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The Politics of Health Care

CMS Offers Financial Resources, Flexibility to Help Providers Use HIT Systems
May 31, 2011 10:02 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two steps that will help modernize America's health care delivery system by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to adopt and meaningfully use health information Read More...
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HHS Plans for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules
May 26, 2011 1:06 PM by Lisa Algeo
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Bill Corr issued a statement today on retrospective review of existing rules. His statement is below: Earlier this year, President Obama outlined his plan to create a 21 st -century regulatory Read More...
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National Version 5010 Testing Day Set for June 15
May 25, 2011 11:01 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Version 5010 compliance date - Jan. 1, 2012 - is fast approaching. All HIPAA -covered entities should be taking steps now to get ready, including conducting external testing to ensure timely compliance. Are you prepared for the transition? Medicare Read More...
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New Rule Requires Review of Large Insurance Rate Hikes
May 24, 2011 11:51 AM by Lisa Algeo
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation to ensure that large health insurance premium increases will be thoroughly reviewed, and consumers will have access to clear information about those increases. Combined Read More...
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Affordable Care Act Grants Will Create Healthier Communities
May 19, 2011 9:42 AM by Lisa Algeo
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week the availability of more than $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants are aimed at helping communities Read More...
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New ACO Models Will Improve Patient Care; Could Save Medicare Up to $430 Million
May 18, 2011 9:36 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced three Affordable Care Act initiatives designed to help doctors, hospitals and other health care providers improve health care for Americans with Medicare by becoming accountable care organizations Read More...
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Improvements to Medicare are Lowering Costs, Improving Care
May 16, 2011 10:35 AM by Lisa Algeo
A new analysis issued last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlines savings resulting from improvements to the Medicare program, including implementation of many provisions in the Affordable Care Act, from new tools and resources Read More...
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CMS to Hold ICD-10 Teleconference
May 12, 2011 11:26 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a national provider teleconference on "CMS ICD-10 Conversion Activities" on Wednesday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Subject matter experts will discuss the ICD-10 conversion process Read More...
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Medicare Finalizes New Rule for Telemedicine Services
May 11, 2011 9:25 AM by Lisa Algeo
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has finalized a rule for telemedicine services to ensure patients in rural or remote areas will continue to receive the most cutting-edge medical care from many of their local Read More...
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HHS Reports Most Uninsured Can't Pay Hospital Bills
May 10, 2011 12:53 PM by Lisa Algeo
(Editor's note: Frank Irving has recently stepped down from this blog, and we wish him well in his new endeavors. We are actively looking for a new blogger to keep us apprised of political issues affecting healthcare. If you are interested or can recommend Read More...
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