Absence of EHRs in Mental Health, SUD Treatment Hinders Opioid Interventions

Privacy laws designed to protect individuals with mental health or substance use disorders when HIPAA was first implemented now hinder the care and treatment of people with opioid addictions, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report.

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AHIMA Releases ICD-10 Coding Productivity White Paper

A new white paper from AHIMA examines ICD-10-CM/PCS coding productivity from three different perspectives: where it’s been, where it stands now, and how it’s expected to evolve in the near and distant future.

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Advanced 5G Wireless Networks Face Heightened Opportunities for Hackers

As the United States competes with China to build 5G wireless networks—which enable medical advances such as remote surgery and enhance mobile and telehealth applications—federal regulators are not putting the proper protections in place to prevent cyberattacks, according to a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman.

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Hospitals Post Chargemaster Prices to Meet Federal Requirements, Baffling Patients

To comply with an Affordable Care Act provision and a directive from the Trump Administration, hospitals are posting prices for procedures and services listed in their chargemaster in the name of price transparency, but the information is virtually unreadable to patients and leaves advocates and stakeholders questioning the wisdom of the requirement.

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Senator Warns VA About Risks of Outdated EHRs

A senator’s letter to newly confirmed VA Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer expresses concerns regarding the agency’s health IT modernization efforts.

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