-Heron M.D., chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. Dara is leading efforts to engage a million volunteers or more from diverse communities across the country in building one of the largest biomedical datasets in the world, and is seeking to reach out to populations historically underrepresented in research. Everyone in the U.S. is invited to join the All of Us cohort. Researchers are invited to participate in the project as well. Continue reading on…

IPPS by the Numbers
By William A. Hyman
Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University,

On December 18th CMS presented a webinar on the Promoting Interoperability Program as applied to Inpatient Prospective Payments. Among the other content the webinar included changes from 2018 to 2019, and from 2019 to 2020. For me this produced a dazzling, and almost comical, conglomeration of rules, current changes in rules, and future changes in rules. Continue reading on…

Mastered ICD-10 Spinal Surgery Coding? Here Come The Changes
By Sharon Nichols, himagine solutions
Twitter: @himagineInc

Everyone remembers the anxiety surrounding the finalized transition to ICD-10 in 2015, and while ICD-10 Monitor notes that the volume of changes is slowing, the 2019 Spine Surgery coding changes are significant. Organizations that don’t act quickly may find themselves facing confusion at best, delays and denials at worst, and a definite impact to revenues. Continue reading on…

HC3 Collaborates with Industry to Enhance Cybersecurity Awareness and Defenses
By Janet Vogel, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, HHS
Twitter: @HHSGov

The recently-opened Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) has been buzzing with the sound of industry collaboration and coordination. HC3 will host tours, and brief stakeholder organizations to share capabilities and services. HC3 strengthens coordination and information sharing within the health care and public health sector and cultivates cybersecurity resilience by providing timely and actionable cybersecurity intelligence to health organizations. Continue reading on…

The Intersection of Addiction Treatment and Healthcare IT
By Kayla Matthews, HealthIT writer and technology enthusiast, Tech Blog
Twitter: @ProductiBytes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 46 people die per day as a result of a drug overdose from prescription opioids. In 2017, there were an estimated 72,000 deaths from drug overdoses, with fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) holding the bulk of responsibility, at nearly 30,000 overdose deaths. Continue reading on…

Using Advanced Trauma Life Support Methodology in Population Health
By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1

I am talking to Joshua Scalar, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for BioIQ where they are working to seamlessly connect people to preventative health testing by removing the friction from the system and allowing as many people as possible to access essential, cost-effective life saving preventative testing services. Continue reading on…

It’s Too Early for Proposed ACO `Pathways to Success’ Under the Medicare Shared Savings Program
By Sanjay Seth, MD, Executive Vice President, HealthEC
Twitter: @HealthEC_LLC

When it comes to the proposed “Pathways to Success” for accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, my suggestion is this: Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. That is, the MSSP is a first-step program that should be a no-risk learning session to assist ACOs adapting to population health management and the value-based contracting environment. There is no need to accelerate their risk exposure this early in the game. Continue reading on…

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