Medfusion sues Allscripts; CMS to collect info on public health MU readiness;

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> Patient portal provider Medfusion has sued Allscripts for breach of contract, the Triangle Business News reported. Medfusion claims that Allscripts was the cause of a backlog in integrating the patient portal into the EHR and then acquired Jardogs, a competitor of Medfusion, before their contract had expired, to Medfusion's detriment. Medfusion terminated the contract in April and claims more than $5 million is owed. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed to collect information on the readiness of public health agencies and registries to receive electronic health record data. CMS plans to create a centralized database as the "definitive information source" for determining such readiness associated with the public health Meaningful Use objectives. Comments on the proposal are due June 16. Notice (.pdf)

> A recent report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS found that Epic EHRs, reputed to be non-interoperable, can exchange data with non-Epic systems. However, it takes "significant effort" on the part of other systems and health information networks. Another KLAS report found usability and functionality varied among EHRs for long term providers.

Health Finance News

> Healthcare and insurance executives' base pay outstrips physician salaries, according to an analysis for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys. Hospital CEOs on average earn a base pay of $386,000 and hospital administrators make an average of $237,000, the analysis found.  But even though physicians are the most highly trained professionals in the healthcare industry, surgeons earn an average of $306,000 and general doctors make $185,000. Article

> The Obama administration gave the go-ahead for placing hard payment caps on certain medical procedures--a practice that could limit how much hospitals receive in reimbursement and place more strain on patients already struggling to cover out-of-pocket costs. The practice, known as "reference pricing," would allow insurers to save money by capping payments to providers.Payers would use reasonable payment levels to ensure that patients have access to providers. Article

Health Insurance News

> Some insurers' narrow networks include a mismatch among providers where in-network doctors don't have privileges at any of the in-network hospitals.  In California, for example, pediatricians often send children to urgent care clinics when they need medical attention in the evening or during weekends. But consumers who purchased an Anthem Blue Cross plan through the state's health insurance exchange don't have in-network coverage at one particular clinic. Article

> Although the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover certain preventive services--like health screenings, immunizations and contraceptive services--many insurers aren't interpreting the provision in the same way. For example, when consumers get a free colonoscopy that reveals polyps, do insurers have to pay for their removal? Since ACA regulations don't explain what's covered specifically, insurers have been answering that question differently. Article

And Finally... Mon Dieu! How embarrassing! Article

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