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MedAllies Achieves Direct Trusted Agent Re-Accreditation from EHNAC and DirectTrust

Direct Trusted Agent accreditation ensures adherence to data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure, integrity and trusted identity requirements

Fishkill, NY – January 11, 2016 – MedAllies, announced today it has achieved full re-accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) for HISP, RA, and CA from DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated MedAllies in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like MedAllies establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud MedAllies’ commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”

“MedAllies provides Direct services and is an ONC Direct Reference Implementation vendor in the Direct Project. MedAllies focuses on interoperability and the improvement of clinical care. Direct Trusted Agent accreditations recognize excellence in health data transactions and ensure compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA/HITECH regulations, and the Direct Project. These accreditations signal to vendors and providers alike that MedAllies Direct provides the highest standard of privacy and security,” said Dr. A John Blair, CEO of MedAllies.

About MedAllies

MedAllies, founded in 2001, has extensive experience with EHR implementations and workflow redesign to improve clinical care. It provides unmatched expertise in interoperability, health information exchange and Direct services. As one of the ONC Direct Reference Implementation vendors, MedAllies has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception. MedAllies Direct Solutions™ builds on existing technology to achieve interoperability. It focuses on provider adoption and use of EHRs for clinical workflow integration beyond the walls of their organizations over the MedAllies Direct Network. Physicians use their current EHR systems, allowing information to flow across disparate EHR systems in a manner consistent with provider workflows. MedAllies Direct Solutions is a tool to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions, and support patient-centered care. For more information please go to www.medallies.com

About DirectTrust.org

DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients, and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC.

DirectTrust.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

January 13, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

MPULSE MOBILE CONTINUES GROWTH WITH $10 MILLION IN FIRST CLOSE OF SERIES A FUNDING

Critical need for proven consumer engagement strategies in healthcare drives market demand for company’s SAAS-based mobile solutions

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) – January 12, 2016

mPulse Mobile, a mobile engagement solutions provider focused on consumer health and wellness, today announced it has secured $10 million in first close of Series A funding. HLM Venture Partners led the round while pre-series A round investors OCA VenturesMerrick Ventures and Jumpstart Ventures also invested. This new funding will enable mPulse to enhance its analytics capabilities as the company builds upon its leadership position in making widespread consumer engagement in healthcare a reality.

mPulse Mobile helps many of the largest U.S.-based health plans, pharmaceutical companies and providers solve key industry challenges such as readmission reduction, elimination of gaps in care and better medication adherence through more effective patient/member engagement. This is accomplished through a mobile engagement platform that leverages insight-driven workflows to create a real-time interactive dialog with consumers across an enterprise, regardless of their medical condition. Innovations such as sentiment scoring, natural language processing and predictive analytics are utilized across various mobile channels to create successful use cases.

“HLM has a 30-year history of investing in innovative, market-leading technology for the healthcare industry,” said Yumin Choi, partner, HLM Venture Partners. “Healthcare consumers are connecting the dots between financial health and overall health, and wanting to be more active participants in their care. mPulse Mobile offers a unique combination of mobility, analytics and deep healthcare expertise that has proven to help healthcare providers and plans meet this growing demand.”

mPulse has been working with pioneers in digital health, including Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), a not-for-profit, rapidly growing Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan serving over 1.1 million members in California. IEHP partnered with mPulse to enable an ongoing mobile dialog with it’s members to improve engagement and health outcomes.

“Our sole focus on healthcare combined with extensive experience delivering mobile consumer solutions makes us the ideal partner for companies who need provider, plan, pharmaceutical and population health solutions,” said Chris Nicholson, CEO, mPulse Mobile. “This additional investment will enable us to further enhance our analytics and behavioral models as we create best practices across millions of mobile touchpoints to help our clients support a two-way dialog – not a monologue – to realize truly improved outcomes.”

About mPulse Mobile

mPulse Mobile offers healthcare organizations consumer-focused mobile engagement solutions that improve member and patient engagement and create administrative efficiencies. mPulse enables the leading health plans, providers and pharmaceutical companies to improve the health and wellbeing of consumers by making health care communications relevant to the modern lifestyle.

January 12, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

TALIX, INC. SPINS OFF AS INDEPENDENT COMPANY, SECURES $14 MILLION IN FUNDING

Funding to Fuel Development and Growth of New Healthcare Risk Adjustment Applications

SAN FRANCISCO – January 11, 2016Talix, Inc., a subsidiary of Healthline Networks, today announced it will spin off as an independent company. In conjunction with Summit Partners’ announced investment in Healthline Networks’ media business, former Healthline Networks shareholders and investors will provide $14 million in funding to Talix. This capital will be used to fund the growth of the company’s core risk adjustment product, Coding InSight, and support the development of future applications in its planned suite of patient risk management products powered by Talix’s proprietary HealthData Engine.

