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June 8, 2013  7:53 PM

CMS releases big data on spending

Posted by: RedaChouffani
CMS, data, Datapalooza

This June, many in healthcare informatics watched Health Datapalooza IV closely. It was packed with valuable presentations showcasing uses and innovations around data.  For most, the data available through healthcare holds potential to

March 11, 2013  8:55 PM

HHS looking to encourage HIE adoption

Posted by: RedaChouffani
blue button, CMS, ePHI, HIE, ONC, PHI

On March 6, 2013, HHS released a notice and request for information around the need for policy changes to help electronic health information exchange outside of the current incentive programs that require interoperability and exchange.

February 4, 2013  10:29 PM

CMS to require full disclosure of physician and vendor financial dealings

Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACA, cmp, CMS, sunshine rule

A new CMS update will force some vendors and physicians to reveal their financial relationship with full disclosure, beginning Aug. 13, 2013. The ruling is part of the Affordable Care Act “

January 14, 2013  9:34 PM

New ACOs announced by HHS

Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACO, advanced funding, advanced payement model, CMS

Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) continues to see a steady interest and participation in the available Accountable Care Organization (ACO) incentive program. There have been 106 new ACOs have been formed, in addition to the more than 250 current ACOs, according to

January 7, 2013  8:50 PM

CMS delays enforcement rules for HIPAA covered entities

Posted by: RedaChouffani
Affordable Care Act, CMS, HIPAA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced a delay to their enforcement of compliance with the operating rules...

January 1, 2013  10:43 AM

ACO models will draw attention in 2013

Posted by: RedaChouffani

Several organizations have taken steps in response to the increased interest in ACOs and the new payment models encouraged by HHS. Independent physicians have been evaluating their options to either join a hospital sponsored ACO or an alternative option. This decision will be a significant...

August 6, 2012  9:35 PM


Posted by: RedaChouffani

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that updates fiscal year (FY) 2013.  Under this rule the payment rates for acute care hospitals will be increased by 2.8 percent in 2013. "Hospitals are at the forefront of our strategy to both save money and...

June 25, 2012  9:02 PM

8 significant aspects of telemedicine

Posted by: RedaChouffani
CMS, healthcare IT trends, telehealth, telemedicine

June 10, 2012  9:38 PM

New Comprehensive Primary Care initiative from CMS to help pay for coordination of care

Posted by: RedaChouffani
Care coordination, CMS, Marilyn Tavenner

CMS announced in a news release on June the 6th, 2012 a new Primary Care initiative that will provide primary care practices a care management fee set at $20 dollars per beneficiary per month.   The proposed fee is designed to support enhanced and

April 29, 2012  9:31 PM

Medicare Proposed Payment Rule FY 2013

Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACA, Affordable Care Act, CMS, FY 2013, IPPS, LTCH, payment rule

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