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Put mHealth data security, user privacy front and center

There's no denying it's an exciting time for wearables in the healthcare environment. From those early simplistic fitness bands to today's increasingly feature rich smart watches and smart clothing--as well as impending smart ear buds and ingestible wearables--wearable tracking and monitoring devices have come a long way in a short time. They likely are one of the first Internet of Things technologies taking fast and deep root. At the same time, concern regarding collection of user data and consumer privacy is growing.

OCR asked to clarify patient right to records via Direct Messaging

Humetrix, the National Association for Trusted Exchange, the National Council for Behavioral Health and several other organizations have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights to clarify that it's OK for providers to share electronic health record data with patients via Direct Messaging.

FDA rethinks regulatory approach for next-generation sequencing

Amid President Barack Obama's planned Precision Medicine Initiative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is evaluating its regulatory approach to next-generation sequencing.

3 tips for talking to parents about vaccines

The Disneyland measles outbreak has not only added fuel to the already heated anti-vaccination debate, it's accelerated the trend of pediatricians who refuse to treat patients whose parents won't vaccinate, according to an article from the  StarTribune.

CMS to release doc payment data annually

The federal government will publicly release Medicare physician payment data every year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Value-based payment initiative raises questions about how to measure quality

Many providers and payers have taken a wait-and-see approach to the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it will shift Medicare provider payments from a fee-for-service model to a quality-based system. But some are already wonder how exactly the agency will measure "care quality" at the many healthcare facilities affected by the policy.

Briefs: King v. Burwell ruling against subsidies would be 'devastating'

Four amicus briefs released last week highlighted the potentially devastating impacts should the Supreme Court deem the federal subsidies offered on illegal in the King v Burwell case.

'Ebola czar' Klain to leave post Feb. 15

President Barack Obama's "Ebola czar" Ron Klain will return to his job as president of Case Holdings upon departing the White House but will continue to advise the administration about the deadly virus, the Washington Post reports.

Hospitals urge Supreme Court not to strike down premium subsidies

Don't touch taxpayer premium subsidies.That was the unambiguous message the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals--and by extension, thousands of acute care providers--sent to the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of an amicus brief regarding the King v. Burwell case.

CMS to shorten Meaningful Use attestation reporting period for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally agreed to give providers a reprieve, announcing that it intends to issue a new rule that would "update" the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, and shorten the attesting reporting period in 2015 from 365 days to 90 days in order to "accommodate" these changes.