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By Jessica Davis 03:30 pm August 22, 2016
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has awarded $2.6 million to DiaSorin – an Italy-based biotechnology company with offices in Stillwater, Minnesota – to further develop its Zika diagnostic tool.

Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt

By Henry Powderly 02:50 pm August 22, 2016
More than a dozen medical groups including the American Medical Association, Medical Group Management Association, American College of Surgeons and others, have sent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on August 22 imploring it to quickly make the proposed 90-day reporting period a final rule.

OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels

By Mike Miliard 09:05 pm August 21, 2016
HHS initiative to re-focus on incidents affecting fewer than 500 patients.

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By Henry Powderly 04:03 pm August 19, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the grace period will end as planned and come Oct. it will end the flexibilities it granted hospitals and coders thus far.
By Jessica Davis 11:09 am August 19, 2016
Florida Department of Health officials say they believe active transmissions are still only happening within the initial one-square mile in Miami-Dade, identified on July 29.
HHS community health

The Physicians Pavillion building at Oregon Health and Science University, one of the recipients of HHS funding. 

By Bernie Monegain 09:15 am August 19, 2016
The funding, which comes from Affordable Care Act, will go toward quality improvement efforts that engage patients and improve care coordination.
Telehealth Texas Arkansas
By Jeff Lagasse 02:47 pm August 18, 2016
Officials in Arkansas are in talks to change the rule prohibiting direct-to-consumer telehealth consults. In Texas, meanwhile, the e-Health Alliance is driving legislation to mandate that licensing boards coordinate appropriate rules. 
By Jeff Lagasse 10:55 am August 18, 2016
While opponents argue that accountable care organizations have yet to produce tangible cost-savings, those in favor of the model point to better care quality among the reasons. 
Obama ACA
By Kaiser Health News 08:06 am August 18, 2016
Aetna stepped out of Affordable Care Act marketplaces and it's not the only company doing so. Humana, UnitedHealthcare and several Blues will also be selling in fewer regions when the fourth enrollment period opens this fall. 
define measure interoperability

KLAS executive vice president Taylor Davis said that measuring interoperability can get messy because the EHR market is currently immature. 

By Diana Manos 07:28 am August 18, 2016
For meaningful use and MACRA, the government uses an IEEE description of interoperability that pre-dates today’s crop of EHRs. Whether or not that will carry the healthcare industry into the future is a matter of some debate.

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