Electronic Health Records

Affordable Care Act

Healthcare spending to continue slowdown in 2014, says PwC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The increased use of alternative care settings with lower costs and emphasis on reducing readmissions should have a positive effect on managing the rise of medical costs next year although industry consolidation could mitigate these gains,...

ONC, NORC to investigate patient-centered research structure

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has tapped the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago to develop methods for building a comprehensive interoperable and sustainable data infrastructure for...

Tavenner receives bipartisan praise during Senate hearing

by Jennifer Bresnick

Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and President Obama’s nominee to run the agency permanently, had a rare experience on April 9 during her Senate Finance Committee hearing:...

Sebelius: Care coordination can easily turn into a monopoly

by Jennifer Bresnick

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warned providers on Monday that coordination of care and consolidation of services can easily cross the line to a monopoly on healthcare, driving up prices and...

Healthcare industry reactions to Obama’s victory in the presidential election

by Jennifer Bresnick

President Obama’s reelection sparked debated on the future of the Affordable Care Act – known as Obamacare – among analysts and healthcare industry professionals.  While many people vocally disagree with the law,...

Bloated healthcare costs raise EHR concerns

by Patrick Ouellette

By all accounts, money is being made in the healthcare industry off of EHR adoption. But who’s really saving cash and benefiting from these systems? There has been plenty of talk about Medicare and Medicaid fraud over the past few days,...

Meaningful use fraud: HHS, DoJ issue warning

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Falsely demonstrating meaningful use would not only defeat the purpose of using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve the care of American patients but also warrant investigations by federal law enforcement, according to the Attorney...

HHS Annual Rate Review Report shows patient savings

by Patrick Ouellette

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report today that, despite heavy scrutiny, the Affordable Care Act has saved consumers an estimated $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums. Additionally, it looks like the...

Affordable Care and HITECH Acts are not as separate as some think

by [email protected]

All throughout the Supreme Court hearings over the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law and even during the deliberation of the justices, commentators said regardless of the decision handed down, the government’s health IT...

Healthcare IT in an age of reform

by [email protected]

Lawmakers in Massachusetts this week passed a sweeping bill that would completely reshape the state’s healthcare system with the goal of containing costs. Legislators in California are putting together a bill that would alter the...

What will the Supreme Court’s ruling mean for your EHR initiative?

by [email protected]

Listening to news coverage of the Supreme Court’s health reform hearings, you would think the justices were getting ready to overturn the Affordable Care Act tomorrow. Of course, no one can really predict the way the court will rule, but...

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