Dean Stephens will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer for Talix. Stephens has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, including co-founding and leading Healthline Networks. “Having secured this round of funding, Talix is well positioned to further innovate and disrupt the healthcare risk adjustment space. We are excited for this new chapter and look forward to continuing to deliver value to both our growing stable of high-profile customers and our shareholders,” said Stephens.

Talix will continue to provide information technology solutions to its traditional customers while it evolves its big patient data analytics capabilities. Continuing in executive roles with Talix will be Niraj Katwala, Murray Brozinsky, and Derek Gordon. Talix investors joining the Board of Directors include Phil Dur, representing Investor Growth Capital; Richard Harroch, VantagePoint Capital Partners; Kevin Brown, Reed Elsevier Ventures; and Mike Barber, General Electric Equity.

Talix was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Healthline Networks in January 2015. The company launched its first SaaS application, Coding InSight, in June 2015 and signed its first customer for the product in July 2015. Since then, the application has seen increasing adoption among both healthcare provider and payer organizations.

Talix will be exhibiting and presenting at the 2016 HIMSS Conference in February and the 2016 RISE Nashville Summit in March, where it will feature product demonstrations and customer success case studies.

About Talix

Talix provides patient risk management solutions to help healthcare organizations address the challenges of value-based healthcare and risk-based contracts. Its SaaS applications leverage patient data analytics to turn structured and unstructured health data into actionable insights that drive improved risk adjustment, better patient outcomes and reduced costs. For more information, please visit www.talix.com or follow @TalixHealth on Twitter.

January 11, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

NANTWORKS AND NANTHEALTH COMPLETE ACQUISITION OF NAVINET, AMERICA’S LEADING HEALTHCARE COLLABORATION NETWORK

Acquisition scales NantHealth’s cloud-based platform of services to deliver interoperability, connectivity, real-time decision support and a single sign-on operating system to over 450,000 active provider users and all-payer access to 450+ commercial and government plans nationally, covering almost 100 million lives and over 30 million monthly transactions

NaviNet Open will serve as a nationwide scalable, real-time access point and secure web-based portal for patients and providers to receive breaking news about novel clinical agents and to access active cancer clinical trials locally

Los Angeles, CA and Boston, MA – January 5, 2016— NantWorks, and its majority-owned subsidiary NantHealth, LLC, a cloud-based information technology provider combining genomic science and big data to transform healthcare, today announced that they have completed the acquisition of  NaviNet, Inc., the nation’s leading healthcare technology company of payer-provider collaboration solutions. The acquisition continues NantHealth’s vision of delivering on whole health systems integration and revolutionizing the patient-clinician experience by bringing real-time molecular and evidence-based insights to the point of care. NantVentures, the private equity arm of NantWorks participated in the financing. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of NaviNet completes our 10-year vision at NantWorks and NantHealth to integrate and coordinate our complex healthcare ecosystem from the knowledge domain, to the care delivery domain and now to the payer domain, as a single sign-on, seamless, cloud-based, secure adaptive learning system for patients, payers, and providers,” said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NantHealth. “NaviNet has a tremendous, long-term customer base of more than 40 health plans – Blue Cross Blue Shield payers, Aetna, Cigna, and many others – a nationwide network of more than 450,000 active end-users across all 50 states, and an All-Payer Access provider portal to 450+ commercial and government plans nationally built on NaviNet Open, the company’s payer-provider collaboration platform. This cloud-based system allows provider access to over 90% of covered lives in the United States and will serve as a transformative platform for the communication of cutting-edge knowledge to all.”

Since the launch of NaviNet Open in 2014, the company’s applications have expanded beyond classic administrative transactions such as insurance verification and claims management into the intimate administrative and clinical collaboration needed both in chronic disease management and newly reimbursable genetic and oncological strategies, with expanded provider access to 450+ commercial and government plans nationally. For example, the company’s Document Exchange service enables HIPAA-safe exchange of clinical information among multiple medical management, informatics, and care delivery teams. The system will serve as a nationwide, scalable real-time access point and secure web-based portal for patients and providers to receive breaking news information about novel clinical and immunotherapy agents, and to access active cancer clinical trials locally, in this age of next-generation genomic medicine.

Dr. Soon-Shiong added, “By combining NaviNet Open’s applications – eligibility and benefits from more than 450 commercial and government plans, referrals, authorizations, document exchange, claims management, and more – with NantHealth’s interoperability, decision support and connectivity platforms and with NantOmics supercomputer predictive modeling platforms, we are now poised to be the nation’s leading healthcare collaboration network by transforming the payer-provider relationship to evolve from transactions to interactions and finally to collaboration. Moreover, leveraging NaviNet’s nationwide network across more than 170,000 active provider offices and 2,000 hospital settings will allow us to reach more doctors with our genomics, decision support, and connectivity solutions to enable better care coordination at lower costs for patients. The combination of leading-edge genomic science and best-in-class applications, delivered through NantHealth, will be critical for winning the wars against cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. Our dream was to address the cognitive overload that faces clinicians today especially in the complexity of cancer, and support community oncologists as well as major academic centers. Finally, we have the infrastructure in place to make this a reality.”

