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March 14, 2018

Developments in artificial intelligence (AI), precision medicine, cybersecurity and patient engagement were among the highlights of this year’s conference of the Chicago-based nonprofit Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  The meeting brought together more than 40,000 health information technology professionals from 50 countries to explore the latest trends and innovations.

Read more: HIMSS 2018: News and Trends from HIT’s Big Meeting

March 7, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its order on February 22, 2018 to repeal net neutrality, a set of regulations grounded in the premise that internet service providers should treat all web traffic equally as it passes through their networks.  The order’s publication follows a vote by the FCC in December to rescind the net neutrality protections approved in 2015 under President Barack Obama.  According to the order, the net neutrality rules will officially end on April 23, 2018.

Read more: Will Net Neutrality Repeal Help or Hurt Healthcare Providers?

February 21, 2018

Drug shortages can lead to a variety of complex adjustments in medical treatment that have the potential to jeopardize patient safety and interfere with the quality of care.  And they remain a serious public health problem.  A 2016 study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that, while the number of new drug shortages has trended downward since 2011, the number of ongoing drug shortages has remained high.  The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which maintains a database, currently lists 147 drugs that are in short supply.

Read more: Drug Shortages Persist: An Update for Hospitals and Health Systems

February 14, 2018

They might seem innocuous and inconsequential in a medical group’s vast sea of paperwork and electronic data, but comparative billing reports (CBRs), administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and prepared by a data mining company called eGlobalTech (eGT), are not something to ignore.  Medical practices need to know what CBRs are and educate billing and other office staff about the importance of referring these reports to group leadership and the appropriate clinicians in a timely fashion.

Read more: What are Comparative Billing Reports and Why Should Medical Groups Care?

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