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February 02, 2017
As congressional Republicans push ACA repeal, accountable care organizations appear safe because of bipartisan support for value-based care and reimbursement.
January 26, 2017
President Donald Trump has already begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, by signing an executive order that allows certain government officials and entities to ...
December 29, 2016
Intermountain CIO Marc Probst is well known for insisting that the government set interoperability standards for health IT so providers and vendors can freely exchange health data.
December 28, 2016
Vendors and patient advocates criticize computerized physician order entry ban following new Joint Commission and CMS clarification of secure texting rules.
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is legislation passed in 2010 that changed how uninsured Americans enroll in and receive healthcare coverage. Continue Reading
The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, commonly known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule, establishes the first national standards to protect patients' personal health information. Continue Reading
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is U.S. healthcare legislation that provides a new framework for reimbursing clinicians who successfully demonstrate value over volume. Continue Reading
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In this podcast, the HIT Squad reviews top 2016 interviews and looks ahead to 2017, with speculation of how new administration will fund government agencies that oversee health IT. Continue Reading
In 2016, the health IT world spent a lot of time addressing data blocking issues and patients' access to personal information like their health records. Learn more in this photo story. Continue Reading
The 21st Century Cures Act provides funding for precision medicine and cancer research, but current EHR systems aren't equipped with advanced analytics or genomics data capabilities. Continue Reading
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The CMS Final Rule details emergency response and business continuity regulations for healthcare. Noncompliance could result in the loss of Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Continue Reading
With the help of risk adjustment coding tech, which utilizes natural language processing and big data, UPMC Health Plan was able to capture $62.2 million in additional revenue. Continue Reading
Experts say automation needs are minimal, but verifying employee communications and tracking eligibility under ACA raise compliance, auditing issues. Continue Reading
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Although EHR use is up, more work needs to be done on interoperability. The Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) has submitted a report to Congress on the ... Continue Reading
Individuals that support the mission of President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative can now take action by accessing their health data and sending it to precision medicine researchers. ... Continue Reading
Don't expect the practice of precision medicine to enter mainstream healthcare in the next five years, at least in non-academic medical settings. Nearly 60% of respondents to a Health Catalyst ... Continue Reading