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MACRA Deloitte
By Bill Siwicki 12:17 pm July 18, 2016
Nearly 8 in 10 physicians in a new survey said they prefer fee-for-service over risk-bearing, value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
American Hospital Association Obama

Chip Kahn, President of the Federation of American Hospitals, signed a letter to the Democrat platform committee saying that a public option would only introduce greater uncertainty. 

By Jack McCarthy 10:23 am July 18, 2016
In a letter to Democrat committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, the AHA and Federation of American Hospitals request that the platform excludes a public option. 
Donald Trump Pence ACA

Republican Gov. Mike Pence is now officially Donald Trump's Vice President running mate. Source: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

By Jessica Davis 05:16 pm July 15, 2016
Even while he unveiled the Healthy Indiana Plan to accept federal funding with which to offer Medicaid to more citizens, the staunch conservative argued that doing so strengthened the case for repealing the Affordable Care Act.
athenahealth Jonathan Bush meaningful use
By Bill Siwicki 09:12 am July 15, 2016
The health IT executive claims rivals Allscripts and Epic were dead in the water before meaningful use, reveals his company’s parlor trick, and says don't call my technology an EHR.
VA interoperability VistA

"When do you get to a point where you are satisfied with the transfer of information being complete?" Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, asked VA officials this week.

By Jessica Davis 11:25 am July 14, 2016
The Senate Committee on Appropriations took Veterans Affairs leaders to task, seeking to determine an endpoint to the long list of issues plaguing the department.
Loopback CMS Five-Star Quality

Loopback's interactive map pinpoints post-acute care facilities based on CMS rankings for care quality. 

By Tom Sullivan 09:16 am July 14, 2016
Hospitals can use the interactive map, based on CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System data, to compare skilled nursing and home health facilities in specific regions to smooth care transitions. 
By Jonah Comstock 05:01 pm July 13, 2016
Executives from AirStrip and Humetrix alongside medical school and law professors testified that oversimplified regulations can incorrectly classify valuable health data and, in so doing, harm patients. 
EHR Regulatory Relief Act

Senator John Thune, R-South Dakota, and others introduced legislation to bring more flexibility to the meaningful use EHR program. 

By Tom Sullivan 04:37 pm July 13, 2016
The same six U.S. Senators who previously brought forth a bill to reboot the meaningful use program introduced a new effort Wednesday meant to ease some of its requirements.

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told a Senate Committee on Wednesday he undestood that small, rural physician practices would struggle with new MACRA rules.

By Beth Jones Sanborn 01:23 pm July 13, 2016
"We understand new rules require adjustment and preparation," said Andy Slavitt, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acting administrator.
ONC API interoperability
By Jessica Davis 10:40 am July 13, 2016
Carefluence OpenAPI proved to be compliant with Office of the National Coordinator criteria by using the FHIR standard. The application programming interface also can used with EHRs for open access.

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