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Paperwork and stethoscope
By Tom Sullivan 01:27 pm May 14, 2015
One thing about ICD-10 is becoming crystal clear: The compliance deadline is not going to arrive without Congressional resistance. A new GOP-sponsored House bill calls for an 18-month transition period to ensure the conversion goes smoothly.
U.S. Capitol
By Tom Sullivan 03:29 pm May 11, 2015
Now that the actual proposed legislation for the new Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015 is available, here's what we know about Republican Texas Rep. Ted Poe's latest attempt to scuttle ICD-10.
Applause
By Bernie Monegain 11:08 am May 08, 2015
President Obama's nomination of ONC Chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, to the post of Assistant HHS Secretary, did not surprise many in health IT circles. After all, she was already Acting Assistant Secretary. As some stakeholders say, if she is confirmed, they will have an advocate in an even higher position in government.
Man with open box
By Bernie Monegain 10:11 am May 08, 2015
HHS could soon release a big collection of data, twice as much as it has in the past, according to a report from Medical Practice Insider.
Karen DeSalvo, MD
By Bernie Monegain 09:23 am May 07, 2015
ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, has been nominated by President Obama to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If she is confirmed by the Senate, she would step down as National Coordinator for Health IT, a post she has held since January 2014.
Laptop with magnifying glass
By Erin McCann 11:16 am May 06, 2015
The IT infrastructure office at the Department of Health and Human Services has some serious security problems. This after the office received a less than satisfactory security report card from the Office of Inspector General this week.
Stethoscope
By Bernie Monegain 10:54 am May 05, 2015
Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows encouraging savings.
Analytics
By Mike Miliard 11:13 am April 30, 2015
As HHS pursues aggressive new timelines for the shift to value-based care, providers have just a couple years to start putting their data to work in service of more efficient care for healthier patient populations.
US Capitol
By Tom Sullivan 09:05 am April 27, 2015
Healthcare providers are going to be penalized after the ICD-10 compliance deadline. Not because they are filing claims wrong, but simply "because the system has changed," says one U.S. Senator.
Network
By John Andrews 06:22 am April 23, 2015
The draft interoperability roadmap released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT contains so many details in its 166-pages that has been called "meaningful use on steroids."

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