Government & Policy

CMS Slavitt MACRA flexibility
By Susan Morse 06:50 pm September 08, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator outlines four new options that physician groups will have to comply with the law, avoid negative payment adjustments and, in certain cases, even qualify for a modest incentive payment.  
HHS Zika Moderna

Richard Hatchett, MD, acting director of BARDA, says the government is taking a three-pronged approach to fight Zika.

By Bernie Monegain 09:32 am September 08, 2016
The $8.2 million deal with Moderna aims to accelerate the development of vaccine technology and is expected to be faster than other approaches in developing vaccines.
LA Cerner population health

Cerner President Zane Burke said the company's HealtheIntent platform is designed to aggregate and normalize data from multiple sources. 

By Bernie Monegain 12:19 pm September 07, 2016
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the second largest U.S municipal system, is growing its population health management platform with Cerner’s HealtheIntent technology.
Hillary Clinton HIMSS

Hillary Clinton said at HIMSS14 that progress in healthcare requires the right infrastructure, attitude, talent and regulatory environment.

By Bernie Monegain 11:29 am September 07, 2016
The Democratic Candidate for president on big data, evidence-based medicine, quality outcomes, transparency in the healthcare system, and more.
Connecticut health literacy app

FH Cost Lookup CT, avaibable in English and Spanish, can direct users to resources for healthcare, transportation assistance and other services. 

By Jeff Lagasse 09:44 am September 07, 2016
Fair Health Cost Lookup CT enables users to estimate costs for medical and dental procedures based on geographical region and it provides resources that explain the fundamentals of health coverage. 
EpiPen generic FDA
By Kaiser Health News 10:25 am September 06, 2016
The FDA has approved more generics the past few years, but a flood of new applications has steadily added to the demand. And critics say getting generic alternatives to the U.S. market for products like EpiPen is still taking far too long.
CMS payment adjustments EHR
By Mike Miliard 02:51 pm September 02, 2016
Eligible hospitals can apply for hardship exceptions for issues related to EHR vendors, infrastructure, natural disasters and more.
Hiring slows August

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By Henry Powderly 12:10 pm September 02, 2016
While hospitals added 10,700 jobs and ambulatory services hired 12,900 new employees, nursing homes shed thousands of workers during the month. 
Richard Hatchett Zika

Richard Hatchett, MD, acting director of BARDA, said that the agency is aggressively pursuing promising vaccine candidates around the world. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:11 am September 02, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that if the work advances and is approved quickly clinical trials could begin in the U.S. next year.
DoD delays Cerner EHR
By Bill Siwicki 04:20 pm September 01, 2016
The timeline change stems from issues identified during testing as well as the aggressive nature of the original schedule, DoD Program Executive Officer Stacy Cummings said.

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