Health Data News Roundup: CMS and Better Data Analytics; ONC and FHIR; and HHS Grants to Improve Disaster Response - IMAT Solutions
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08 Oct Health Data News Roundup: CMS and Better Data Analytics; ONC and FHIR; and HHS Grants to Improve Disaster Response

Welcome to the Health Data Weekly News Roundup from IMAT Solutions. As the power of data continues to grow in the healthcare arena, today’s care organizations need to be on the forefront of all news and trends to help ensure that their data analytics efforts deliver accountable and informed care. Each week, we will provide you with the actionable news you need to meet these goals.

CMS: Better Data Analytics, Quality Measures will Modernize Medicaid
Modernizing the Medicaid program environment will require investments in data analytics and a greater reliance on meaningful quality measures, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

ONC Releases Testing Suite to Ensure Consistent FHIR Implementations
The ONC has introduced a FHIR-based testing suite aimed at HIT developers. The agency is intending the testing tools to ensure that the emerging interoperability standard is being consistently implemented.

HHS Grants to Fund Improvements to Disaster Response
HHIS is awarding grants to demonstrate the potential effectiveness and viability of building regional disaster health response systems with Nebraska Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital each receiving $3 million.

Two New York HIEs Partner to Expand Health Data Exchange Services
HealthlinkNY and HealtheConnections will team up to expand HIE use and improve health data exchange for New York providers.

Two Parallel Health Information Exchanges Under Development in CT
There are currently two state-run efforts to build health information exchanges (HIEs) underway in Connecticut.

Cigna’s Digital Diabetes Prevention Program Cuts Costs, Ups Outcomes
Cigna’s digital-first approach to the Diabetes Prevention Program has been shown to reduce spending and improve clinical outcomes for prediabetic members.

Medicare Advantage Premiums to Decrease by 6 Percent in 2019
CMS officially announced a six-percent decrease in Medicare Advantage premiums in 2019 as the result of MA enrollment, health plan options, and benefits increase.

61 Percent of Physicians Say EHR Systems Reduce Clinical Efficiency
EHR systems continue to fall short of provider expectations and detract from the joys of practicing medicine, according to a new study.

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