Government & Policy

HHS measure Obamacare
By Kaiser Health News 08:04 am October 17, 2016
Maine, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas will test the technology and relevant data will be available sometime during the open-enrollment period for 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
ONC accountability transparency
By Bernie Monegain 10:42 am October 14, 2016
Final rule enables ONC to better support physicians and hospitals amid the rapid pace of innovation in the health information technology market.
CMS MACRA final rule
By Henry Powderly 09:53 am October 14, 2016
New rule brings flexibility, institutes two payment tracks, and makes 2017 a transition year. 
NIH brain neural dust
By Bernie Monegain 11:57 am October 13, 2016
New National Institutes of Health funding will go toward neural dust, autism, Alzheimer’s, stroke and brain-related conditions.
Precision Medicine Geisinger Partners

Eric Dishman, director of the PMI Cohort Program, wants to recruit a million people for precision medicine.

By Bernie Monegain 11:42 am October 13, 2016
The National Institutes invests a new $5.5 million to start recruitment and build the infrastructure.
States Medicaid expansion

Credit: US Department of Agriculture via Flickr. 

By Kaiser Health News 10:39 am October 13, 2016
U.S. States are finding the need to stretch dollars as part of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Such strategies include hiring private managed care companies, shifting long-term care services to community settings and restricting use of expensive prescription drugs. 
WHO excise population health jobs

Source: Marlith via Wikipedia. 

By Jeff Lagasse 09:41 am October 13, 2016
The World Health Organization highlighted the upsides of taxing sugary drinks or unhealthy foods and, while healthier populations are an important part, the benefits also include increased government revenue and new jobs. 
legal record EHR malpractice

Jodi Daniel, partner with Crowell & Moring and former policy director at ONC, recommended that providers include legal risks associated with EHRs in risk mitigation strategies. 

By Diana Manos 07:08 am October 13, 2016
Electronic health records platforms are leaving doctors exposed by making it hard to demonstrate what they did and why. Some providers are even settling malpractice suits and not because of guilt. Hospitals cannot ignore the issue anymore.
Drug price hikes hospitals
By Kaiser Health News 09:02 am October 12, 2016
Researchers said the price hikes driving big spending increases are inconsistent and while AHA president Rick Pollack said that any upticks because of market manipulation are just plain wrong. 
Offshoring PHI business associate
By Mike Miliard 07:21 am October 12, 2016
Hospitals and provider organizations now have to manage business associates that might share data or access to it with overseas vendors. Experts say OCR won't pursue foreign companies after a breach. That means all risk remains on HIPAA-covered entities.

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