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Affordable Care Act to Improve Data Collection
June 29, 2011 10:34 AM by Lisa Algeo
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new draft standards for collecting and reporting data on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, and announced the administration's plans to begin collecting health data on ***, gay, Read More...
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Affordable Care Act Delivers Cheaper Prescription Drugs to Nearly 500,000 People
June 28, 2011 10:22 AM by Lisa Algeo
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 500,000 people with Medicare Part D who reached the gap in coverage know as the "donut hole" have received an automatic 50 percent discount on their covered brand name prescription drugs. The Centers for Medicare Read More...
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Workplace Health Programs Get $10 Million
June 23, 2011 10:48 AM by Lisa Algeo
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their families. Read More...
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Up to $500 Million Available Through Partnership for Patients
June 22, 2011 11:28 AM by Lisa Algeo
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable Read More...
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More People With Medicare Receiving Free Preventive Care
June 21, 2011 7:42 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday released a new report showing that more than 5 million Americans with traditional Medicare -- or nearly one in six people with Medicare -- took advantage of one or more of the recommended Read More...
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Sign Up for Free ACO Learning Sessions
June 16, 2011 1:35 PM by Lisa Algeo
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is offering free Accelerated Development Learning Sessions (ADLS) for providers interested in learning more about how to coordinate patient care through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Four ACO Accelerated Read More...
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Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative Introduced
June 9, 2011 9:52 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced yesterday the Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative - a bold new program designed to spur innovations in health IT. The program centers on prizes and competitions Read More...
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New Initiative Will Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Patients
June 7, 2011 9:13 AM by Lisa Algeo
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice (FQHC APCP) demonstration project, a new Affordable Care Act initiative that will pay an estimated $42 million Read More...
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New CMS Rule to Reduce Payments for Preventable HACs
June 2, 2011 9:27 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday issued a final Affordable Care Act rule that will reduce or prohibit payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers for services that result from certain preventable healthcare Read More...
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Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions Get Help From HHS
June 1, 2011 11:14 AM by Lisa Algeo
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). Premiums for the Federally administered PCIP will drop as much Read More...
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