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When his EHR dictation software noted an unusual history of present illness, ER physician and former AMA president Steven J. Stack MD managed to keep his sense of humor.

The NotPetya attacks detailed in Part B News’ current cybersecurity story differ from the usual ransomware attacks in that the data was not ransomed but destroyed. We asked security experts: Are hackers moving from traditional ransomware to destructive exploits?

More small practices can quality for exclusions from the Quality Payment Program (QPP), claim hardship exceptions from electronic health record (EHR) requirements or earn automatic bonus points if the proposed QPP rule released June 20 is finalized.

Good news: A CMS source tells Part B News that the recent eClinicalWorks (ECW) settlement won't lead to blanket incentive payment takebacks or worse, as some providers had worried.

 
Providers who use eClinicalWorks and thought something was a bit off about the electronic health record's (EHR's) performance may feel vindicated by this news: The EHR vendor will pay $155 million and enter a corporate integrity agreement to settle a number of allegations, including that for several years it had lied about the platform’s capabilities so it could receive meaningful use certification.

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