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McKesson has completed its acquisition of Portico Systems, and will leverage Porticos technology to automate new reimbursement and network management strategies for health reform. Terms were not disclosed.

Proposed changes to HIPAA establish standards that would be difficult for providers to meet and should be scaled back, according to comments filed July 22 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

athenahealth, a developer of cloud-based practice management, EHR and patient communication services, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Proxsys, a Birmingham, Ala.-based provider of cloud-based care coordination services between physicians and hospitals.

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

Holly Miller, MD, MBA, chief medical officer of MedAllies and vice chair of the HIMSS board of directors, will serve on the advisory board for the Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative, an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) program designed to spur innovations in health IT.

The secretary of Veteran Affairs (VA) has launched a competition under Section 105 of the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2011 to encourage widespread use of Blue Button personal health records (PHRs) to benefit veterans who receive care from non-VA providers.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is notifying more than 2,000 patients of a potential breach of protected health information (PHI) that resulted from a vendor's failure to restore security controls following routine maintenance.

Nuance Communications has acquired Webmedx, a provider of transcription and editing services and clinical documentation technology for hospitals and clinics nationwide. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Hurley Medical Center, of Flint, Mich., has reported that a laptop computer went missing from the hospitals pulmonary unit in mid-May. The computers hard drive contained 1,938 patients birth dates, heights, weights, pulmonary test results and other medical details over a four-year period, according to a July 6 press release on the medical center's website.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a framework for state-based affordable insurance exchanges, which will enable individuals and small employers to directly compare private health insurance options on the basis of price, quality and other factors.