CMS' Denise Buenning steps down; HealthSpot partners with Cleveland Clinic, makes inroads with Kaiser Permanente;

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> CMS official Denise Buenning, who said last month that the implementation delay would not be a killer for ICD-10, has stepped down from her post to take a position with nonprofit Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, an association of health plans and trade associations. Article

> HealthSpot Inc. and the Cleveland Clinic said Tuesday they will form a jointly owned company to develop more telemedicine options alongside HealthSpot's enclosed kiosks. And the San Diego division of Kaiser Permanente is testing one telehealth station for an employer on its health plan. Article

> A comprehensive health information exchange network for students in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, intended to provide a complete EHR for children connected to local hospitals, primary care providers and school district health centers, has run into privacy snags and low enrollment in the opt-in program, currently reaching only 12.5 percent of its intended 32,000 student audience. Article

Mobile Health News

> Mobile healthcare devices and apps will play a starring role in the Internet of Things, given expectations on emerging monitoring and sensor technologies that will be used to track everything from fitness achievements to surgical rehab. Article

Provider News

> A new Press Ganey report highlights the ways hospitals can identify and address sources of "avoidable suffering" and ultimately improve the patient experience. Article

Payer News

> As doctors and hospitals continue to consolidate, insurers are seeing prices soar. To counteract the effects of provider consolidation, a new analysis from the Commonwealth Fund offers several steps insurers can take to reduce rising costs. Article

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