Medicare/Medicaid

What the Senate’s Push for a Stage 3 Delay Might Mean—If Anything

July 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week, during a Senate hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he has asked HHS to delay Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. Will his request have an impact?

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Includes Calls to Delay MU Stage 3 Rulemaking

July 27, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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During a Senate hearing last week, Congressional leaders called for a delay of Meaningful Use Stage 3 rulemaking and removal of gag clauses from EHR contracts.

BREAKING: Anthem to Acquire Cigna for $54.2B

July 24, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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After much negotiating, the Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire Cigna for $54.2 billion, the largest transaction of its type in the history of U.S. health insurance.

At iHT2-Denver, a Broad Look at an Inflection Point in Telehealth Expansion Nationwide

July 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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In a wide-ranging discussion on Wednesday as part of the Health IT Summit in Denver, experts parsed the challenges and opportunities facing telehealth expansion nationwide

Former CMS Head Tavenner to Become AHIP President

July 15, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn Tavenner, R.N., will become president and chief executive of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), according to various news reports.

New ICD-10 Legislation Calls for Coding Flexibility

July 14, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Yet another bill has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives with the aim to institute a “safe harbor” period following the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

Washington Debrief: House Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Includes Interoperability, Patient ID Provisions

July 13, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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On Friday, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6), which in addition to increase NIH funding by $8.5 billion, included a number of EHR and health information exchange directives.

BREAKING: President Obama Nominates Andy Slavitt to Permanent CMS Administrator Post

July 9, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On Thursday, July 9, President Obama asked the U.S. Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt, who has been serving as Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as permanent Administrator of that agency

CMS Proposes First Update to Physician Fee Schedule Since SGR Repeal

July 9, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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On July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

One Clinician Leader’s Prescription on Population Health: “Keep It Simple”

July 8, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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At the Seattle-based Providence Health System, Benjamin Zaniello, M.D. is helping to lead his colleagues forward in applying data analytics to population health management in day-to-day physician practice

Could the Aetna-Humana Merger Announcement Be a Game-Changer?

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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What might the Aetna-Humana merger mean for current population health efforts among health plans and providers—and for the carefully laid strategic healthcare IT plans being designed to facilitate those efforts?

BREAKING NEWS: Aetna Agrees to Acquire Humana for $37 Billion in Cash and Stock

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On July 3, the Hartford-based Aetna said it had agreed to acquire the Louisville-based Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest acquisition in U.S. health insurance industry
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