Julie Bird

Articles by Julie Bird

CMS tackles fraudulent Medicare providers and suppliers; more upgrades in the works

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been highly successful at tackling the latest in Medicare fraud over the last four years. According to congressional testimony, the department has saved approximately $3.4 billion by deactivating billing privileges for almost 600,000 providers.

Lawmakers react as Covered California plans data-mining of patient information

California's state health insurance exchange plans to mine data from the 1.4 million Californians insured under Obamacare for information collected by insurers on diagnoses, prescriptions and other treatments.

NCCoE guide tells providers how to secure EHRs on mobile devices

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has released its first draft of a step-by-step, how-to guide mapping out how healthcare providers can make mobile devices more secure and protect sensitive patient information.

Poor usability of health IT applications hinders patient reporting, clinician workflow

Hard to use health information technology applications often hindered workflow and increased doctors' workloads in a study recently released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

AHRQ projects to tie patient-centered outcomes research to clinical decision support

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will use a mix of grants and contracts to fund projects that will lead to the sharing of patient-centered outcomes research, or PCOR, results using clinical decision support, or CDS, applications.

HHS IDEA Lab seeks analytical minds for major health IT projects

The Department of Health and Human Services is looking for people with expertise in big data for three health IT projects through its HHS IDEAS Lab Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program.

Health IT's impact on care coordination: Some good, some bad

A study of interactions between health IT and the workflow of patient care coordinators showed mixed results, varying in different clinical settings, by role and by how familiar participants were with various health IT tools.

21st Century Cures Act passes House vote, heads to Senate

The 21st Century Cures Act, which includes provisions for the interoperability and certification of health information technology, is headed to the Senate after passing the House on a 344-77 vote.

DHA awards contract for military anatomic pathology lab information system

The Defense Health Agency recently awarded a contract to replace the information system for the Military Health System's anatomic pathology labs at Army, Navy and Air Force facilities around the world.

CHIME calls for dropping federal prohibition against unique patient identifiers

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, or CHIME, has made recommendations to Congress that the industry group says can improve health information exchange, electronic health records and other health IT technical challenges.