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Doctors Perform Thousands Of Unnecessary Surgeries

Peter Eisler and Barbara Hansen | USA Today | June 20, 2013

A USA TODAY study found that tens of thousands of times each year, patients undergo surgery they don't need. Read More »

Don't Overlook Fraud In EHRs, OIG Cautions CMS

Jacqueline Fellows | HealthLeaders Media | January 9, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has eagerly pushed EHRs onto healthcare providers without adequately addressing the risk of fraud, suggests a report from the Office of Inspector General. Read More »

EHR Adoption Rate Slows, With Physicians Facing Big Hurdles For Meeting Stage 2, Survey Finds

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | January 20, 2014

The pace of adoption of electronic health-record systems has begun to slow, and the physicians who have adopted systems have a long way to go to meet the government's Stage 2 criteria for meaningful use of the technology, according to an authoritative survey of practices by the National Center for Health Statistics at HHS. Read More »

EHR Incentive Payments Blast Toward $18 Billion

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | January 14, 2014

The “inexorable progress” of the federal EHR incentive program continues, with payments to providers moving ever closer to $20 billion. Read More »

EHR Incentives Likely to Improve Quality

Brian Ahier | Government Health IT | September 1, 2011

Healthcare is one of the last industries in the United States to universally incorporate technological advancements. While most sectors have made significant investments in information technology to improve efficiency and consumer relationships, America’s health care system is still largely paper-driven. As a result the healthcare system is plagued by inefficiency and poor quality. Read More »

EHR Incentives Over $10B To Date

Mary Mosquera | Healthcare IT News | January 9, 2013

Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have blasted through $10.3 billion to a total of 180,200 physicians and hospitals through December since the program’s inception... Read More »

EHR Payments Soar To Near $20B

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | January 15, 2014

Electronic health record incentive payments to eligible docs and hospitals continue to climb into the new year. The "inexorable progress" of the federal EHR incentive program continues, with payments to providers moving ever closer to $20 billion. Read More »

EHR Payouts Climb Near $25 Billion

Tom Sullivan, | Healthcare IT News | July 11, 2014

Electronic health records incentive payments to eligible hospitals and providers have continued their upward trend, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paying out a whopping $24.4 billion to date...

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Elections 2012: Missing From The Debate – The Indian Health System

Mark Trahant | Indian Country | October 2, 2012

There is one public health “system” in the United States. Its cost per patient is lower than the rest of the country. Some of the clinics and hospitals are models of what health care could be … and at the same time some of the clinics are substandard and represent the worst of what we think of as government-run health care. Read More »

Epic and Other EHR Vendors Caught in Dilemmas by APIs (Part 1 of 2)

Andy Oram | EMR and HIPAA | March 15, 2017

The HITECH act of 2009 (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) gave an unprecedented boost to an obscure corner of the IT industry that produced electronic health records. For the next eight years they were given the opportunity to bring health care into the 21st century and implement common-sense reforms in data sharing and analytics. They largely squandered this opportunity, amassing hundreds of millions of dollars while watching health care costs ascend into the stratosphere, and preening themselves over modest improvements in their poorly functioning systems...

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Epipen: A Sign of a Broken Healthcare System

Tanya Feke | Diagnosis Life, LLC | October 13, 2016

It has been going on for years. The difference is that now the media is hopping on the story. Now America is paying attention. In 2015, the price of doxycycline, a generic antibiotic, was up to $5 per pill, an increase from $0.03 in 2014. The antibiotic is the gold standard treatment for Lyme disease. In 2015, the price of Daraprim (pyrimethamine), was up to $750 per pill, an increase from $13.50. The antiparasitic medication is used to toxoplasmosis, an infection acquired in people who have HIV/AIDS...

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ERs Seeing Increase In Patients Under Obamacare

Laura Ungar | The Courier-Journal | June 16, 2014

It wasn't supposed to work this way, but since the Affordable Care Act took effect in January, Norton Hospital has seen its packed emergency room become even more crowded, with about 100 more patients a month...

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Ex-Felons Are About To Get Health Coverage

Michael Ollove | Pew | April 5, 2013

Newly freed prisoners traditionally walk away from the penitentiary with a bus ticket and a few dollars in their pockets. Starting in January, many of the 650,000 inmates released from prison each year will be eligible for something else: health care by way of Medicaid, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Read More »

Fed Health IT Spending: $6.5 Billion By 2016

Nicole Lewis | Information Week | December 28, 2011

Federal health IT spending will increase from $4.5 billion in 2011 to $6.5 billion in 2016, which represents a compound annual growth rate of 7.5%, according to a GovWin IQ research study released by Deltek. 

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Federal Cuts Threaten Healthcare System For Alaska Natives

Dermot Cole | Alaska Dispatch | October 23, 2013

The 10-year federal “sequestration” plan of steady cuts could devastate the healthcare system that Alaska Natives rely on, speakers at a conference of tribal leaders said Wednesday. Read More »