A change to Medicaid regulations will allow state fraud control units use federal funding to analyze Medicaid claims data for fraud prevention and tracking, with states given some autonomy in going beyond Medicaid data sets.
This week in Government Health IT: Reports expose state and local governments as ill-prepared, whether that be for Big Data or cyber-attacks. Also, think tanks talk patient-centered care for cost-savings.
A report examining the well-known Utah Department of Health data breach found an increasing correlation between people whose data has been breached and victims of fraud -- which is where financial institutions might be able to play a more proactive role.
While the design of the state's single payer plan may not be unveiled by the Governor for a few years, Vermont Health Connect officials see the exchange's IT and consumer assistance program as "a road, not a detour," to single payer and universal coverage.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has named Republican guru, life sciences consultant and telemedicine advocate Michael Wolf to lead the state health department, with long-term nursing care regulation likely to be one large area of focus.
A project linking patients, caregivers and Alzheimer's research centers won the Department's third annual innovation award, as Secretary Sibelius and a Google HR guru talked about the need for collaboration in such a large organization.
John Wiesman, a current country public health director, will take over as the DOH director, bringing an approach to public health that focuses on access to primary and behavioral health and encourages pedestrian-centric regional planning.
A new report found that fewer patient records were compromised, but breaches spiked upward and the firm cautioned against complacency, saying that last year's attack on the Utah health department might be "the canary in the coal mine."
As New York lawmakers start sorting out next year's budget, the state Department of Health has outlined its proposal for meeting the state's Medicaid spending cap. With a new web-based Medicaid information system, the agency is focusing on incentivizing better primary-care and streamlining administration.
The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of state Medicaid programs shows progress on interoperability and states mostly preparing to comply with the ACA's IT requirements, even if some are rejecting Medicaid expansion.
Evolent Health on exporting UPMC's population health model, helping launch hospital health plans and accountable care contracts. And how Virginia is making government IT adaptable and government services more consumer friendly.
As part of Virginia's government modernization initiative, state agencies are trying to improve security with interoperable databases, while offering online applications for Medicaid, drivers license renewals and other services.