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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.

Achieving Value-Based Payment Success: Implications for IT and the CIO

January 19, 2017  |  Tonya Edwards, M.D., Impact Advisors
Leading healthcare CIOs discuss the challenges they’re facing—and how to resolve them through innovation—as the scales tip ever closer to value-based payment.

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.

Rep. Tom Price, HHS Secretary Nominee, Sharply Questioned in Senate HELP Committee Hearing

January 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
In a nomination hearing in the Senate HELP Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, was questioned sharply over questions around ACA repeal and conflict-of-interest issues

Survey: Docs Want to Keep Pace with New Patient Demands, Technology

January 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent survey of 500 physicians revealed that nearly 9 in 10 respondents ranked “achieving work-life balance” as their most, or second most-important resolution for 2017. Similarly, 69 percent ranked “staying current with technology” as their most, or second...

Survey: 84 Percent of Independent Physicians are Still Uncertain About MACRA Requirements

January 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Independent physicians are struggling with the complexities and aggressive timing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule finalizing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, according to a survey...

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.

Washington Debrief: The Who’s Who in Healthcare on Capitol Hill

January 17, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
The 115th Congress has been sworn-in and there are some new leaders to take note of that will have influence over healthcare on Capitol Hill.

SAMHSA Releases Part 2 Final Rule on Substance Use Data Sharing

January 13, 2017  |  David Raths
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's long-awaited final rule updating the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (Part 2) will be published Jan. 18 and is available for...


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