Weekender 4/20/18

Weekly News Recap The Illinois state procurement board recommends voiding University of Illinois Hospitals’ $62 million Epic contract, saying that Cerner’s bid was lower and referring the issue to the state’s Executive Ethics Commission after noting that Impact...

Morning Headlines 4/20/18

Tulare hospital’s creditors lining up in court Healthcare Conglomerate Associates – former management company of Tulare Regional Medical Center (CA) – attributes its past struggles with payroll to glitches in the Cerner system it implemented in 2016. Parent...

News 4/20/18

Top News The State of Illinois Procurement Board finds evidence of a conflict of interest in the $62 million contract awarded to Epic by University of Illinois Hospitals and Health Sciences System, prompting the board to refer the matter to the state’s ethics...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 4/19/18

  So many things are going on in the healthcare IT world that it’s impossible to keep up. I came across an article about the telehealth program at New York Presbyterian, which has been implemented in the emergency department to reduce wait times. The Express Care...

Morning Headlines 4/19/18

Warnings of $100M Overpayment Prompt Recommendation to Void Contract The State of Illinois Procurement Board finds evidence of a conflict of interest in the $62 million University of Illinois Hospitals EHR implementation contract awarded to Epic, prompting the board...

Morning Headlines 4/18/18

UNC Health Care Achieves Highest Rank Possible in Three Health IT Categories UNC Health Care (NC) announces that it has achieved HIMSS Stage 7 for inpatient, ambulatory, and analytics, of which neighboring Duke Health was the first trifecta winner. Livongo Health...

News 4/18/18

Top News UNC Health Care (NC) announces that it has achieved HIMSS Stage 7 for inpatient, ambulatory, and analytics, of which neighboring Duke Health was the first trifecta winner. The announcement includes a little dig at Duke, noting that UNC is “the only health...

Morning Headlines 4/17/18

CMS Paid Practitioners for Telehealth Services That Did Not Meet Medicare Requirements An OIG analysis finds that CMS erroneously paid out $3.7 million for telemedicine claims that did not meet Medicare requirements. Pentagon wants to spot illnesses by monitoring...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 4/16/18

  I’ve written a bit lately about burnout and how it’s impacting people in healthcare IT. A couple of years ago, I took up a hobby that was 180 degrees from my day job. I don’t fancy myself an artist, but it was a way to use my mind in a different way than I typically...

Morning Headlines 4/16/18

CHS lays off dozens of corporate employees Nashville-based hospital chain Community Health Systems lays off at least 70 corporate IT employees. Rumors suggest data center and deployment areas were hit hard. GE Healthcare IT unit carveout backed by US$850m in loans...

Monday Morning Update 4/16/18

Top News Nashville-based hospital chain Community Health Systems lays off at least 70 corporate IT employees. Anonymous rumors say the data center and deployment areas were hit hard and the company may be looking to send data center support offshore. Wayne Smith, CEO...

Weekender 4/13/18

Weekly News Recap FDA approves IDx’s AI-powered diabetic retinopathy screening system for use by PCPs. Theranos lays off most of its remaining employees, having cut its 2015 headcount of 800 down to around 20. Mayo Clinic offers voluntary severance packages to 400...

Morning Headlines 4/13/18

FDA permits marketing of artificial intelligence-based device to detect certain diabetes-related eye problems IDx receives FDA clearance to market its AI-based diabetic retinopathy diagnostic system to PCPs, giving them access to a tool that assesses patients without...

News 4/13/18

Top News IDx receives FDA clearance to market its AI-based diabetic retinopathy diagnostic system to PCPs, giving them access to a tool that assesses patients without need for physician analysis. The company received its clearance via the FDA’s Breakthrough Devices...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 4/12/18

  I read a lot of press releases and this one from CMS particularly caught my eye this week. Normally a fairly bland and non-partisan source of news for all things CMS, the media relations group has really dialed up the rhetoric on this one. I don’t disagree that the...

Morning Headlines 4/12/18

Apple’s iOS 11.3 electronic health record initiative ‘might be overhyped’ At an AMIA briefing on Capitol Hill, Geisinger Health System (PA) Chief Clinical Informatics Officer Alistair Erskine, MD points out that Apple’s Health Record app initiative is more limited...

Morning Headlines 4/11/18

Theranos Lays Off Most of Its Remaining Workforce Theranos lays off most of its remaining employees following SEC fraud charges and ahead of a likely bankruptcy filing, leaving around 20 employees. Mayo Clinic offers 400 transcriptionists buyout packages Mayo Clinic...

News 4/11/18

Top News The Coast Guard, which previously failed in its attempt to go live on Epic, will instead implement Cerner as part of the DoD’s MHS Genesis project. The DoD will revise its contract with primary contractor Leidos to incorporate the Coast Guard’s requirements....

Morning Headlines 4/10/18

After botched acquisition, Coast Guard joins Pentagon electronic health record system The Coast Guard will implement MHS Genesis, joining the DOD’s 10-year, $4.3 billion contract with Cerner. Google is teaming up with the largest doctor group for a medical data...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 4/9/18

It was a strange week in my little health IT world. I had my first prospective client call to ask about an “extension” in MIPS data submission. Although CMS extended the deadline from March 31 to April 3, my client had confused the deadline with the federal income tax...

Morning Headlines 4/9/18

Trump taps new director for office on Medicare reforms The White House hires Landmark Health CEO Adam Boehler as director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Netsmart to Acquire Change Healthcare Home Care and Hospice Solutions Netsmart will acquire...

Monday Morning Update 4/9/18

Top News Facebook acknowledges that it deployed interventional cardiologist Freddy Abnousi, MD, MBA, MSc (who was then working at Stanford) to try to convince hospitals to give the company anonymized patient information. Facebook was planning to re-identify the...