UCLA Health CEO Washington to head Duke health system

Dr. Washington, 64, will leave UCLA at the end of February and join Duke April 1, when he’ll also become the university’s chancellor for health affairs. He replaces Dr. Victor Dzau, who left the Durham, N.C.-based system in June to become president of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. At UCLA, Washington also served as dean of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences

CMIOs should know Healthcare data breaches will happen

Healthcare data breaches will happen. We’re up to almost 40 million exposed people so far, according to statistics collected by HHS.   Until today, the only protection available to these consumers has been credit monitoring. Unfortunately, these services only cover at financial transactions, with no visibility into a victim’s medical ID.  Make sure you have experts in your organization or outsource this service to protect your organization.  For more information, please contact CEG Advisory at info@cegadvisory.com


More delays with ICD-10 by at least a year

This is an older article but received the most attention in 2014.  The implementation date of the nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes would be delayed by at least a year under a House Ways and Means Committee bill aimed at providing the annual fix to the physician sustainable-growth rate formula.

The ICD-10 switch is scheduled to occur Oct. 1, 2014. But a single sentence in the proposed legislation says, “The Secretary of Health and Human Service may not, prior to Oct. 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for codes sets” and finishes by citing sections in the Social Security Act and the Code of Federal Regulations where the secretary’s authority to mandate ICD-10 are located.

The measure was greeted with relief by some who were worried the industry could not be ready for this October and frustration and ire by others upset that those who have invested in meeting this year’s deadline may now need to wait another year for others to catch up.

“It’s recognition that the industry is simply not ready for the transition,” said Robert Tennant, senior policy adviser for the Medical Group Management Association, which has, along with the American Medical Association, and other professional and industry groups, lobbied HHS for an ICD-10 delay, and for better testing by the CMS of Medicare claims processing for ICD-10 compliance.

MGMA and other groups were strongly promoting legislation to do “an overall fix of the SGR,” but as the March 31 deadline loomed before payment cuts under current law would go into effect, “the handwriting was on the wall that a deal may not be possible, so there was some focus on a short-term fixes.” That gave legislators an opportunity to add other proposals, “and one of them was ICD-10.