DHA awards EHR support contract to Leidos; CrowdMed website uses crowdsourcing to help with patient diagnoses;

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> The Defense Health Agency last week awarded a $70.7 million bridge contract to Leidos for the company to support for the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application electronic health record, as well as the Composite Health Care System, Nextgov reported. DHA is expected to award a longer-term contract later this year. Article

> San Francisco-based CrowdMed recently launched a website that looks to use crowdsourcing to help people diagnose their medical conditions, according to the San Jose Mercury News. CEO Jared Heyman told the paper that, to date, the CrowdMed site has featured 220 cases and boasts an 80 percent success rate for determining a correct diagnosis. Still, a spokeswoman with the California Medical Association was skeptical of the site, saying that CMA believes that trained physicians are in a better position to diagnose patients. Article

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> The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a preliminary investigation into Oregon's state-based exchange to determine why Cover Oregon failed to function, preventing it from signing up any consumers online. Post

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> One provision tucked into Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule would push hospitals further down the road toward price transparency. The provision tries to comport with a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires hospitals to post their overall and DRG-related prices for public consumption. Article

> A proposed rule from CMS issued late last week would increase hospice payments by a total of $230 million, or 1.3 percent, in fiscal 2015. The rule also calls for hospices to improve their quality reporting, which the agency estimates will cost the sector about $8.8 million to implement. Article

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