Government & Policy

DoD Cerner EHR delay

DoD Program Executive Officer Stacy Cummings said the new plan was necessary to provide the best possible solution for users. 

By Bernie Monegain 07:20 am October 12, 2016
The Defense Department also said its massive modernization project will now rollout at one military site in the Pacific Northwest instead of the original two it had planned to use as pilot sites. 

Democratic Presidential Hillary Clinton is known as a master preparer, someone with a plan for every contingency. Among them is a plan for women's issues from a woman who says she's happy to play the women's card. Photo source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Bernie Monegain 02:36 pm October 11, 2016
Wonder where Hillary Clinton, who could be the first woman to be elected U.S. president, stands on women’s issue. No need to wonder. Clinton, a known policy wonk, has a position paper for that.
By Bernie Monegain 11:53 am October 10, 2016
It wasn't the question most viewers had tuned in to hear discussed, but one audience member at the second presidential debate in St. Louis did ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump about the Affordable Care Act – offering a more substantive discussion of healthcare than at the first debate.
Trump crush Obamacare Congress

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr. 

By Kaiser Health News 06:45 am October 07, 2016
A George Washington University health policy professor said that Donald Trump, if elected President, could take executive action that would effectively stop the Affordable Care Act in its tracks. 
ACO IT Commonwealth Fund

Photo credit: Leonardo Rizzi via Flickr. 

By Mike Miliard 12:43 pm October 06, 2016
Many of the 800 accountable care organizations are lagging in critical IT infrastructure, though commercial ACOs are earning more success today than their non-commercial counterparts.
By Beth Jones Sanborn 10:18 am October 06, 2016
The web-based tools, with advice on how the new law will affect reimbursement, do not require AMA membership.
ICD-10 grace period ends
By Susan Morse 10:45 am October 05, 2016
Executives involved with the code switch said the first year went smoothly. But they are now expecting a new level of difficulty in the next 18-24 months while coders must be more precise for CMS and private insurers to accept and pay claims. 

"Eight years ago when I was seeing patients, I would dictate for 90 seconds after every patient in free text and communicate all care provided," said Shaun Grannis, MD. "Today, I fill-out a five-page template for a sore throat that no one wants to read, with details that providers often miss."

By Sherree Geyer 12:15 pm October 04, 2016
"The voices of regulation, defensive medicine, billing and quality measure reporting have been so loud that the primary reason for documentation has been ignored," said Peter Basch, MD, of MedStar Health in Washington.

"Creating a more robust exchange about cybersecurity threats will help the industry prevent, detect and respond to these threats," said Nicole Lurie, MD, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, in a statement.

By Mike Miliard 10:35 am October 04, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will ante $350,000 toward a better system of information sharing about cyber threats across healthcare.
Mostashari pop health EHR
By Bill Siwicki 02:54 pm October 03, 2016
Mostashari, now the chief executive at Aledade, discusses how technology must better address the needs of population health and ACOs, and wages a complaint against many EHR vendors.

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