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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island offers providers platform to harness data

In an effort to improve care quality and coordination, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island plans to arm primary care providers with the power of data.

AHIP launches initiative to improve accuracy of provider directories

A new pilot project announced by America's Health Insurance Plans aims to improve the accuracy of provider directories that have been plagued by imprecise information, leading to confusion among consumers seeking in-network care.  

ONC shares Precision Medicine's Sync for Science pilot details

The Precision Medicine Initiative's Sync 4 Science pilot program will not define new standards and specifications for interoperability, but will build on existing open community efforts, according to a new blog post from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Providers, vendors seek to make advance directives easily accessible

Digital efforts are falling short when it comes to advance directives for patients, but changes are slowly being seen in the industry when it comes to communication of this vital information.

VA to nationally scale scheduling technology systems next month

​Department of Veterans Affairs CIO LaVerne Council discussed, the agency's scheduling plight during a House Oversight & Government Reform committee hearing Wednesday, saying that in April it plans to roll out nationally two systems that have been concurrently piloted at 10 facilities--the Veteran Appointment Request App and the VistA Scheduling Enhancement.

HHS Office for Civil Rights details HIPAA application to workplace wellness programs

Guidance published this week by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights details how and when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act applies to workplace wellness programs.

Independence Blue Cross to cover telehealth visits

Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross is now offering coverage for some telemedicine consultations. 

Failure to fix Medicare fee structure could inhibit the move to value-based payment models

As Medicare continues its push to measure and reimburse healthcare services based upon value rather than volume, a failure to address the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule's rates could lead to substantial instability or outright failure, warns the authors of an article in the  New England Journal of Medicine.

Hot spots may be the sweet spot for efficient ACO cost cutting

Accountable care organizations looking for cost-cutting opportunities may find success by looking for hot spots--areas of care or types of patients who generate high expenses, according to an article in  Physicians Practice.

Aetna merges iTriage with WellMatch

Aetna has merged its health app-maker subsidiary, iTriage, with its cost transparency business, WellMatch, to form one group, according to  MobiHealthNews.