The number of data breaches involving protected health information was 10.4% lower in the first half of the year than in the last half of 2019, and the decline could be due to better cybersecurity in the health care sector, according to a report from CI Security. However, some health care organizations might be so focused on the coronavirus pandemic that they haven't noticed breaches, and the report predicts cyberattacks in the health sector are likely to surge.
The CMS says its new Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model will facilitate high-quality health care in rural communities "through new seed funding and payment structures, operational and regulatory flexibilities and technical and learning support." The program's community and accountable care tracks continue expanded coverage of telehealth and encourages the use telehealth for home health care, remote patient monitoring and care at skilled nursing facilities.
The American Medical Association and SNOMED International launched a project to demonstrate how the AMA's Current Procedural Terminology and SNOMED clinical terminology can be integrated to better align resources with patient needs, organize health care data, improve clinical analytics and reduce administrative burdens.
Around 41% of the roughly 500 acute care hospitals participating in a survey had fully optimized their EHR systems to meet the needs of elderly patients in accordance with the 4Ms framework, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The 4Ms cover individual patients' goals and preferences, medication management, mental health care and mobility.
North Dakota, Virginia, Alabama and Wyoming are launching coronavirus contact tracing apps, and Pennsylvania and Washington are likely to follow soon. Public acceptance is uncertain, and North Dakota's is the only app that works in other states.
New Jersey temporarily waived the requirement for an in-person exam before health care providers can use telehealth to prescribe controlled substances or authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The waiver also allows the use of telehealth for assessments and care management reviews for patients being treated for chronic pain.
A community health center in Syracuse, N.Y., kicked off a coronavirus prevention campaign called Don't Bring It Home that offers protective masks, hand sanitizer and educational materials to people being tested for SARS-CoV-2. A media campaign is also in the works.
Cigna and ExpressScripts had strong data and analytics programs before merging in 2018, and the company's new Global Data and Analytics organization supports multiple business units with the goal of boosting innovation and generating value. Data, advanced analytics and digital technology are key to solving problems in the health care system, improving care and making it more affordable, says Gina Papush, chief global data and analytics officer for Cigna.
The siloed nature of health information in the US has prevented states from leveraging data in EHRs that could improve the coronavirus containment effort, and an all-payer claims database would have provided the data needed for an effective national response to the pandemic, write Harvard Law School's Sara Gerke, Carmel Shachar and I. Glenn Cohen. But states are legally barred from requiring companies that self-insure to contribute data to APCDs, and employers and plan administrators fear legal liability for voluntarily sharing information, they write.
All six insurers offering health plans on Georgia's Affordable Care Act exchange signaled their intent to continue participation next year. In addition, five out of the six insurers plan to increase premiums by 10% or lower, with Kaiser Permanente lowering premiums for current customers.
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