“NaviNet is our most significant acquisition to date,” said Robert Watson, President of NantHealth. “The company’s large installed base of health plans and provider offices gives us the payer relationships and scale for delivering best-in-class genomics and clinical solutions directly to providers. In addition, NaviNet’s payer-provider solutions complement NantHealth’s existing NantOS clinical operating and supply chain operating system, establishing NantOS as the only integrated cloud-based population health management platform that encompasses patient, provider and payer interactions in real time. Together, we can now go to market with the industry’s most comprehensive and integrated portfolios for cancer care, population health, and wellness by deeply engaging every member of the healthcare ecosystem – payers, providers, patients, and pharma.”

“We are excited to join forces with NantHealth,” said Frank Ingari, president and chief executive officer of NaviNet. “By combining NaviNet’s scale with the power of NantHealth’s genomic and clinical information technology solutions, we will be able to jointly deliver accurate and relevant information to our network of over 170,000 provider offices. NaviNet’s fastest growing user base is the clinical team. Doctors, nurses, and care coordinators have embraced our new products such as NaviNet Open Document Exchange and All-Payer Access. NantHealth’s powerful and unique set of unique clinical solutions will accelerate this trend and put NaviNet at the heart of collaboration between clinicians in the service of the patient.”

With the acquisition of NaviNet, NantHealth adds roughly 330 new associates including an experienced management team who has previously held leadership roles at health plans, healthcare IT companies, and enterprise, cloud-based solutions providers. NantHealth also expands its worldwide presence to include new offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

About NantHealth
NantHealth, a member of the NantWorks ecosystem of companies, is a transformational healthcare IT company converging science and technology through a single integrated clinical platform, to provide actionable health information at the point of care, in the time of need, anywhere, anytime. NantHealth works to transform clinical delivery with actionable clinical intelligence at the moment of decision, enabling clinical discovery through real-time machine learning systems. The company’s technology empowers physicians, patients, payers and researchers to transcend genomics into the world of proteomics and the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system. By converging molecular science, computer science and big data technology the Nant Service Oriented Operating System (NantOS) platform empowers physicians, patients, and payers to coordinate best care, monitor outcomes and control cost in real time. This is the first operating system of its kind in healthcare that is based on supply chain principles and grid service oriented architecture and integrates the knowledge base with the delivery system and the payment system, enabling 21st century coordinated care at a lower cost. For more information please visit www.nanthealth.com and follow Dr. Soon-Shiong on Twitter @solvehealthcare.

About NantVentures
NantVentures is the private investment arm of NantWorks and California Capital.  NantVentures funds transformative ideas and technologies that enable enduring improvements in human life with a primary focus on healthcare and the life sciences, medical diagnostics, mobile technology, semi-conductors, nano-optics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, alternative energy and scientific innovations that are on the bleeding edge of biology, chemistry, and physics.  Capital investments in private and public entities range from single digit to multimillion dollar commitments.  For more information, please contact info@NantVentures.com and see www.NantVentures.com

About NaviNet
NaviNet is America’s leading Healthcare Collaboration Network (HCN). NaviNet has long-term customer relationships with the nation’s largest health plans and a nationwide network of over 450,000 clinical and administrative professionals – representing 60% of the nation’s physicians – who have access to 450+ commercial and government payers and over 90% of covered lives in the United States.  Through NaviNet Open, our payer-provider collaboration platform, and our ecosystem of partners, we help payers and providers lower costs and boost care quality, while enhancing the provider and patient experience. For more information, please visit www.NaviNet.net and follow us @NaviNet on Twitter.

January 5, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

First-ever CMS Innovation Center pilot project to test improving patients’ health by addressing their social needs

$157 million in funding will bridge clinical care with social services

The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid. Many of these social issues, such as housing instability, hunger, and interpersonal violence, affect individuals’ health, yet they may not be detected or addressed during typical health care-related visits. Over time, these unmet needs may increase the risk of developing chronic conditions and reduce an individual’s ability to manage these conditions, resulting in increased health care utilization and costs.

The five-year program, called the Accountable Health Communities Model, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center model to focus on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level. The goal of this model is that beneficiaries struggling with unmet health-related social needs are aware of the community-based services available to them and receive assistance accessing those services.

“We recognize that keeping people healthy is about more than what happens inside a doctor’s office, and that’s why, for the first time, we are testing whether screening patients for health-related social needs and connecting them to local community resources like housing and transportation to the doctor will ultimately improve their health and reduce the cost to taxpayers,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “The Accountable Health Communities model is yet another step towards building a health care system that results in healthier people and stronger communities and spends our health care dollars more wisely.”

