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Lawmakers advocate for mandated e-prescribing as the opioid epidemic becomes a national emergency

Representatives from Massachusetts and Oklahoma are urging Congress to pass a bill that would mandate electronic prescribing for any provider participating in Medicare, arguing...

Trump declares opioid crisis is a national emergency

President Donald Trump now says the deadly opioid epidemic is indeed a national emergency. Trump said he is drafting documents to make the official...

‘Wall of Shame’ Hits New Milestone for Health Data Breaches

The federal tally that lists major health data breaches has hit a new milestone: More than 2,000 breaches affecting 500 or more individuals have...

LabCorp to expand oncology offerings with $1.2 billion Chiltern buy

Diagnostics company Laboratory Corp of America said it would buy privately owned contract research organization (CRO) Chiltern International for nearly $1.2 billion in cash...

FDA unveils precertification pilot program for digital health technology, maps out upcoming guidance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) followed through on its promise to overhaul the agency’s approach to digital health, rolling out a new precertification...

Healthcare Facility Microgrids Can Mean More Reliable, Lower-cost Energy

Growing energy use is a top concern for healthcare facilities, especially with projections that show electricity rates rising.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that...

OIG plans to investigate $15 billion in meaningful use payments

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General will review the accuracy of $14.6 billion in meaningful use payments made to...

U.S. House passes bill to lengthen time to report medical device malfunctions

The U.S. House passed a fee-reauthorization bill for the Food and Drug Administration that would triple the amount of time medical device companies have to...

Health IT Now urges FDA to consider PDMPs to stem opioid abuse

 a health IT industry group is calling on regulators to place more emphasis on prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP). Food and Drug Administration Commissioner...

Telemedicine: Coming to a Phone Near You

The healthcare industry is a simultaneous mix of groundbreaking innovation and administrative red tape. The road to implementation for new products and services is a...