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CMS Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks patient safety reduce readmissions

Patrick Conway, MD, CMO of CMS said the HIINs will engage with hospitals, patients and caregivers to institute best practices for patient safety. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:43 am May 26, 2016
Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the networks will advance systemic use of proven practices on a national scale. 

One of the bill's main features is turning back the clock - for some facilities - on a policy of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

By Susan Morse 04:31 pm May 25, 2016
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has passed the "Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act," a bill that, among other things, aims to provide financial relief to hospitals that were in the process of building off-campus outpatient centers in 2015 when reimbursement policy changed.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons. 

By Jessica Davis 03:19 pm May 25, 2016
Part of the Helping Hospitals Improve patient Care Act, the amendment also exempts ambulatory surgical centers from MIPS through 2017 and 2018.
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration cancer research

Flatiron CMO Amy Abernethy, MD, said doctors are limited to making clinical decisions based on data from small studies. A joint effort with the FDA hopes to change that for certain cancers. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:28 am May 25, 2016
The new initiative will focus on gleaning insights into the care and treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst HHS privacy and security CISO

Intermountain CIO Marc Probst said that strategy is the key to defending against cybercriminals and urged Congress to make sure HHS has a coordinated effort in place. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:02 am May 25, 2016
The chief information officer and CHIME board chair testified that it is vital for Health and Human Services to institute a coordinated plan for protecting data and systems against cyberattacks.  
Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders Donald Trump Medicare for More campaign
By Susan Morse 10:42 am May 25, 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign proposal would make uninsured Americans eligible for Medicare at age 50 or 55. Whether that will be financially advantageous is a matter of some debate. 
Veterans Affairs VA CVS Minute Clinics

In a new test program, Veterans can visit one of 14 CVS Minute Clinics in the San Francisco Bay area and receive free care for certain conditions and medications and the VA will reimburse CVS for the treatment. 

By Kaiser Health News 09:44 am May 25, 2016
Struggling with long wait times, the Veterans Affairs Health Care System is trying something new: a partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain to offer urgent care services to more than 65,000 veterans. The experiment begins today at the VA’s operations in Palo Alto, California.
interoperability ONC Precision Medicine

Advisors to ONC, which resides within Health and Human Services headquarters, suggested that ONC make accommodations for President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative within the Interoperability Roadmap. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:18 am May 24, 2016
The advisory committee said that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should accelerate the definition and standards for President Obama's PMI and Patient-Generated Health Data. 
House calls Medicare Medicaid  Independence at Home
By Kaiser Health News 10:11 am May 23, 2016
An experimental program called Independence at Home saved an average of $13,600 per patient during its first year. 
CMS Medicare Mediciaid
By Bill Siwicki 08:26 am May 23, 2016
Networks are aiding medical practices and community health centers to prepare for population health and value-based reimbursement, executive director Debra Simmons says.

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