Award recipients under this model, referred to as “bridge organizations,” will oversee the screening of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for social and behavioral issues, such as housing instability, food insecurity, utility needs, interpersonal violence, and transportation limitations, and help them connect with and/or navigate the appropriate community-based services. For example, a patient who isn’t taking his medication because he or she lacks transportation to the pharmacy would be referred to federal, state or local assistance programs. Some bridge organizations will assist beneficiaries in applying for community-based services, such as the Low Income Home Energy Program, which can provide much-needed assistance with utility bills and allow beneficiaries to maintain their medication supply rather than having to choose between maintaining their health or paying their heating bill.

“For decades, we’ve known that social needs profoundly affect health, and this model will help us understand which strategies work to help improve health and spend dollars more wisely,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer. “We will learn how health and health care improvements can be achieved through strong partnerships and linkages at the community level.”

The Affordable Care Act provides tools, such as the Accountable Health Communities Model, to move our health care system toward one that rewards doctors based on the quality, not quantity of care they give patients. Today’s announcement is part of the Administration’s broader strategy to improve the health care system by paying providers for what works, unlocking health care data, and finding new ways to coordinate and integrate care to improve quality. In January 2015, HHS announced the ambitious goal of tying 30 percent of Medicare payments to quality and value through alternative payment models by 2016 and 50 percent of payments by 2018. More than 4,600 payers, providers, employers, patients, states, consumer groups, consumers and other partners have registered to participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, which was launched to help the entire health care system reach these goals.

Model Description

Thanks to funding provided under the Affordable Care Act, the Accountable Health Communities Model will support up to 44 bridge organizations, which will deploy a common, comprehensive screening assessment for health-related social needs among all Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries accessing care at participating clinical delivery sites.

The model will test three scalable approaches to addressing health-related social needs and linking clinical and community services – community referral, community service navigation, and community service alignment. Bridge organizations will inventory local community agencies and provide referrals to those agencies as needed. They may also provide intensive community service navigation such as in-depth assessment, planning, and follow-up until needs are resolved or determined to be unresolvable for high-risk beneficiaries.

The pilot allows participants to assess community services and encourage partner alignment to ensure these services are available and responsive to the needs of beneficiaries. This continuous quality improvement approach includes organizing an advisory board and data sharing to inform a gap analysis and quality improvement plan.

To measure the effectiveness of the model on impacting total cost of health care utilization and quality of care, the primary evaluation will focus on reduction in total health care costs, emergency department visits, and impatient hospital readmissions.

Eligible applicants for the Accountable Health Communities model are community-based organizations, hospitals and health systems, institutions of higher education, local government entities, tribal organizations, and for-profit and not-for-profit local and national entities with the capacity to develop and maintain a referral network with clinical delivery sites and community service providers. Applications will be due in early 2016 and CMS anticipates announcing awards in the fall of 2016.

To view a fact sheet on the Accountable Health Communities Model or for more information on the Accountable Health Communities Model, including the Funding Opportunity Announcement, please visit: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/ahcm.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

EHNAC Releases Final 2016 Criteria Versions for 18 Accreditation Programs

FARMINGTON, Conn. – January 4, 2016 The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced today the adoption of final 2016 criteria versions for 16 enhanced accreditation programs, as well as the two new accreditation programs. Applicant candidates commencing the accreditation process in 2016 will adhere to these updated criteria versions for their accreditation and/or re-accreditation.
 
Following the standard, 60-day public comment period, EHNAC’s criteria committee has incorporated public feedback to finalize and adopt the enhanced and final criteria versions for the following accreditation programs:
  1. ACOAP – Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Program (V1.1)
  2. Cloud Enabled Accreditation Program1 (V1.0) – NEW
  3. DRAP – Data Registry Accreditation Program (V1.0) – NEW
  4. DTAAP-CA – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Certificate Authorities (V1.3)
  5. DTAAP-HISP – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Health Information Service Providers (V1.3)
  6. DTAAP-RA – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Registration Authorities (V1.3)
  7. ePAP-EHN – e-Prescribing Accreditation Program (V6.8)
  8. EPCSCP-Pharmacy – Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program – Pharmacy Vendor (V1.4)
  9. EPCSCP-Prescribing – Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program – Prescribing Vendor (V1.4)
  10. FSAP-EHN – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks (V2.8)
  11. FSAP-Lockbox – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Lockbox Services (V2.8)
  12. HIEAP – Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (V1.7)
  13. HNAP-EHN – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks [Includes Payer] (V10.8)
  14. HNAP-Medical Biller – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Medical Billers (V1.7)
  15. HNAP-TPA – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Third Party Administrators (V1.7)
  16. MSOAP – Management Service Organization Accreditation Program (V1.6)
  17. OSAP – Outsourced Services Accreditation Program2 (V1.9)
  18. PMSAP – Practice Management System Accreditation Program (V1.1)
The EHNAC criteria for each of its accreditation programs sets the foundational requirements for measuring an organization’s ability to meet federal and state healthcare reform mandates such as HIPAA, Omnibus, ARRA/HITECH, ACA and other mandates for covered entities and business associates focusing on the areas of privacy, security, confidentiality, best practices, procedures and assets.
 
