The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year training and education program on the Quality Payment Program. CMS intends to invest an additional $80 million over the last four years of the program.

Online patient portals and access to digital health records have driven a significant increase in patient engagement, a new study by CDW Healthcare shows.






The American Telemedicine Association released two new reports looking at telemedicine coverage, reimbursement, and physician standards across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The reports identified gaps in coverage and reimbursement by comparing telemedicine adoption across all states, and looked at physician practice standards and licensure by reviewing state laws and medical board standards.






In Denver, neighborhoods that are two miles apart can have a difference of 10 years in life span. Contributing factors are higher rates of depression, childhood obesity, and tobacco use in certain areas of the city.






The University of Mississippi Medical Center in early 2016 became the first organization in the United States to establish a link between an electronic health record and Medicaid. As of early 2017, the program securely exchanged more than 1 million health records.






The California Integrated Data Exchange and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange announced a merger that will create California’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit health information exchanges.






IBM signed a research initiative with the Food and Drug Administration to research whether blockchain technology can be used to securely record and share medical data.






HIMSS announced the winners of the first National Health IT Week Student Advocacy Challenge.






The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA).






The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Dec. 13 hosted a live demonstration of patient applications that import data from health IT vendors. These apps give patients access to a consolidated list of their medications from a variety of sources.






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