The arduous process of responding to Medicare audits will soon be easier for healthcare providers nationwide, thanks to a partnership between ApeniMED and Quest Diagnostics' DGX -0.14% ChartMaxx(R) Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution. ApeniMED, a leader in healthcare interoperability and the new federal standards for healthcare connectivity, NwHIN (Nationwide Health Information Network), has developed a software solution to respond electronically to audit requests. The solution, eAudit from ApeniMED, will be integrated into the ChartMaxx platform to provide staff with 24/7 concurrent access to complete patient medical records for streamlined submission of Medicare audit responses.
Health Dialog announced that it will support the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) in delivering a program designed to meet the Triple Aim using an innovative Shared Decision Making approach. The Shared Decision Making program is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, funded through a $26 million Innovation award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to HVHC. The project is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1C1-12-0001 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The HVHC award was the second highest to be made across the 107 recipients selected from more than 3,000 applicants.
Breathe Technologies, Inc. received official approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs for its Non-Invasive Open Ventilation (NIOV™) System to be added to the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS). The NIOV System has important benefits for patients with later stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is fairly common among the veteran population. Breathe has partnered with Jordan Reses Supply Company, a specialty respiratory distributor into the VA, to lead commercialization efforts. "Breathe is excited to partner with Jordan Reses to provide a life changing therapy for veterans with various forms of respiratory insufficiency," says Larry Mastrovich, President & CEO.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) and Healthbox, a company that supports early-stage health care innovation and entrepreneurship, announced today they are leading a partnership to accelerate the businesses of ten Massachusetts-based health care companies. The promising companies are addressing issues of strategic importance in health care, including patient engagement, provider effectiveness and wellness.
American soldiers returning from service abroad and other veterans who suffer from debilitating tinnitus now have access to advanced treatment covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Starting Aug. 15th, the VA will begin providing SoundCure™ Serenade® customized sound therapy for veterans suffering from tinnitus, or "ringing in the ears."
GlobalNet Services, Inc., (GNSI) has received an award as a prime contractor on the Chief Information Officer Special Programs 3 (CIO-SP3) Small Business vehicle. CIO-SP3 Small Business is a government-wide acquisition contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that can be used by federal civilian or Department of Defense agencies to fulfill a broad range of mission critical IT requirements. CIO-SP3 prime contractors went through a rigorous source selection process prior to award, which included dimensions such as technical capabilities, past performance, price and cost. The contract is valued at $20.0 Billion over a ten-year period.
The John A. Hartford Foundation has received a multi-year, multi-million dollar Social Innovation Fund (SIF) award for a program to improve depression care in medically underserved rural communities in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The SIF, which is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), awarded the Foundation a two-year, $2 million grant.
As of September 30th, 2010 there were 22.7 million U.S. veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this past March revealed an unemployment rate of 12.1% in 2011 for the "post-9/11" veterans, which is significantly higher than the overall U.S. unemployment rate of 8.3%. With the unemployment rate of veterans still on the rise, getting an accurate disability rating is increasingly important since it has a direct impact on the amount of monthly compensation the veteran receives.
Medsphere Systems Corporation, a leading provider of open source electronic health record (EHR) solutions and services derived from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) VistA EHR, today announced that the company is expanding its federal business. Medsphere will serve as a subcontractor to TISTA Science and Technology Corporation related to a $20 billion contract for information technology services focused on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies.
Among CIOs working to support health information exchange, most of their time is not spent on technology. Rather, it is getting all the historically adversarial parties to participate that consumes the most time.
Humana Inc. announces its partnership with AMVETS (American Veterans), a leading national veterans service organization that assists veterans and their families through multiple programs and initiatives.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, recently submitted detailed comments on the Request for Information (RFI) on Governance of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). The RFI was published on May 15, 2012 in the Federal Register by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology.
Medsphere Systems Corporation and Cooper Green Mercy Hospital has announced that Cooper Green has received a reimbursement of $2.1 million from Alabama State Medicaid for meeting electronic health record (EHR) adoption, implementation and upgrade (AIU) requirements. This initial disbursement of funds enables Cooper Green, owned by Jefferson County, to improve patient care while covering much of the five-year cost of Medsphere’s OpenVista EHR.
Robert Rowley, former CMIO of Practice Fusion, analyzes meaningful use data and finds the sheer number of EHR vendors unsustainable. That's one among the reasons the market is ripe for mergers and acquisitions activity.
Health Information Partnership for Tennessee (HIP TN), an organization created three years ago by providers, payers, consumers and other stakeholders to assist Tennessee in creating a statewide health information exchange (HIE), is planning to wind down operations.
LiveData, Inc. has announced that it is achieving significant progress on development work in association with a $500,000 contract awarded by the U.S. Army Small Business Administration (SBA) Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP). The contract is for work in accelerating the transition of LiveData's latest data integration and display technologies from development to implementation and commercial deployment in military hospitals.