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CMS Funds Quality Payment Program Training

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is funding training and education about the Quality Payment Program for small healthcare practices. The training will especially help clinicians in rural and medically underserved areas and those with healthcare professional shortages. 

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Report: Discovery Rate for Data Breaches Increases

Healthcare data breaches affecting patient records declined in February, however it is taking longer for incidents to be discovered and reported and “insider-related breach incidents have doubled,” according to the monthly Breach Barometer report from Protenus. In February, it took an average of 478 days for organizations to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, compared to 174 days in January.

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CMS Projects Growth in Medicare, Health Spending

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary National Health Expenditures Data projections for 2016-2025, growth in Medicare spending is projected to average 7.1 percent. Healthcare spending by federal, state and local governments is “projected to outpace growth by private businesses, households and other private payers,” it reports.  

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