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Senator Warns VA About Risks of Outdated EHRs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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AHIMA Outlines Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress
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AHIMA Outlines Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress

AHIMA’s federal affairs staff outlined AHIMA’s legislative and regulatory priorities for the 116th Congress in a webinar Wednesday, discussing what will and what will not change in light of demographic shifts in House and Senate leadership, as well as the implications of working with a divided government. The webinar also covered topics related to what is currently the third-longest government shutdown in Congressional history and its implications for HIM professionals.

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Study Finds Coding Policy Changes Give Appearance of Reduced Hospital Readmission Rates

Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which permitted the use of additional diagnosis codes, impacted hospitals’ risk adjustment scores, resulting in the appearance of lower readmission rates, according to the study authors.

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Study: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence Reidentify Wearable Device User Data

Wearable activity trackers such as FitBits, step counters, and bike ride trackers may not be doing enough to sufficiently deidentify the data they collect from users, according to researchers who analyzed large national physical activity data sets.

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AHIMA CEO Named ‘Expert to Watch’ in 2019

AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, has been chosen as one of Health Data Management’s “30 Leading HIT Experts to Watch in 2019.”

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