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HHS gives states more time to design insurance exchanges

Insurers have a little extra breathing room to comply with federal regulations for health insurance exchanges--but states must still send letters of intent to design a state-based exchange by Friday.
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About me

About me | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

I have a passion for healthcare, and look forward to the day when we more effectively balance the competing interests of stakeholders for the benefit of all.

 

I've been in the healthcare IT industry for about ten years, and in IT for almost thirty. I'm also a psychologist, and made the career switch by way of a special area of artificial intelligence: knowledge acquisition. 

 

I've got advanced academic degrees, written books, had great jobs, and so on. But mainly I want to see the advances in HIT do more than just make the next best widget: I want to see us move from a system of disease management to one of health. Come along for the ride!

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How ONC is getting back on track since gov't shutdown

How ONC is getting back on track since gov't shutdown | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
Congress finally resolved its differences last Thursday after a 16-day federal governmment shutdown that may have cost Republicans some voters and without a doubt cost the American people beaucoup bucks.
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The significant back-channel news is - no delay for Stage 2. 

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Decoding the world of healthcare reform

Confused by the terminology? Here are some common phrases and concepts used to talk about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act
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A nice, brief compendium.

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Specialists' views on Obamacare

A variety of specialists have weighed in on Obama's new health care package. The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve. Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

 

Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!" The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter". The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

 

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

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I say, humor is the best medicine...

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Emergency Team Of 8th-Grade Civics Teachers Dispatched To Washington

Emergency Team Of 8th-Grade Civics Teachers Dispatched To Washington | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON—With lawmakers still at an impasse over increasing the debt ceiling, a special team of 40 eighth-grade civics teachers was air-dropped into Washington earlier today in a last-ditch effort to teach congressional leaders how the...
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Every now and then, a little levity helps.

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What's in a name? Lots when it comes to Obamacare/ACA

What's in a name? Lots when it comes to Obamacare/ACA | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
What's in a name? Lots when it comes to #Obamacare / #ACA - Now for the difference: 29 percent of the public supports Obamacare, compared with 22 percent who support ACA.
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Thune, Alexander Call on HHS to Extend Deadline for Stage 2 of Electronic Health Records Incentive Program

Senator John Thune and several of his asked HHS)Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a one-year extension for health care providers to complete the second stage of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentive program. Providers who are ready to attest to Stage 2 in 2014 should be able to do so consistent with current policy, and the senators believe the administration must continue to push for interoperability.

 
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This could work... although it will slow the train...

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Health-care reform could launch despite a federal shutdown

Health-care reform could launch despite a federal shutdown | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
Health-care reform exchanges expect to have access to funds on Oct. 1, when the federal government might shut down if Congress can't find a compromise on spending.
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Exposing the lunacy of political brinksmanship.

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Do workplace wellness programs work?

Do workplace wellness programs work? | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
The results have been mixed as to whether companies save money and have healthier employees, says Rahul Parikh.
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A clear, skeptical review: employers seem to save money. What benefits do employees receive?

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Obamacare Insurance Co-ops At The Starting Gate

Obamacare Insurance Co-ops At The Starting Gate | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

...the 24 insurance-company startups created by the Affordable Care Act say they’re ready to battle the establishment, stay in business and change health care.

 
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This could be a real game-changer...

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Are physician coaches the answer to EHR adoption challenges?

Considering the challenges facing the healthcare industry (e.g., meaningful use, ICD-10, ACOs), it makes sense that they have a guide to help them along.
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Sounds like a good idea!

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Healthcare Changes Happening Now

Healthcare Changes Happening Now | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

America, get ready. You’re about to wake up to a whole new world of healthcare. We are moving from a healthcare system of the 1950’s into a model better suited for a population of the 21st century. The old-fashioned hospital is about to be integrated into a regional system of specialized facilities that will streamline care, avoid duplication of services and deliver better outcomes. And that’s only one of many changes. 

