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What you need to know about the health-care exchanges

What you need to know about the health-care exchanges | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
“The Best ObamaCare Guide” answers your questions about the new insurance programs.
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Cerner, Epic Acquired 75% of New EHR Hospital Business Last Year

Cerner and Epic combined acquired slightly more than 75 percent of new electronic health record contracts at large (more than 200 beds) acute-care hospitals last year
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SC hospitals gobble up doctor practices in evolving healthcare environment

SC hospitals gobble up doctor practices in evolving healthcare environment | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
It’s happening in the Upstate and across the nation — hospitals are acquiring more physician practices as they prepare to move away from a fee-for-service reimbursement system that pays for services and treatments to one that focuses more on...
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Many Hospitals at Risk for Electronic Health Record Penalties

Small and rural U.S. hospitals are most at risk of not satisfying certain federal requirements for using electronic health record systems, a new study reports.

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The report is here; http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/8/1355

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A Fundamental Breakdown of 3 Major EHR Companies

A Fundamental Breakdown of 3 Major EHR Companies | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

Which EHR company is the most fundamentally sound, based on past, present and future valuations?

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ONC Releases Updated MU Attestation Numbers thru July 31

ONC Releases Updated MU Attestation Numbers thru July 31 | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT along with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services have compiled a list of Electronic Health Record products used for the attestation of Meaningful Use under the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The file containing this data is in a csv format and is updated monthly.

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Actually, not much news here - less than a 3% increase in attestations. Not surprising, given that most are mid-year in their second or third year of demonstrating MU. But it's good to have the current data!

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Kentucky Medicaid expansion, healthcare exchanges proceed with judge's approval

Kentucky Medicaid expansion, healthcare exchanges proceed with judge's approval | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
The Beshear administration's plans to expand Medicaid and begin enrollment in Kentucky's new healthcare exchange survived their first court challenge Tuesday.
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Health Care Reform Heightens Employers' Strategic Plans for Health Care Benefits

Over the short term, employers plan to retain active medical plans amid projected cost increase and excise tax concerns; greater change expected to retiree medical plans.
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U.S. scores low on health-insurance literacy

U.S. scores low on health-insurance literacy | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

 According to a survey released today by the American Institute of CPAs, many don’t understand some key, basic facts about health insurance. The telephone survey of 1,008 U.S. adults, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 51% could not accurately define at least one of three common terms: premium, deductible and co-pay.

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Stage 3 MU must tackle care disparities

Stage 3 MU must tackle care disparities | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor organizations, has published an action plan designed to ensure that disparities of care are a critical focus of Stage 3 meaningful use.

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Meaningful Use Dropout Rate At 17 Percent

Meaningful Use Dropout Rate At 17 Percent | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
A 17% loss rate in any business is wholly unacceptable, and this failure does not portend well for the future of the EHR Incentive Program.
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While I don't share the dire predictions, it is a sobering perspective.
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ObamaCare Will Make Us Smarter Healthcare Consumers

ObamaCare Will Make Us Smarter Healthcare Consumers | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
ObamaCare is not going to reduce the financial burden of health care for the majority of Americans who are privately insured; rather, the private insurance system is going to continue pushing cost responsibility to consumers.
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Hospitals buying more doctors' practices

Hospitals buying more doctors' practices | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

Hospitals across the country are buying more physician practices as they prepare to move away from fee-for-service reimbursements to a system that pays for treatments focusing on outcomes and cost containment.

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Technical snafus confuse charges for Obamacare plans

Technical snafus confuse charges for Obamacare plans | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Technical glitches still plague the display of new healthcare plans to be offered to millions of uninsured Americans starting in 26 days, including how medical charges and deductibles...
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Four Ways ACO Participation Will Change Your Practice

Four Ways ACO Participation Will Change Your Practice | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
If you are participating in an ACO, or hope to participate in one soon, here are some of the biggest changes you will need to make,
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Xerox Helps States Collect More Than $1.7 Billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

Xerox Helps States Collect More Than $1.7 Billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it

Xerox has processed and disbursed more than $1.7 billion in federal incentives to healthcare providers who use electronic health reacords.

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CMS has paid nearly $15.9B in incentives already.

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This simple, 7-minute cartoon makes health care reform -- or Obamacare -- easy to understand (Video)

Here's a fun, 7-minute video that explains Obamacare.
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//Highly Recommended!//

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The Great EHR Migration: Why Two Organizations Made the Switch

More than one in six providers currently using an electronic health record system has plans to change vendors within the next year.
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Examples of Bad Hospital Workflows Meshing Poorly with EHR

Examples of Bad Hospital Workflows Meshing Poorly with EHR | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
In this LinkedIn discussion about California Nurses Slamming Sutter's Epic EHR, Cameron Collette offers some of the best real life examples of hospital workflows causing issues with an EHR system. ...
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Can Meaningful Use Stage 3 Tackle Health Disparities?

Can Meaningful Use Stage 3 Tackle Health Disparities? | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth has published an evidence-based action plan for leveraging meaningful use stage 3 to reduce health disparities.
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How do cloud-based EHRs address common implementation woes?

How do cloud-based EHRs address common implementation woes? | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
How do cloud-based EHRs address common implementation woes?
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A nice high-level review of the issues.

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Electronic Health Records and the NYC Macroscope: Q&A with Carolyn Greene

Electronic Health Records and the NYC Macroscope: Q&A with Carolyn Greene | Healthcare Now | Scoop.it
NewPublicHealth spoke with Carolyn Greene, MD, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Division of Epidemiology, about the plans and goals for the NYC Macroscope program.
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Meaningful Use Stage 2 Beta - A Suggestion

The proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 Beta is achievable with 2011 CEHRT, and allowing it to be used along with the 2014 CEHRT for an interim Stage 2 Beta, should provide immediate resolution to the problem at hand. Since most 2011 CEHRT contain functionality to meet the problematic measures anyway, my guess would be that these newly designated Menu measures will be very popular with Stage 2 Beta attestations, particularly because many of the current Stage 2 Menu measures are heavily dependent on non-existing third party infrastructure. And just so CMS doesn’t feel that it is giving away too much by allowing 2011 CEHRT to be used for a slightly less stringent Core set, let's up the ante on the Menu measures and require that 5 are satisfied instead of the current three. 

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A lousy idea: we don't need more versions of the rules. Instead, let's extend the time it takes to complete your 90days / calendar quarter of demonstration.

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