ShulkinCliniComp sues to stop VA-Cerner contract

CliniComp, an EHR vendor that supplies software to the VA and Defense Department, says it might have been considered for the contract had the VA conducted open and competitive bidding.  READ MORE

Healthcare organizations ask CMS to harmonize EHR requirements

In comments on a proposed MACRA rule, healthcare organizations said they were happy that the CMS eased EHR requirements for the 2018 performance year, but they still want greater flexibility in which EHRs they could use.  READ MORE

Training staff to help gather data on patients’ race, ethnicity and language

It can be uncomfortable for staff members at hospitals to ask patients for personal information such as race and ethnicity. But experts say the data can help providers better address disparities in healthcare access and quality of care.  READ MORE

DiSanzo ranks highest among Supplier/Vendor category in 2017’s 100 Most Influential in Healthcare

Deborah DiSanzo, general manager at IBM Watson Health, leads the Supplier/Vendor category in our 2017 ranking of the 100 Most Influential in Healthcare. DiSanzo tackles a variety of healthcare areas, including population health, value-based care, cancer, imaging and life sciences.  READ MORE

Hospital panel supports CMS plan to cut payments for some cardiac devices

A panel that advises HHS on outpatient hospital payments supports a decision by the CMS to drop payments for drug-coated balloons as of Dec. 31 READ MORE

Influential advisory panel asks CMS to reject $1.65 billion in cuts to 340B

A panel that advises HHS on outpatient hospital payments wants the CMS to drop a draft rule that could cut up to $1.65 billion out of the 340B discount drug program.  READ MORE

Montefiore looks to engage West African community in hep-B prevention campaign

An estimated 10% to 15% of the Bronx’s 120,000 residents from West Africa may be infected with hepatitis B. Montefiore has launched a community outreach campaign to inform the community about health risks, screening and treatment.  READ MORE

VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency’s existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans’ homes, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin says that will change soon.  READ MORE

A Facebook Live discussion: How 2017’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare were chosen

Modern Healthcare hosted a Facebook Live discussion Wednesday with editor Aurora Aguilar and senior reporter Harris Meyer on how this year’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare ranking was chosen. Watch a replay of the session.  READ MORE

News from other sources

GlaxoSmithKline turns to Alibaba to hawk its HPV vaccine, a chatbot named Woebot could make you happier, and certain chord changes in songs spell popularity.  READ MORE

This week’s poll: How much are you using healthcare management consulting firms in 2017 compared with 2016?

Share your opinion in the latest edition of our bi-weekly reader poll. How much are you using healthcare management consulting firms in 2017 compared with 2016?  READ MORE