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The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Third-Place Winning Team—East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

January 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Isolated from metropolitan Boston, a federally qualified health center’s health IT-based behavioral health integration program has earned a third-place finish in Healthcare Informatics’ 2017 Innovator Awards Program.

Norris Cochran Tapped to Serve as Acting Secretary at HHS

January 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Norris Cochran has been tapped to serve as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) following the departure of former HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell as part of the ongoing Trump Administration transition.

Washington Debrief: President Trump Takes Two Executive Actions Impacting Healthcare

January 23, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
President Trump on Jan. 20 signed an executive order that could open the door for federal agencies to curtail some aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

BREAKING: Aetna-Humana $37 Billion Merger Blocked by Federal Judge

January 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The $37 billion merger that would have resulted in Aetna acquiring Humana has officially been blocked by a federal judge, according to reports.

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: At the Dawn of a New Era, Winning Teams Show the Way to the Future

January 23, 2017  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
Please join us in congratulating the winners of this year’s Innovator Awards Program, who are finding new paths forward to age-old healthcare problems.

Breaking: President Trump Issues Executive Order Around ACA Intentions

January 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
Pres. Donald J. Trump, just hours after taking the oath of office, signed an executive order giving federal agencies greater flexibility to interpret and manage some of the regulatory requirements under the ACA; but the order does not touch the core of the law

Slavitt Says Goodbye to CMS Staff as Obama Administration Gives Way to Trump

January 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
As Donald Trump officially gets sworn in today as the 45th president of the U.S., key healthcare officials in Obama’s administration continue to say their goodbyes as their jobs expire.

Agency Leadership Update: Collins Stays at NIH, Bindman Leaves AHRQ

January 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
As President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the United States’ 45th president at noon today, there has been an ongoing administration shuffle as agency leaders have stepped down as part of the presidential transition.

Avoidable Hospitalizations among LTC Residents Drops by 31 Percent

January 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A data brief from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revealed that avoidable hospitalizations among long-term care facility residents has dropped by about 31 percent since 2010.

CMS: 359K Clinicians Participating in Four Alternative Payment Models in 2017

January 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that some 359,000 clinicians are confirmed to participate in four of CMS’s Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in 2017.

CMS Extends Deadline for eCQM Data Submission

January 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
CMS is extending the deadline for eligible hospitals in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Meaningful Use programs to submit their electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data from 2016.

Tom Price’s First Senate Hearing to Come Next Week; ONC Leadership Questions Linger

January 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing next week for committee members to hear testimony from Rep. Tom Price, M.D., (R-GA)—President-elect Trump’s nominee to become the next U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.


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