AliveCor announces partnership with Practice Fusion; HHS puts out call for provider audits;

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> AliveCor Inc. announced a partnership with Practice Fusion today, which will allow physician offices to import the AliveCor Heart Monitor's ECG (electrocardiogram) readings, annotated reports and expert reviews into the Practice Fusion EHR, enabling them to see a more complete picture of patients' medical history, according to an announcement from AliveCor. Announcement

> The Department of Health and Human Services is submitting a new Information Collection Request to the Office of Management and Budget to determine suitability for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA Audit Program, according to a notice in the Federal Register. The survey will gather information about respondents to enable OCR to assess the size, complexity and fitness of respondents for an audit. Notice

Medical Imaging News

> Screening mammography advocates and defenders are responding in force to the recent study published in BMJ questioning the value of mammography. Article

> Reimbursement cuts will continue to challenge the medical imaging industry in 2014 (and beyond) and will impact all imaging centers--both freestanding and hospital-based--though some will be affected more than others depending on a variety of factors, according to an article in ImagingBiz. Article

Health Payer News

> The Obama administration has imposed a 90-day limit on waiting periods for health insurance coverage in keeping with market reform protections added by the Affordable Care Act. Article

And Finally... This is no tall tale of tails. Article