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• According to Kaiser Health News, 56 hospitals are facing the maximum 3% penalty in fiscal 2020 under the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction program.
• The HHS unveiled its long-awaited proposal to change its anti-kickback laws on Wednesday, suggesting value-based payments and coordinated care should be protected from Stark Law enforcement.
• A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday awarded $8 billion in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and one if its subsidiaries over the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal the companies made that the plaintiff's attorneys say is linked to the abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys.
• Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute developed a research population discovery tool that can examine and validate the feasibility of clinical studies using EHR data.
• Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor's prescription after Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection.
• NextGen Healthcare acquires Topaz Information Solutions, a NextGen reseller that works with behavioral health providers and social services organizations.
• Health Catalyst announces GA of Closed-Loop Analytics to offer providers deeper clinical insights within workflows at the point of care.
• Denver-based BurstIQ closed a $5.5 million Series A funding round in partnership with capital investing firm Elsewhere Partners. BustIQ is among the many companies looking to influence healthcare with blockchain-based solutions.
• CVS Health’s MinuteClinic expands telemedicine offerings to locations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and South Carolina. The service was first launched in August 2018 and is now available in 32 states.
• Cerner CEO Brent Shafer reveals details about “Project Apollo,” new cloud-based cognitive technology platform that will leverage the company’s previously announced partnership with AWS.
• Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute developed a research population discovery tool that can examine and validate the feasibility of clinical studies using EHR data around the world.
• EHR, RCM, and practice management company AllMeds partners with HealthWatch to add chronic care management services to its EHR, RCM, and practice management solutions.
• MEDITECH announced that it is now offering its Expanse and 6.0 EHR clients access to Apple Health Records.
• The National Security Agency (NSA) has warned organizations that multiple state-sponsored threat actors have been exploiting the recently disclosed vulnerabilities affecting enterprise VPN products from Pulse Secure, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks.
• Few Americans may realize that, under current law, releasing their digital health records to an app is like being bitten by a vampire. There is nothing you can do to reverse this action, and it has the potential to infect every part of your life.
• France is planning to incorporate facial recognition technology into a mandatory digital identity for its citizens, Bloomberg. It’s part of plans to roll out an ID program, called Alicem, in November.
• A Doctor on Demand survey of 1,000 consumers finds lack of time to be the biggest barrier to scheduling annual primary care visits.
• In an effort to highlight and advance the adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substances, ONC releases new data showing that the size of a practice correlates to the number of providers who electronically prescribe.
• Roadblocks to digital health market entry include a lack of expertise and rigid business and reimbursement models that make getting to market difficult, according to a recent survey of 284 healthcare professionals.
• The ECRI Institute includes alert fatigue, cybersecurity risks, and medication errors from dosing discrepancies in EHRs on its list of top HIT hazards for 2020.
• The 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been jointly awarded to William Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza for their pioneering research into how human cells respond to changing oxygen levels.