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MGMA calls for external ICD-10 testing

Medical Group Management Association President and CEO Susan Turney is "extremely concerned" that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not conduct external ICD-10 testing with external trading partners, like physician practices.

States review health database sales policies

Several states are reviewing how information from public health agencies is used when it is sold to data miners after Bloomberg research found that patients could be reidentified with just a few pieces of information.

Social media, web queries not ready as disease surveillance tools

A new study in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research  chronicles the evolution of using social media/Internet queries for disease surveillance, finding that "while their accuracy, speed, and cost compare favorably with existing surveillance systems, the primary challenge is to refine the data signal by reducing surrounding noise."

Health IT M&A highly 'active' through first half of 2013

For the first half of 2013, health information technology saw more action in mergers and acquisitions than segments like healthcare business services, consumer health and pharma IT, according to a new report from New York-based investment bank Berkery Noyes.

3 ways to improve health IT usability

All too often, usability issues can hamper the successful implementation of technology in healthcare settings. 

Why rising healthcare costs aren't necessarily bad

When considering the high cost of a new drug or technology, it's important to keep in mind the long-term value that medical innovations can bring to not only the patient, but also to the broader economy. In some cases, rising costs are not such a bad thing, Sally Pipes, president of the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute.

Salaries grow for IT leaders in medical practices

Salaries for IT leader in medical practices have grown more than 7 percent since 2011, according to a new report from the Medical Group Management Association.

Facebook effective in helping researchers recruit for clinical trials

Social networking site Facebook could be a valuable tool in recruiting patients for cardiac trials, according to researchers from the University of Alabama.

2 biggest telehealth headaches

Vendor selection and technology adoption are two of the biggest challenges for providers looking to implement telehealth at their facilities, according to Erin Denholm, CEO at Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Centura Health at Home, the post-acute care division of  15-hospital Centura Health.

Tavenner confirms controversial data hub complete

The controversial data hub that will connect state health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act with federal agencies--including the Internal Revenue Service--has been completed, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.