A penetration test of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's computer network conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General uncovered several vulnerabilities.
With CMS doling out billions of dollars in Meaningful Use incentive payments, it is no surprise that providers are increasingly at risk of being audited to see if they actually were entitled to the money. And the stakes of being audited are high: A provider that fails just one element of a Meaningful Use audit not only must return the entire incentive payment for that year, but also is automatically scheduled for another audit of another participating year.
So how can providers reduce the risk that they'll be subject to a Meaningful Use audit? Read our latest special report to learn more. Special Report
Strategic radiology spending: What providers must know
How do hospitals know when it is time to acquire a new piece of imaging equipment, or replace an old one?
First, they must have a comprehensive understanding of the state of their imaging equipment inventories in order to have any kind of capital acquisition or replacement program that makes strategic sense, according to Robert Maliff, director of the applied solutions group at the ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that researches the best ways to improve patient care.
In a new special report, FierceMedicalImaging examines the various factors that impact strategic spending by medical imaging providers. Read more...
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT certainly appears to be an agency in disarray.
After all, not only will ONC be without its top two officials by the end of next month--with National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo named acting assistant secretary for health at HHS last week and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider announcing he will head back to New York in November--the agency also has lost four other top officials. Since July, it has seen Joy Pritts, Lygeia Ricciardi, Judy Murphy and Doug Fridsma depart.
Justifiably, the provider community is worried about the repercussions. Read more...
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A new online tool released by the American Medical Association will help patients find locations of the healthcare workforce countrywide.
Success as a healthcare CIO boils down to having the right people on your team, Randy Davis, chief information officer and vice president of support services at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois, said in an interview at Becker's Health IT and CIO Review.
In part 1 of an exclusive interview with FierceHealthIT, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst talks about ONC's ongoing leadership trials and tribulations, as well as the Meaningful Use program.
January is only a few months away but the Cleveland Clinic is already looking to the New Year with today's release of its list of top medical innovations for 2015.
The Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community demonstrated that it's possible to bring together hospitals, physicians, public health workers and school nurses for data sharing and targeted population health initiatives, according to a paper at eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued an update on its settlement process with providers regarding disputed short-term hospital claims