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By Jessica Davis 11:06 am August 12, 2016
Rural healthcare is receiving a $16 million boost for telehealth and quality improvement activities from the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources & Services Administration, it was announced Thursday.
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Hillary Clinton on Thursday vowed to create an affordable public health insurance option. (Source: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)

By Tom Sullivan 05:34 pm August 11, 2016
The Democratic nominee also promised to institute a public health insurance option, paid family leave, affordable childcare and cracked a one-liner about using Trump’s Estate Tax amount to care for 3 million children. 
Zika Miami Clinton

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton called on Congress to return from its vacation and take action to pass legislation that funds research and testing for Zika treatments. Source: Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

By Jessica Davis 11:04 am August 11, 2016
The democratic nominee urged Congress to return and hammer out a new compromise as ZIka cases rise to 121 infected people.

MGMA President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright is concerned that "far too much of a practice’s IT investment is tied directly to complying with the ever-increasing number of federal requirements."

By Jessica Davis 10:52 am August 10, 2016
The 2016 MGMA Cost and Revenue Report also found technology costs have increased 40 percent from 2009 to 2015, corresponding with the 2009 HITECH Act.
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By Bernie Monegain 09:29 am August 10, 2016
The diagnostic and imaging company will use the funding to advance development of technology for testing blood supplies for the Zika virus.
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The Army medical center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington is one of the sites that the Department of Defense plans to audit the Army's EHR security controls. 

By Jack McCarthy 07:00 am August 10, 2016
The Pentagon will be looking to determine if the Army has implemented effective ways to protect its electronic health records and personally identifiable information. 
Zika HHS

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said there is an urgent need for Congress to allocate  more resources so HHS can help contain Zika from spreading.

By Bill Siwicki 03:51 pm August 09, 2016
Health and Humans Services head Sylvia Burwell pressed for urgent action as her department’s dwindling resources will make it harder to help states with mosquito control and for the National Institutes of Health to conduct trials of Zika vaccines.
NIH Allscripts precision medicine
By Bernie Monegain 10:03 am August 09, 2016
Doctors at the National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute and the NIH Clinical Center will use the tools to combine genomic and clinical data for statistical analysis and pattern detection.
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Donald Trump on Monday promised one of his first acts if elected U.S. President would be to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Tom Sullivan 04:23 pm August 08, 2016
The Republican candidate called the Affordable Care Act disastrous and said he has a plan to overhaul the Veterans Health Administration but focused more on plans for jobs, the economy and tax policy. 
Healthcare adds jobs July
By Henry Powderly 11:32 am August 05, 2016
Ambulatory facilities and services led the month’s hiring, while hospitals were a close second in creating new jobs. 

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