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Berwick's Resignation a Signal of a Faulty Political System

Stephanie Bouchard | Healthcare Finance News | November 29, 2011

It came as a surprise to no one that Donald Berwick, MD, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, would not be carrying on in the position once his term ended on Dec. 31, but many were surprised last week when he announced his resignation would be effective on Dec. 2. Read More »

Big Chill For Telemedicine?

Lisa Gillespie | Healthcare IT News | May 5, 2014

New guidelines issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards could have a chilling effect on the growth of telemedicine – especially in rural areas and among low-income patients, say some patient advocates, health care providers and health care companies...

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Big Data Saves Michigan $1 Million Each Business Day

Tom Groenfeldt | Forbes | January 11, 2012

Big Data is saving the state of Michigan $1 million each business day, while consolidating 40 data centers into three saved $19 million the first year. Read More »

Blue Button: Driving a Patient-Centered Revolution in Health Care

Steve Downs | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | September 13, 2011

A lot can happen in a year. Last October,  I wrote about a promising new offering for people looking to take control of their own health and health care decisions. Known as "blue button," this simple (but rather revolutionary) technology offers individuals the ability to download their own health information with just the click of a mouse. Read More »

Book Author Calls for Using VistA and the VA Model of Care to Solve the Physician Burnout Crisis

On November 1st Newsweek published an extraordinary Op-Ed by Samuel Shem titled Why Computerized Medical Records Are Bad for Both You and Your Doctor. In the article, Shem, pen name for the American psychiatrist and well-known author Stephen Joseph Bergman, presents evidence that poorly designed electronic medical records (EMRs) and over-regulation are to blame for the growing crisis of physician burnout and suicide. The rate of suicides among physicians has risen to a staggering number--three per day. Shem argues that there is a "better way," and that is shown by the electronic health record (EHR) system used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA's EHR is called VistA. Shem's view is supported by a large and increasing number of physicians and nurses. Read More »

Bridging Medicine's Electronic Gap

Staff | MD News | December 8, 2011

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 20% of seniors have five or more chronic conditions for which these patients visit an average of 13 separate providers and receive an average of 50 prescriptions. Given this statistic, how can the 13th physician safely and effectively treat a patient without the benefit of any prior medical information? Read More »

Burgess Bill Addresses Interoperability, the Leading Health IT Issue in the US

Health care reformers around the country should be jumping up to thank Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), an MD who is working with his staff to write a bill to promote Health IT interoperability. Readers of Open Health News probably know that interoperability--in simple terms, the ability of any authorized user to read a medical record from any source--has emerged as one of the two top burning issues of health IT, the other one being the lack of usability of proprietary/lock-in electronic health records (EHRs).

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Burwell Confirmed As HHS Secretary

Tom Sullivan, | Healthcare IT News | June 6, 2014

The U.S. Senate voted in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon.  Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise...

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Cerner CEO Makes An Emotional Plea For Interoperability Among Health Care Technology Providers

Diane Stafford | The Kansas City Star | November 4, 2014

...A rapt audience of about 11,000 Tuesday morning at the annual Cerner Health Conference heard Patterson emotionally invoke personal experience to illustrate his passion for what his company does.  The North Kansas City-based company is an industry leader in digitizing patient health records and working with other providers to make that information “interoperable” across health care information technology providers...

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Changing The Structure Of Health Care Delivery Systems: To Benefit The Patient, The Providers, Or The Insurers?

Josh Freeman | Medicine and Social Justice | January 12, 2014

In an important series of 3 articles beginning on the Sunday before the New Year, “Doctors Inc.”, Alan Bavley of the Kansas City Star looked at the increasing acquisition of physician practices by hospitals, and the impact this has on access to, quality of, and cost of health care for patients. [...] Read More »

CMS Makes Medicare, Medicaid Data Easier For Researchers To Access

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | November 13, 2013

Researchers who want to study population health using the vast stores of Medicare and Medicaid data will no longer have to order it and wait for the federal government to ship them encrypted data files. Rather, they can now access the information virtually [...]. Read More »

CMS Taps 3M for ICD-10 Coding Translation Tool

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | September 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – Perhaps this is to be taken as a sign that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not, as some healthcare IT pros no doubt are still hoping, push back the compliance deadline for ICD-10. Read More »

CMS, NASA Team for Software Contest

Paul Barr | ModernHealthcare.com | May 25, 2012

CMS is partnering with a branch of NASA to launch an open-source software contest aimed at improving the provider screening process for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Read More »

CMS’ Accountable Health Communities Model Selects 32 Participants to Serve as Local ‘Hubs’ Linking Clinical and Community Services

Press Release | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services | April 6, 2017

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for applications for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (Innovation Center) Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model. Over a five-year period, CMS will implement and test the three-track AHC model to support local communities in addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by bridging the gap between clinical and community service providers...

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Coalition: Meaningful Use Stage 3 Must Focus On Care Disparities

Staff Writer | HITECH Answers | August 28, 2013

Last week the Consumer Partnership for eHealth — a coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor groups — published an action plan aimed at ensuring that Stage 3 of the meaningful use program focuses on health care disparities, Healthcare IT News reports. Read More »