Monthly Archives: July 2011

HIE’s More Than Double Since Last Year

By Mary Mosquera,  for Government Health IT   The number of operational health information exchanges has more than doubled to 228 since last year, and of those, private exchanges have increased more rapidly than public organizations for sharing information, according … Continue reading

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HHS Propose Framework to Assist States in Building Affordable Insurance Exchanges

US Department of Health & Human Services   Immediate Release  July 11, 2011 Proposed rules offer states flexibility, choices, competition and clout for consumers and small businesses Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework … Continue reading

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VA Awards 14 Major Technology Contracts Totaling $12 Billion

By Ken Terry,  for FierceHealthIT The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hoping to upgrade and “transform” its information systems through a series of 14 recently awarded contracts worth $12 billion. Among the recipients are Hewlett Packard, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Harris … Continue reading

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Medicare Will Expand Coverage for Telehealth

By Ken Terry,  Information Week – Healthcare The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed changing how it defines telehealth services that may be eligible for Medicare coverage. But it’s unclear how far the agency will go in expanding such … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Offers New Ways to Improve Care, Lower Cost for Medicaid

July 8, 2011   US Department of Health & Human Services Initiatives focus on people receiving Medicare and Medicaid benefits The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced three new initiatives to help states improve the quality … Continue reading

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New Study: Medicaid Makes a “Big Difference” in Lives

By Julie Rovner,  for NPR   The study, being published as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, has a distinctly bipartisan flavor. Among its authors are Katherine Baicker of Harvard, who was an economic adviser to … Continue reading

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Legal Oversight May Leave Rural Health Clinics Behind

By Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for Health Leaders Media   7/6/2011 A seemingly small omission from the 2009 economic stimulus law could spell big trouble for the country’s thousands of rural health clinics. The problem? If you’re billing the Centers for … Continue reading

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