Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1)EHR  audit catches snooping employee. Healthcare IT News, January 26, 2015.

Electronic health records allow faster access to patient data, and as it turns out, they make it easier to catch employees who inappropriately view patients’ confidential information.

2) Major providers, insurers plan aggressive push to new payment models. Modern Healthcare, January 28, 2015.

Several of the nation’s largest health systems and insurers are joining forces to shift business to contracts with incentives for quality and lower-cost healthcare.

3) Karmanos’ plans for outpatient lab on hold as McLaren, DMC settlement talks stall. Crain’s, January 27, 2015.

A plan to open an outpatient cancer center lab is in jeopardy due to a breakdown in settlement discussions.

4) ICD-10 deadline tries nation’s hospitals. Healthcare IT News, January 26, 2015.

Despite three delays on ICD-10, industry analysts say healthcare officials should treat October 1, 2015 as the official date.

5) HHS cracks down on providers hiring prohibited employees.
Modern Healthcare, January 28, 2015.

An increasing number of healthcare companies are being fined for hiring people on government exclusion lists.

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