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Ex-OCR adviser offers HIPAA auditing tips

Attorney David Holtzman, former senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights, expects OCR will begin its HIPAA audit program in April, and says it's important for providers to be prepared from all angles.

St. Luke's fights antitrust ruling that would dissolve physician practice acquisition

St. Luke's hospital and Idaho's largest independent physicians' practice filed a motion this week to suspend  a federal judge's order to dissolve its partnership  while it appealed a ruling that their joint venture violated federal antitrust laws.

In the wake of MU fraud, we all need CMS' answers to legislator questions

It's not surprising that less than a month after the first indictment of a former hospital executive for false attestation to Meaningful Use that a House Committee has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servces and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General to justify how well they're policing the payments to providers.

Physicians in Congress can shape healthcare policy

As healthcare becomes even more important in American politics, the number of doctors in Congress is on the rise, which could play a huge role in shaping the country's healthcare future, according to a  Health Affairs  blog post.

Proposed HHS budget would increase ONC funding

While the $75 million allocated for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in President Obama's proposed FY 2015 budget for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, unveiled Tuesday, is $3 million less than what was proposed a year ago, it represent a $15 million increase over funding actually approved for the agency for FY 2014.

FCC task force will better intersect technology, health

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced Tuesday the launch of a new Connect2Health Task Force, which aims to use the agency's expertise to better intersect broadband connectivity, advanced technology and health.

Obama's 2015 budget would block illegal immigrants from Medicare

President Obama's 2015 budget, which was released Tuesday, contains steps that will prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining Medicare coverage, including explicitly requiring proof of citizenship as a condition of receiving Medicare coverage.

CDC: Focus more on 'problem prescribers'

"Problem prescribers" play a more significant factor in the prescription drug abuse epidemic than previously thought, according to a study published in  JAMA Internal Medicine, which identified physicians as the top source of narcotic painkillers for chronic abusers.

House committee wants answers from CMS, OIG on MU payments

The indictment of a former hospital chief financial officer for false Meaningful Use attestation has prompted a Congressional committee to probe deeper into how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services screens providers before doling out incentive dollars.

Analytics 'critical' to Steward's accountable care efforts

When Steward Health Care System first embarked on its journey as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in January 2012, the process was akin to building a plane and flying it at the same time, according to Dominique Morgan-Solomon, vice president of population health for the Boston-based provider. To that end, analytics were vital to her work.