Mollie Gelburd, associate director for government affairs at MGMA, expects that Congress will continue to be urged to make additional changes to MACRA quality-measurement programs after making technical changes last year. Those changes "made for a smoother on-ramp to full MIPS participation, such as reducing the weight of the cost category, which has continuing methodological flaws that hold physicians and groups accountable for costs beyond their control," she said.
A CHIME survey found that most provider organizations included in the organization's Most Wired List are investing in revenue cycle management capabilities through health IT to expedite their value-based care transition. The largest increases in RCM capabilities adoption from 2018 to 2019 included value-based care condition tracking and real-time identification.
Amazon, Google and Apple are making significant inroads into the field of health care through health data analysis and artificial intelligence, leading to services that provide information about symptoms, medications, medical services and first aid. Tech futurist Peter Diamandis believes tech companies will eventually master using personal data to provide medical recommendations and simultaneously lower the cost of care.
Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act, set to take effect on Jan. 1, will be based on companies' level of effort toward compliance, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. Becerra plans to "make an example of" companies that make insufficient efforts to comply with the law, he said.
Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm to spot cell types on lung cancer pathology images that yielded an overall accuracy of 92.9% when used in training data sets and 90.1% in independent testing data sets, a study published in EBioMedicine found. The algorithm can help clinicians design appropriate treatment plans for each patient and predict patient response to therapies, researchers said.
About 95% of patients had electronic access to their medical records by the third year of the Meaningful Use program, but only 10% of patients actually took advantage of that access, according to a study published in Health Affairs. For-profit health systems were more likely to offer access, but their patients were less likely to use electronic access than patients at nonprofits, and researchers also note that health systems have "market power to influence vendors to improve portal design to facilitate use for patients with low health literacy, technological literacy, or both."
Hospital and health system leaders will be looking next year for a return on investments in EHR systems, data analytics, artificial intelligence and other medical technology, according to a PwC health care industry forecast. Health care providers face price and transparency pressures and can use AI and data analytics to improve efficiency and care delivery, says PwC Health Research Institute leader Ben Isgur.
RXRobots founder Tanya Beran, a professor of community health sciences at the University of Calgary, developed software that makes Softbank's NAO humanoid robots appropriate for use in helping children handle pain during medical procedures. Children ascribe human capabilities to robots, and Beran says she based the software on cognitive-behavioral strategies to coach children through pain and give them a sense of control.
Microsoft issued security updates for 36 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day vulnerability in present in Windows 7 through 10 and Windows Server 2008-2019 that has been exploited. The update did not patch the vulnerability on XP, and Microsoft will stop issuing security updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 after Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The Ryuk ransomware decrypter is broken and doesn't allow victims who have paid ransom to unlock all their files, according to a warning from Emsisoft. The decrypter shortens a file footer that shows whether a particular file has been fully or partially encrypted, "cutting off one too many bytes in the process of decrypting the file," Emsisoft says, and virtual disk or Oracle database files won't load correctly after decryption.
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