Visit www.ehnac.org for more details or to review the latest EHNAC criteria and submit feedback during this comment period.
 
1The Cloud Enabled Accreditation Program is provided only as an add-on program for organizations that have applied for another program. The Cloud Service Provider (CSP) must be FedRAMP-certified, and an additional site visit day is required for reviewing the details of this program.
  
2 OSAP includes eleven different accreditation programs tailored for Call Centers; Data Centers; DRP Facilities; Health Information Exchanges, Accountable Care Organizations and Cloud Technology Service Providers; Media Storage; Network Administrators; Printing; Product Development; and Scanning.
 
About EHNAC
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, data registries, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.
 
EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
January 4, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Summit Healthcare Responds to Strong Market Demands with Cerner-Specific Version of Synchronization Tool

Summit InSync Tool Delivers Domain Compare and Data Synchronization Functionality to Cerner Community

Braintree, Mass., December 22, 2015 Summit Healthcare, a leader in healthcare integration and automation technologies, announced today that the company is offering a Cerner-specific version of Summit InSync. An industry-leading tool well known throughout the MEDITECH community, Summit InSync features a dynamic domain compare and synchronization platform which automates and streamlines a wide range of routine data management tasks, including data extraction, analysis, regression and testing.  Summit InSync’s features and functionality have been adjusted and optimized to meet the specific requirements of the Cerner platform, enabling that community to increase the efficiency of their data maintenance processes and reduce opportunities for human error.

“Many Cerner organizations are faced with volumes of data to manage across multiple domains, with a typical Cerner client maintaining on average six separate instances,” said Ted Rossi, CEO, Summit Healthcare. “Summit InSync provides a solution to data management challenges, such as maintaining corporate database standards across domain sets, by giving hospitals the ability to automate data flow.”

Advantages of Summit InSync to the Cerner market include:

  • The ability to reduce the burden of manual regression, and system and integration testing
  • Decreasing work effort, save time and reduce errors related to the migration of reference and activity data across multiple domains
  • Bridging the resource gap by automating routine tasks and freeing-up staff to concentrate on higher level projects

Summit InSync provides an easy-to-use data analysis, domain compare and synchronization application that can be applied across the hospital enterprise. For routine synchronization and intermittent projects, Summit InSync guides users through a step by step process of data extraction, analysis and automated updating of valuable data.

About Summit Healthcare

Summit Healthcare provides healthcare organizations with comprehensive solutions for data automation, integration and continuity challenges by applying extensive experience and proven technology. Since 1999 we have serviced our customers to ensure each organization achieves the full value of their investment, with the appropriate blend of leadership and support. Together, our solutions and services represent cost-effective, easy to manage platforms, which reliably integrate applications, automate workflows, and simplifies business processes across the healthcare enterprise. Visit us at www.summit-healthcare.com.

December 22, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Snapshot

Week 6: December 6 – December 12, 2015

More than 1.3 million consumers signed-up for health coverage through the HealthCare.gov platform between December 6 and December 12, the last full week before the deadline for January 1 coverage, bringing the total number of plan selections made since Open Enrollment began on November 1 to 4.17 million consumers.  Approximately 500,000 were new consumers, for a cumulative total of about 1.5 million new consumers since the beginning of Open enrollment.

“The unprecedented demand over the last several days continues to show that coverage through HealthCare.gov is something millions of Americans want and need,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “We urge those who left their names with the Marketplace to come back to Healthcare.gov or the call center and complete their application for coverage starting January 1.”

Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov, we extended the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until11:59pm PST December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans on December 14 and 15 and approximately 1 million consumers have left their contact information to hold their place in line.

Similar to last year, each week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will release weekly Open Enrollment snapshots for the HealthCare.gov platform, which is used by the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces and State Partnership Marketplaces, as well as some State-based Marketplaces. These snapshots provide point-in-time estimates of weekly plan selections, call center activity and visits to HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov. The final number of plan selections associated with enrollment activity to date could fluctuate as plan changes or cancellations occur, such as in response to life changes like starting a new job or getting married. In addition, the weekly snapshot only looks at new plan selections, active plan renewals and, starting at the end of December, auto-renewals and does not include the number of consumers who paid their premiums to effectuate their enrollment.

HHS will produce more detailed reports that look at plan selections across the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and State-based Marketplaces later in the Open Enrollment period.

Definitions and details on the data are included in the glossary.

