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Study Shows Electronic Health Information Exchanges Could Cut Billions in Medicare Spending

Press Release | University of Notre Dame | September 13, 2017

Spending on entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid consumes some two-thirds of all federal spending, but new research from the University of Notre Dame shows that information technology investments in health care lead to significant spending reductions — potentially in the billions of dollars...

Study: EHR-Related Safety Issues Linger Long After Implementation

Staff Writer | iHealthBeat | June 23, 2014

Patient safety issues stemming from electronic health record systems continue long after implementation, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Modern Healthcare reports...

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Study: Medical Homes Saved North Carolina Nearly $1 Billion

Christine Vestal | Stateline | December 30, 2011

The idea of medical homes — a method of coordinating medical services that relies on primary care physicians to manage patients’ care — has been around for more than 40 years. North Carolina, a leading innovator in the field, has used medical homes to improve care and lower costs in its Medicaid program since 1991. Read More »

Surprise: Every American Will Not Have An Electronic Health Record This Year

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | October 9, 2014

In 2004, President George W. Bush kicked off a project designed to provide most Americans with an electronic health record in 2014. That was followed by a similar goal set by President Barack Obama in 2009.  But as the end of 2014 comes nearer, these ambitious goals still have not been met...

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Take Long View On Health Reform

Terry Schlemeier | Columbia Daily Tribune | December 15, 2013

Americans, especially the press, seem to be obsessive regarding the Affordable Care Act — or the sobriquet "Obamacare," as it has been dubbed. At first I was slightly disheartened by this, but, given further thought, it is only natural. For far too many years, we had no cohesive "system" for our health care, and now everyone, so it seems, is looking at a real system. Read More »

Telemedicine Clinics Make Inroads Into Primary Care

Don Fluckinger | SearchHealthIT | July 1, 2013

The health IT expansion of the last five years seemed to have left behind videoconferencing for remote patient visits. While it would seem a no-brainer that can potentially save time for both patient and provider, telemedicine seems to have been reserved for high-demand specialists, such as emergency stroke physicians and dermatologists who use telemedicine implementations to bring their skills to patients in rural areas. Read More »

Telemonitoring Takes A Leap Forward

Diana Manos | Healthcare News IT | October 2, 2013

Continua Health Alliance officials on Wednesday praised the Texas Health and Human Service Commission for the approval of rules allowing Texas Medicaid to begin reimbursing for telemonitoring services and setup, effective October 1. Read More »

Tennessee looks to VistA for new Medicaid IT system

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | November 26, 2012

With its DOS-era IT system approaching obsolescence, the Tennessee Department of Health is looking to build a new Medicaid IT system with the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, the VistA open source platform. Read More »

Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash

Eric Lipton, Ian Austen, and Sharon LaFraniere | The New York Times | November 22, 2013

On a sultry day in late August, a dozen staff members of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gathered at the agency’s Baltimore headquarters with managers from the major contractors building HealthCare.gov to review numerous problems with President’s Obama’s online health insurance initiative. The mood was grim.

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The $100,000-Per-Year Pill: How US Health Agencies Choose Pharma Over Patients

Fran Quigley | TruthOut | August 5, 2016

Don Reichmuth survived prostate cancer once before, back in 2007, so his physician was concerned when tests recently revealed the cancer had returned. Reichmuth's physician prescribed a drug called enzalutamide, marketed by the Japanese company Astellas Pharma, Inc. under the brand name Xtandi. But when the physician sent the prescription to the pharmacy, the managers of Reichmuth's insurance plan sent back an immediate refusal to approve it. Reichmuth, a retired teacher who lives in Washington State, was puzzled by the logic. Then he learned the price of the Xtandi prescription: over $9,700 each month...

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The Cure

Phillip Longman | Washington Monthly | November 1, 2011

While the partisan gap in Washington is wider than it’s been at any time in living memory, the two parties do have one remarkable agenda in common. Both have proposed cuts in Medicare so drastic that they would have been politically suicidal a decade ago and may still be. Yet neither party is backing off... Read More »

The EHR Has No Clothes

Barry Saver | Health Affairs Blog | June 20, 2012

Medical students returning from rotations at Veterans’ Administration Hospitals often rave about how good VistA is – something I have never heard with any other EHR. While I have not used it in clinical care, I have examined the demonstration client available on the web and been impressed by the simple, clean interface – quite unlike most other EHRs I have used or seen. Read More »

The GAO Report on Health Care Price Transparency

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Health Populi | November 2, 2011

This morning during my still-dark-at-5:15 am walk, my iPod was motivating me to “get up offa that thing,” as James Brown was motivating me to “release the pressure.” Two minutes into the song, he urges, “Get into the sunshine, church is out.” Read More »

The Health Disparity of Information Access

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Healthcare IT News | January 23, 2017

Access to healthcare is underpinned in large part on a health consumer’s access to information about available health care services, their location, price, and if the patient is very fortunate to glean, quality. As people take on more responsibility for managing their health care utilization and financing in America, their access to information that is easy-to-find, clear, comprehensive and current is critical to personal and public health outcomes...

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The IT VistA Gets Larger

Joseph Conn | ModernHealthcare.com | January 15, 2012

The 24th meeting of the WorldVistA community wrapped up a three-day run Sunday at University of California Davis. WorldVistA is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to promote the use of an open-source version of the VistA system outside the Veterans Affairs Department, where the VA has been developing the EHR for more than 30 years. Read More »