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Expert: News of Excellus hack shows healthcare sector better at detecting breaches

When Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced Wednesday that it had uncovered a cyberattack potentially compromising 10 million member records, the news emphasized the alarming frequency with which such breaches are hitting the healthcare sector.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield hack puts 10M personal records at risk

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced that it discovered a massive data breach in early August that could put 10 million of its members personal records at risk.

Healthcare needs 'care coordination records' to better manage patient care

While electronic medical records guide physicians through patient encounters and help document their services for billing purposes, the records don't support true care coordination. Therefore, to better manage the patient's entire care experience, the healthcare industry needs to adopt "care coordination records," according to an opinion piece for  MedCity News.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield hack puts 10M records at risk

Rochester, New York-based Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has become the latest health insurer to fall victim to a cyberattack, the company announced Wednesday.

3 patient-centered medical home tips for small practices

While many practices regard becoming a patient-centered medical home  as a better way to deliver medicine, new payment models make it an appealing way to do business as well. In particular, starting in 2019, practices that certify as a PCMH will be able to reap the benefits of Medicare's new alternative payment model program by receiving a five percent pay bonus while avoiding the downside risk often associated with other value-based payment models,  Medical Economics  reported.

Emergency stroke patients benefit from EHRs with decision support

Integrating electronic health records with clinical decision support and computerized physician order entry enabled almost double the number of emergency department patients with acute ischemic stroke to receive timely clot dissolving treatment, according to a new study in the  Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Why presidential hopefuls shouldn't ignore mHealth

As the 2016 presidential race gets underway, healthcare, no doubt, is a pressing issue, with Republicans and Democrats arguing over the necessity and feasibility of the Affordable Care Act. However,...

What payers can learn from Aetna's CISO

As the role of chief information security officer continues to expand throughout the healthcare industry, insurers can take a page from Aetna's book in how to successfully implement and build this position.  

Have insurers established ICD-10 accommodation periods?

As the Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline inches closer, many insurers haven't announced whether they have implemented accommodation periods--when they will pay claims that aren't coded correctly as long as they're in the right family of codes, reports Health Data Management.

Zoom's secret to reinventing healthcare: Not trying to be all things to everyone

What if patients thought of getting healthcare, even paying insurance premiums, more like treating themselves to new jewelry than forking out cash for a necessary evil? That's one aspiration of Zoom (formerly Zoomcare), the Portland–Oregon based company planning to redesign a full array of medical and health insurance services to create an "insanely great experience" for its target customer base, according to an article from Fast Company.