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CHIME, HL7 applaud ONC road map, JASON task force recommendations

Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as step in the right direction. 

California hospital shuts down ORs after patient infections

Orange County, California's third-largest hospital has suspended all elective surgeries after four patients developed infections following orthopedic surgery, according to the Orange County Register.

HHS official calls for tougher audits of Medicare Advantage plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should implement tighter audit standards to prevent Medicare Advantage plans from using unfair billing practices that lead to excessive reimbursements, a senior official with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services told the Center for Public Integrity.

LGBT advocates: Tie Medicare, Medicaid money to nondiscrimination policies

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling on the federal government to require that hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid money adopt policies banning discrimination against patients based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Federal advisers share comments, concerns about draft interoperability road map

In presenting an updated version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's draft interoperability road map to a joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Standards committees on Wednesday, Erica Galvez, ONC's interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, made clear that many efforts going forward will be about balance and tradeoffs.

CDC outlines new Ebola protocol with rapid response teams

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday launched a new strategy to stop the spread of Ebola to healthcare workers in the wake of news that a second clinician who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan before he died has come down with the deadly virus.

Teeth-whitening Supreme Court case could have larger effect on healthcare

A dentistry-related case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may have broader healthcare implications, according to National Public Radio.

Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act

After much initial backlash to the Affordable C are Act  (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably,  according to   a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy.

Misinformation, cost anxiety persist among privately insured

With insured patients' out-of-pocket costs on the rise, nearly one-fifth of privately insured Americans admittedly avoided seeing a doctor for an illness or injury over the past year, according to new re search  conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

If Google walks and acts like a healthcare company...

For a company whose founders claim they have no interest in healthcare, Google certainly has a lot of irons in that particular fire.