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Doctors use 3-D printing to rebuild a man's face | The Advisory Board Daily Briefing

Doctors use 3-D printing to rebuild a man's face | The Advisory Board Daily Briefing | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
In an upcoming surgery, U.K. surgeons will pioneer the use of 3-D printing for injury-related reconstruction, potentially offering a disfigured crash victim a chance to return
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Amazing.

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5 ways to fail a Meaningful Use audit

5 ways to fail a Meaningful Use audit | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
Many hospitals are making mistakes that are tripping them up during Meaningful Use audits, according to audit expert Jim Tate, who identifies some of the "worst practices" hospitals, health systems and physician practices employ.
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California universities pitch health care reform with deejays, pizza and peace of mind

California universities pitch health care reform with deejays, pizza and peace of mind | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
Young, healthy people are the targets, crucial to the success of the nation’s new federal health care law. They rarely see a doctor and would pay premiums for years to come. Their money would help cover the care of older and sicker customers.
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Two thoughts...

 

(1) Healthcare is currently paid for by the acutarial model - you need lots of folks who don't use it much to pay for those who do.. This is a basic concept that must be grasped.


(2) Should we take a lesson for patient engagement and offer patients pizza?

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The Myth of the Medical-Device Tax

What’s actually raising health care costs is a predatory industry.
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Opinion from the vice president for health policy at the Center for American Progress

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Your Cheat Sheet to the Health Care Law's New Marketplaces

Your Cheat Sheet to the Health Care Law's New Marketplaces | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
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A useful interactive tool that takes you through each state's options.

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Glitches hold up elements of health-care sign-up process - Washington Post

Glitches hold up elements of health-care sign-up process - Washington Post | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
Glitches hold up elements of health-care sign-up process: Small-business health exchanges run by the federal government will not open for online enrollment until November, the Obama administration said Thursday.
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6 Things you need to know about Meaningful Use and EHR Certification in 2014

6 Things you need to know about Meaningful Use and EHR Certification in 2014 | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
Learn about the key elements of the new meaningful use and EHR certification standards here.
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A succinct list from the government.

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A Day in the Life of a Patient: Why Can’t We Do Better Than This?

A Day in the Life of a Patient: Why Can’t We Do Better Than This? | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

Is there a patient who goes through a hospitalization who does not have stories to tell about the obstacles, errors and indignities that they endured?

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A journal of a sadly too-familiar hospital stay. Can't we do better - but also, can't we recognize the good that is done? A real challenge.

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Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices

Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
With insurance marketplaces set to open next month under the new health care law, consumers may find that insurers have put big limits on their choices.
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Herein lies the real challenge: how to maintain a profit-based system in what is attempting to be a universal service.

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Do EHRs And Social Media Mix?

Do EHRs And Social Media Mix? | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
Social media information exchanges might be user friendly, but are Facebook and Twitter the best place to share delicate medical records? By Katie ...
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The author claims we need better social media integration for engagement - but not necessarily sharing lots of data.

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ONC's goals for MU stage 3 in 6 charts

ONC's goals for MU stage 3 in 6 charts | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
The Office of the National Coordinator is already starting to design the third phase of meaningful use — with a dual focus on functionality and healthcare outcomes.
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A useful condensation of the Stage 3 proposals to date...

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Insight: Poll shows healthy young adults may keep Obamacare afloat

Insight: Poll shows healthy young adults may keep Obamacare afloat | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,053 uninsured Americans, and detailed interviews with 51 of the respondents, shows... Obamacare may attract enough of the young healthy adults it needs to buy insurance to offset the costs of covering sicker Americans and keep the system afloat financially.

 
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Original ACA rules could leave millions without coverage

Some of the nation's poorest residents may not get any healthcare assistance at all because of the income eligibility and coverage vagaries of the Affordable Care Act--a fact that could wind up impacting hospitals in specific regions of the country.
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