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Consumers Are Still Held Back From Making Rational Health Decisions

Andy Oram | EMR & EHR | November 25, 2014

Price and quality of care–those are what we’d like to know when we need a medical procedure. But a perusal of a recent report from the Government Accountability Office reminded me that both price and quality information are hard to get nowadays...

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Consumers Asked To Verify Income, Other Information — Or Risk Losing Government Subsidies For Health Insurance

Daniel Chang and Nick Madigan | Kaiser Health News | July 31, 2014

...About eight million people signed up for a health plan through the ACA exchanges. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 85 percent of them were eligible for financial aid, and the government is expected to deliver about $10 billion in subsidies during the first year.  Healthcare analysts say some consumers will end up paying higher monthly premiums as a result of the verification process, while others may have to repay some or all of their subsidies if they are found to be ineligible...

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Contractors Claim Healthcare.gov Didn't Have Enough Time

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | October 24, 2013

The main contractors for Healthcare.gov were interrogated, scruntinzed, and criticized Thursday by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, days after the Obama Administration called in a “fix it” team amid growing public frustration with the site’s problems. Read More »

Contractors Who Built Healthcare.gov Website Blame Each Other For All The Problems

Mike Masnick | Techdirt | October 24, 2013

With all the problems associated with the Healthcare.gov rollout, a bunch of fingers (including ours) pointed at the usual list of government contracting cronies who built the thing. The deal was done under an existing contract (so no open bidding) and involved the same "usual suspects" who have been connected to a number of other large government computer systems debacles... Read More »

CPOE: Meaningful Use’s Primary Obstacle Is VistA’s Greatest Strength

 

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) identifies the implementation and adoption of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) functionality as the number one barrier for hospitals working toward Meaningful Use Stage 1. Entitled “Overcoming challenges to achieving meaningful use: Insights from hospitals that successfully received Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services payments in 2011,” the study findings are significant because the say a great deal about the way different health IT platforms have been developed.

Cromnibus: Obstacles And Opportunities For Payers

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | December 16, 2014

Deep inside the massive short-term spending bill awaiting President Obama’s signature are provisions that could rattle the insurance industry...

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Cut Readmissions with Discharge 'Passports,' Communication

Karen M. Cheung | Fierce Healthcare | December 22, 2011

Discharge planning and provider communication helped Philadelphia hospitals reduce readmissions by 7 percent, according to a report released last week by The Health Care Improvement Foundation. Most of the hospitals involved screened patients that are at risk for readmissions and provided them with checklists and reminders about medications and appointments, developing what they call "passports." Read More »

Cytta Announces Release of Cytta Connect Open Source Remote Health Monitoring Data Highway

Press Release | Cytta | March 5, 2015

Cytta's open source data highway now connects "Anyone, Anywhere and Anytime" (the A-Cubed Connectivity Standard) and that Cytta's Health & Wellness Connectivity solutions are available to the entire Healthcare industry, including insurers, caregivers and policymakers. Healthcare needs to be flexible, seamless and mobile for patients. Cytta Connect is the only automatic WiFi, cellular and satellite data connectivity solution that achieves this new standard. Read More »

D.C. Report: Mostashari Says, 'Now Is Not the Right Time' For NwHIN Governance

Jeff Smith | Healthcare Informatics | September 11, 2012

During the 40th meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee held in Washington this week, members were given an overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 by officials from CMS and ONC.  And in the waning hours of the day-long meeting, Dr. Farzad Mostashari revealed that ONC has decided to put plans for further regulation of the Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NwHIN) on hold. Read More »

DeSalvo Touts Interoperability, Blue Button At Consumer Health IT Summit

Katie Dvorak | FierceHealthIT | September 15, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare...

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Despite Slight Drop In Uninsured, Last Year’s Figure Points To 48,000 Preventable Deaths: Health Expert

Press Release | Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) | September 12, 2012

Persistence of large numbers of uninsured and related deaths shows urgency of enacting an improved-Medicare-for-all system, physician says Read More »

Did Politics Help Cause HealthCare.gov Failures?

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | October 17, 2013

There was the government shutdown, which drew to a close late Wednesday and was largely seen as a case of partisan politics hijacking the work of nonpartisan career employees. Then there was the troubled launch of the online health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, which was largely seen as a failure of bureaucracy. Read More »

Digital Government: The Transformative Power Of Visual Communications And Little Bets

Brand Niemann | AOL Government | October 25, 2012

Jonny Goldstein, a veteran media producer, artist, trainer, and speaker, created the above visual notes for the recent Digital Government: The Transformative Power of Communications, captured and disseminated fittingly via Instagram. Read More »

Direct Lab Transaction Guide Offered

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee | GovInfoSecurity.com | July 16, 2012

Federal officials have issued guidance on how to exchange lab test results using the Direct Project secure messaging protocol. Read More »

Disbursement Of Federal Health IT Incentives Tops $7 Billion

John Pulley | Nextgov | November 7, 2012

Federal funds continue to benefit health-care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records. As of September, incentive programs have distributed more than $3.9 billion through Medicare, $3.5 billion through Medicaid, according to figures provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read More »