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Resources to Help Consumers Navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace

August 19, 2013
by John DeGaspari
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HHS awards $67 million to Navigators and recognizes more than 100 organizations as Champions for Coverage

Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. These Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall. HHS has also recognized more than 100 national organizations and businesses that have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the Marketplace.

Previously, HHS launched 24-hours-a-day consumer call center ready to answer questions in 150 languages. IN addition, about 1,200 community health centers across the country are preparing to help enroll uninsured Americans in coverage, and a partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help local libraries be a resource for consumers who want information on their options. In addition, HHS has begun training other individuals who will be providing in-person assistance, such as agents and brokers and certified application counselors.



Healthcare Industry Organizations Collaborating to Improve Integration between CPT codes and SNOMED CT

The American Medical Association and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation are working together, through a collaborative agreement, to create better integration between their proprietary code sets in support of interoperability and healthcare data analytics.

Vocera to Acquire Extension Healthcare for $55M

Vocera Communications, the San Jose, Calif.-based healthcare communications company, has announced that it has acquired Extension Healthcare for approximately $55 million in an all-cash transaction.

Reports: Issues Arise in 21st Century Cures Act; Delay Possible

The 21st Century Cures Act could be in danger of not passing this year following a statement from a coalition of liberal groups calling into question the bill’s ability to address high drug prices.

ONC National Coordinator Gets Live Look at Carequality Data Exchange

Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.

American Red Cross, Teladoc to Provide Telehealth Services to Disaster Victims

The American Red Cross announced a partnership with Teladoc to deliver remote medical care to communities in the United States that are significantly affected by disasters.

Report: The Business of Cybercrime in Healthcare is Growing

While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.