Health News Daily – June 23, 2017

Hospitals Pan Senate ACA Repeal Plan
HealthLeaders Media
The hospital sector offers unanimous thumbs down to the Senate’s proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

AHRQ’s Potential Move to the NIH Could Strengthen Its Work
Modern Healthcare (may require password)
Tucked within the Trump administration’s 2018 HHS budget is a proposal that could be easy to miss.

Interoperability 101: The Next Generation of Healthcare
Becker’s Health IT & CIO
The healthcare industry is swirling with health data, and healthcare has some significant strides in the past few years, right from genome sequencing and precision medicine to public policy and improvements in patient care.

Healthcare AI Poised for Explosive Growth, Big Cost Savings
Healthcare IT News
Artificial intelligence “is rewiring our modern conception of healthcare delivery,” according to a new Accenture report that shows an array of clinical AI applications are already well on their way to saving the industry $150 billion over the next 10 years.


Health News Daily – June 22, 2017

Healthcare Stocks Rally as Senate Set to Unveil Bill
As the U.S. Senate plans to unveil its bill to alter the healthcare system, stocks in the sector have been on a roll.

MACRA Changes Meet with Favorable Reaction from Medical Groups
Healthcare Finance
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed changes to the MACRA rule for 2018 this week, and medical groups have reacted mostly favorably, praising the agency for suggesting payment rule changes that would allow more flexibility for small, independent, and rural practices particularly.

CDC Updates SSI Guideline for the First Time in 18 Years
HealthLeaders Media
Answering the call of healthcare professionals, the CDC updated the guideline using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation process to condense thousands of studies into 170 high-quality trials.

Democrats Warn: Obamacare Repeal Will Hurt Rural Hospitals
Modern Healthcare (may require password)
Constraining the growth of Medicaid spending and reducing federal support for expanded coverage will disproportionately hurt rural communities, according to a new study.


Health News Daily – June 21, 2017

Top Five Differences between NFPs and For-Profit Hospitals
HealthLeaders Media
Although nonprofit and for-profit hospitals are fundamentally similar, there are significant cultural and operational differences, such as strategic approaches to scale and operational discipline.

Experts: There’s No Gray Area with Ransomware Breach Reporting
Healthcare IT News
OCR’s updated rules make it pretty clear: The burden of proof is on the healthcare provider.

Baby Boomers Switch Doctors at Rate of 35% over Past Two Years
Healthcare Finance
When paired with Morgan Stanley estimates that boomers account for two to three times more healthcare spend than that of millennials, the financial risk is high.

MACRA Proposal Would Ease EHR Burden for Docs, but Not Hospitals
Modern Healthcare (may require password)
Although the CMS today proposed giving physicians a yearlong reprieve before having to upgrade their certified electronic health record system, hospitals may still be on the hook.


Health News Daily – June 20, 2017

HHS Warns of Fresh WannaCry-Like Attacks After Microsoft, DHS Reports
Healthcare IT News
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a security alert to healthcare organizations on Thursday, warning of recently discovered Windows vulnerabilities and a new threat with WannaCry-like capabilities.

Six Ways to Quash Privileging Squabbles among Clinical Staff
HealthLeaders Media
The acrimony that can arise from disputes among physicians can leave scars on medical teams. Make a plan to avoid conflict when you can, and to resolve it when you can’t.

CMS Offers Five Ways Providers Can Get Ready for New Medicare Cards
Healthcare Finance
Most providers are aware that starting in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will start mailing new Medicare cards that use randomly-selected numbers rather than Social Security identifiers.

4 key parts of the AHCA that Republicans can’t agree on
Becker’s Hospital Review
Republican senators have softened certain parts of the AHCA to appeal to more moderate members of their party, and conservative senators and members of the House are not happy about the adjustments.


Health News Daily – June 19, 2017

Precision Medicine: Hype Today but the Promise Is Even Bigger than We Think
Healthcare IT News
Precision medicine is more hype than reality right now—but, at the same time, the incredible potential it holds for the future is even greater than all the buzz teases today.

Data Security Survey Reveals Overconfidence, Lack of Preparedness
Health Data Management
Many organizations are still overly confident about their data security programs, but in fact they are ill-prepared to defend against a significant cyber-attack.

Senate Healthcare Reform Vote Likely to Slip into July
Senate Republicans will likely miss a deadline they set to vote on health reform by the end of the month, and it’s possible final passage of a healthcare bill could be delayed beyond the month-long August recess.