Category Archives: Industry News

IBM Watson Health debuts cloud solutions for value-based care

IBM Watson Health unveiled a new series of value-based cloud solutions aimed at helping providers, health plans and employers better manage their healthcare costs and quality. Continue reading

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Trump administration delays payer exchange deadlines, stalls on subsidies

Despite campaign promises to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act and an executive order meant to undermine the health reform law, federal agencies under President Donald Trump are now working to stabilize ACA insurance exchanges. Continue reading

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AHIMA Releases HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit

AHIMA’s new “External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit” will enable the reader to understand the requirements for OCR HIPAA Phase 2 audits, including ongoing future audits, and offers guidance regarding audit preparation and recommended practices. Continue reading

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Viewpoints: Health Policy Moves Back To Town Halls; GOP Wrestles With Medicaid Debate

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Continue reading

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Medicare Bundled Payments for Orthopedic and Cardiac Care to Proceed, HHS Says

A final rule by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that establishes several cardiac and orthopedic bundled-payment models under Medicare was recently delayed; however, recent reports clarified that the launch date of the bundled-payment mod Continue reading

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CMS Issues Final Rule on New Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies

HHAs participating in the Medicare or Medicaid programs should review their current policies, procedures and practices against the new CoPs and make modifications as necessary for compliance. Continue reading

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Trump’s Position On Medicare Drug Pricing Just Flipped Again. Unless It Didn’t.

It’s possible that the president and his advisers have not worked out a clear position on how to reduce the price of prescription drugs. Continue reading

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Trump Wants Medicare To Negotiate Drug Prices Directly With Drugmakers : Shots

When asked during his daily news briefing whether the president is in favor of having Medicare negotiate lower prices for prescription medicine, Spicer said: “He’s for it, yes. Absolutely.” Continue reading

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Slavitt to hang around in Washington

Andrew Slavitt intends to hang around Washington to try to resolve all the wars over the ACA, MACRA, etc. Continue reading

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Partisan Jousting Marks Price Hearing for HHS Post

Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) said Price had “the experience and the qualifications necessary” to run the vast agency which includes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. Continue reading

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