Federal Marketplace Snapshot

Federal Marketplace Snapshot

Week 6

Dec 6 – Dec 12

Cumulative

Nov 1 – Dec 12

Plan Selections (net)

1,326,946

4,171,714

New Consumers

38 percent

36 percent

Consumers Renewing Coverage

62 percent

64 percent

Applications Submitted (Number of Consumers)

1,604,633

6,147,257

Call Center Volume

1,511,082

5,383,321

Average Call Center Wait Time

22 minutes 44 seconds

9 minutes 55 seconds

Calls with Spanish Speaking Representative

89,262

338,906

Average Wait for Spanish Speaking Rep

19 seconds

14 seconds

HealthCare.gov Users

3,601,900

13,512,506

CuidadoDeSalud.gov Users

208,935

480,269

Window Shopping HealthCare.gov Users

1,357,120

4,718,633

Window Shopping CuidadoDeSalud.gov Users

21,249

80,195

 

HealthCare.gov State-by-State Snapshot

Consumers across the country continued to explore their health insurance options by reaching out to a call center representative at 1-800-318-2596, attending enrollment events in their local communities, or visiting HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Individual plan selections for the states using the HealthCare.gov platform include:

Week 6

Cumulative

Nov 1 – Dec 12

Alabama

88,108

Alaska

9,344

Arizona

94,928

Arkansas

26,608

Delaware

11,139

Florida

834,938

Georgia

229,552

Hawaii

8,060

Illinois

154,947

Indiana

73,943

Iowa

24,442

Kansas

50,000

Louisiana

88,175

Maine

37,210

Michigan

138,765

Mississippi

33,773

Missouri

129,536

Montana

25,103

Nebraska

43,944

Nevada

43,876

New Hampshire

21,277

New Jersey

121,592

New Mexico

22,440

North Carolina

280,080

North Dakota

9,344

Ohio

97,786

Oklahoma

58,621

Oregon

74,523

Pennsylvania

212,605

South Carolina

112,745

South Dakota

13,905

Tennessee

125,777

Texas

474,616

Utah

80,887

Virginia

178,465

West Virginia

15,615

Wisconsin

112,457

Wyoming

12,588

 

Glossary

Plan Selections:  The weekly and cumulative metrics provide a preliminary total of those who have submitted an application and selected a plan. Each week’s plan selections reflect the total number of plan selections for the week and cumulatively from the beginning of Open Enrollment to the end of the reporting period, net of any cancellations from a consumer or cancellations from an insurer during that time.

Because of further automation in communication with issuers, the number of net plan selections reported this year account for issuer-initiated plan cancellations that occur before the end of Open Enrollment for reasons such as non-payment of premiums. This change will result in a larger number of cancellations being accounted for during Open Enrollment than last year. Last year, these cancellations were reflected only in reports on effectuated enrollment after the end of Open Enrollment. As a result, there may also be a smaller difference this year between plan selections at the end of Open Enrollment and subsequent effectuated enrollment, although some difference will remain because plan cancellations related to non-payment of premium will frequently occur after the end of Open Enrollment.

Plan selections will include those consumers who are automatically re-enrolled into their current plan or another plan with similar benefits, which occurs at the end of December.

To have their coverage effectuated, consumers generally need to pay their first month’s health plan premium. This release does not include totals for effectuated enrollments.

New Consumers: A consumer is considered to be a new consumer if they did not have Marketplace coverage at the start of Open Enrollment.

Renewing Consumers: A consumer is considered to be a renewing consumer if they had 2015 Marketplace coverage at the start of Open Enrollment and either actively select the same plan or a new plan for 2016 or are automatically re-enrolled into their current plan or another plan, which occurs at the end of December.

Marketplace: Generally, references to the Health Insurance Marketplace in this report refer to 38 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform. The states using the HealthCare.gov platform are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

HealthCare.gov States: The 38 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform for the 2016 benefit year, including the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, State Partnership Marketplaces and State-based Marketplaces.

Applications Submitted:  This includes a consumer who is on a completed and submitted application or who, through the automatic re-enrollment process, which occurs at the end of December, had an application submitted to a Marketplace using the HealthCare.gov platform. If determined eligible for Marketplace coverage, a new consumer still needs to pick a health plan (i.e., plan selection) and pay their premium to get covered (i.e., effectuated enrollment). Because families can submit a single application, this figure tallies the total number of people on a submitted application (rather than the total number of submitted applications).

Call Center Volume:  The total number of calls received by the Federally-facilitated Marketplace call center over the course of the week covered by the snapshot or from the start of Open Enrollment. Calls with Spanish speaking representatives are not included.

Calls with Spanish Speaking Representative:  The total number of calls received by the Federally-facilitated Marketplace call center where consumers chose to speak with a Spanish-speaking representative. These calls are not included within the Call Center Volume metric.

Average Call Center Wait Time: The average amount of time a consumer waited before reaching a customer service representative. The cumulative total averages wait time over the course of the extended time period.

HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov  Users: These user metrics total how many unique users viewed or interacted with HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov , respectively, over the course of a specific date range. For cumulative totals, a separate report is run for the entire Open Enrollment period to minimize users being counted more than once during that longer range of time and to provide a more accurate estimate of unique users. Depending on an individual’s browser settings and browsing habits, a visitor may be counted as a unique user more than once.

Window Shopping HealthCare.gov Users or CuidadoDeSalud.gov Users: These user metrics total how many unique users interacted with the window-shopping tool at HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov, respectively, over the course of a specific date range. For cumulative totals, a separate report is run for the entire Open Enrollment period to minimize users being counted more than once during that longer range of time and to provide a more accurate estimate of unique users. Depending on an individual’s browser settings and browsing habits, a visitor may be counted as a unique user more than once. Users who window-shopped are also included in the total HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov user total.

December 16, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Chiron Health Raises $2.3 Million Seed Round and Releases iPhone and iPad App

Austin, TX – December 15, 2015 – Chiron Health, Inc., a leading provider of HIPAA-compliant video visit telemedicine technology and reimbursement services, today announced that the company has raised a $2.3 million seed round and has released an iPhone and iPad app for patients.

“The telemedicine industry has been experiencing enormous growth over the last 12 months, and video visits are quickly becoming a mainstream form of healthcare delivery,” said Andrew O’Hara, Chiron Health’s Founder & CEO. “Chiron Health has now raised over $2 million of seed capital to bring a robust set of telemedicine tools to physician practices.”

Chiron Health has taken a fundamentally different approach to telemedicine than many of the well-known players in the space. The company has been focused on the technology needs of physician practices to enable telemedicine encounters with their existing patient base. This approach is in sharp contrast to the common model of on-demand telemedicine where patients must see healthcare providers with no prior relationship.

“We believe that telemedicine should be used as a tool to strengthen the physician-patient relationship,” said O’Hara. “While on-demand telemedicine is good for keeping patients out of the emergency department, the real promise of telemedicine will be realized when patients have easy access to their own healthcare providers.”

Chiron Health’s new patient mobile app is only one piece of this puzzle. The company is also integrating its telemedicine tools with an increasing number of electronic health record systems, including athenahealth, enabling physician practices to schedule and document video visits with no staff behavior change.

About Chiron Health, Inc.

Chiron Health is the only platform designed to get physician practices fully reimbursed for secure video visits. The company’s extensive knowledge of telemedicine regulation and reimbursement allows Chiron to guide practices through the complexities of telemedicine. The result? Guaranteed reimbursement. For more information, visit www.chironhealth.com

December 15, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Snapshot

Week 5: November 29 – December 5, 2015

Heading into the final days before the December 15 deadline for January 1 coverage, more than 1 million new consumers signed-up for health coverage through the HealthCare.gov platform and about 1.8 million have returned to the Marketplace to renew their coverage for 2016. As expected, consumer interest in health coverage is increasing as we approach theDecember 15 deadline with over 800,000 people selecting plans during the fifth week of Open Enrollment. In total, 2.84 million consumers have made plan selections since November 1.

“I am pleased with the strong start to this year’s Open Enrollment,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said.  “While we have more work to do, more than 1 million new consumers have signed up for affordable quality coverage through HealthCare.gov. And the average returning Marketplace consumer who has shopped and chosen a new plan will pay less in premiums after their tax credits this year than they were paying last year. Time is running out to sign up for a health plan that begins on January 1. With less than a week remaining before the December 15th deadline, we urge consumers to visit Healthcare.gov and get enrolled.”

This past week, there were more enrollments than over the same time period in the previous year – the third consecutive week that has occurred. The increase in new enrollments in this past week is particularly relevant.

Similar to last year, each week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will release weekly Open Enrollment snapshots for the HealthCare.gov platform, which is used by the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces and State Partnership Marketplaces, as well as some State-based Marketplaces. These snapshots provide point-in-time estimates of weekly plan selections, call center activity and visits to HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov. The final number of plan selections associated with enrollment activity to date could fluctuate as plan changes or cancellations occur, such as in response to life changes like starting a new job or getting married. In addition, the weekly snapshot only looks at new plan selections, active plan renewals and, starting at the end of December, auto-renewals and does not include the number of consumers who paid their premiums to effectuate their enrollment.

HHS will produce more detailed reports that look at plan selections across the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and State-based Marketplaces later in the Open Enrollment period.

Definitions and details on the data are included in the glossary.

Federal Marketplace Snapshot

Federal Marketplace Snapshot

Week 5

Nov 29 – Dec 5

Cumulative

Nov 1 – Dec 5

Plan Selections (net)

804,338

2,844,768

New Consumers

37 percent

36 percent

Consumers Renewing Coverage

63 percent

64 percent

Applications Submitted (Number of Consumers)

1,065,877

4,542,624

Call Center Volume

1,087,987

3,872,239

Average Call Center Wait Time

12 minutes 14 seconds

6 minutes 9 seconds

Calls with Spanish Speaking Representative

66,994

249,644

Average Wait for Spanish Speaking Rep

16 seconds

13 seconds

HealthCare.gov Users

2,787,997

10,823,257

CuidadoDeSalud.gov Users

94,855

263,646

Window Shopping HealthCare.gov Users

1,054,206

3,692,345

Window Shopping CuidadoDeSalud.gov Users

15,718

63,263

 

HealthCare.gov State-by-State Snapshot

Consumers across the country continued to explore their health insurance options by reaching out to a call center representative at 1-800-318-2596, attending enrollment events in their local communities, or visiting HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Individual plan selections for the states using the HealthCare.gov platform include:

Week 5

Cumulative

Nov 1 – Dec 5

Alabama

64,775

Alaska

6,068

Arizona

62,412

Arkansas

18,462

Delaware

7,730

Florida

598,279

Georgia

151,600

Hawaii

5,911

Illinois

97,551

Indiana

47,272

Iowa

16,495

Kansas

34,182

Louisiana

60,902

Maine

24,396

Michigan

89,673

Mississippi

23,224

Missouri

89,308

Montana

16,097

Nebraska

29,520

Nevada

31,173

New Hampshire

13,458

New Jersey

80,152

New Mexico

14,675

North Carolina

192,760

North Dakota

6,119

Ohio

62,181

Oklahoma

40,675

Oregon

49,825

Pennsylvania

146,975

South Carolina

78,238

South Dakota

9,456

Tennessee

88,007

Texas

317,094

Utah

53,872

Virginia

120,375

West Virginia

11,003

Wisconsin

75,938

Wyoming

8,935

 

Glossary

Plan Selections:  The weekly and cumulative metrics provide a preliminary total of those who have submitted an application and selected a plan. Each week’s plan selections reflect the total number of plan selections for the week and cumulatively from the beginning of Open Enrollment to the end of the reporting period, net of any cancellations from a consumer or cancellations from an insurer during that time.

Because of further automation in communication with issuers, the number of net plan selections reported this year account for issuer-initiated plan cancellations that occur before the end of Open Enrollment for reasons such as non-payment of premiums. This change will result in a larger number of cancellations being accounted for during Open Enrollment than last year. Last year, these cancellations were reflected only in reports on effectuated enrollment after the end of Open Enrollment. As a result, there may also be a smaller difference this year between plan selections at the end of Open Enrollment and subsequent effectuated enrollment, although some difference will remain because plan cancellations related to non-payment of premium will frequently occur after the end of Open Enrollment.

Plan selections will include those consumers who are automatically re-enrolled into their current plan or another plan with similar benefits, which occurs at the end of December.

To have their coverage effectuated, consumers generally need to pay their first month’s health plan premium. This release does not include totals for effectuated enrollments.

New Consumers: A consumer is considered to be a new consumer if they did not have Marketplace coverage at the start of Open Enrollment.

Renewing Consumers: A consumer is considered to be a renewing consumer if they had 2015 Marketplace coverage at the start of Open Enrollment and either actively select the same plan or a new plan for 2016 or are automatically re-enrolled into their current plan or another plan, which occurs at the end of December.

Marketplace: Generally, references to the Health Insurance Marketplace in this report refer to 38 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform. The states using the HealthCare.gov platform are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

HealthCare.gov States: The 38 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform for the 2016 benefit year, including the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, State Partnership Marketplaces and State-based Marketplaces.

Applications Submitted:  This includes a consumer who is on a completed and submitted application or who, through the automatic re-enrollment process, which occurs at the end of December, had an application submitted to a Marketplace using the HealthCare.gov platform. If determined eligible for Marketplace coverage, a new consumer still needs to pick a health plan (i.e., plan selection) and pay their premium to get covered (i.e., effectuated enrollment). Because families can submit a single application, this figure tallies the total number of people on a submitted application (rather than the total number of submitted applications).

Call Center Volume:  The total number of calls received by the Federally-facilitated Marketplace call center over the course of the week covered by the snapshot or from the start of Open Enrollment. Calls with Spanish speaking representatives are not included.

Calls with Spanish Speaking Representative:  The total number of calls received by the Federally-facilitated Marketplace call center where consumers chose to speak with a Spanish-speaking representative. These calls are not included within the Call Center Volume metric.

Average Call Center Wait Time: The average amount of time a consumer waited before reaching a customer service representative. The cumulative total averages wait time over the course of the extended time period.

HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov  Users: These user metrics total how many unique users viewed or interacted with HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov , respectively, over the course of a specific date range. For cumulative totals, a separate report is run for the entire Open Enrollment period to minimize users being counted more than once during that longer range of time and to provide a more accurate estimate of unique users. Depending on an individual’s browser settings and browsing habits, a visitor may be counted as a unique user more than once.

Window Shopping HealthCare.gov Users or CuidadoDeSalud.gov Users: These user metrics total how many unique users interacted with the window-shopping tool at HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov, respectively, over the course of a specific date range. For cumulative totals, a separate report is run for the entire Open Enrollment period to minimize users being counted more than once during that longer range of time and to provide a more accurate estimate of unique users. Depending on an individual’s browser settings and browsing habits, a visitor may be counted as a unique user more than once. Users who window-shopped are also included in the total HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov user total.

December 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.