At the 2018 HIMSS Conference, keynote speaker and CMS administrator, Seema Verna, spoke to leaders in healthcare IT, about the importance of free flowing data for patients and CMS's efforts to keep up. [cont...]
Policy and Regulation
The federal government’s unpaid balance for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) risk corridor program has ballooned to $12.3 billion. Simply put, that's a large sum of money that's not likely to get any smaller. With the federal government required to reimburse payers for their coverage, the risk corridor program is in a troubling place. [cont...]
Uh oh, we’ve got a problem here, if a new survey by HealthMine is correct, and there doesn’t seem be reason to suggest that the information here is not true. So let’s get to it, and you be the judge. The results are these: apparently 57 percent of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older don’t know whether their health plan offers telehealth. [cont...]
While platforms such as electronic medical records software and medical billing software have enabled healthcare providers to streamline workloads and provide more effective care, other digital tools including wearable devices and smartphone apps have empowered patients to take charge of their personal wellbeing. Indeed, apps and wearables, such as pedometers and heart rate monitors, are now widely by individuals on a quest to improve and keep track of their fitness levels. [cont...]
MACRA’s almost here; it ain’t going anywhere. But. Guessing on recent headlines, there’s a very good chance, if you’re running your own practice that you are not ready for it. Breathe easier, misery loves company -- you’re not alone.
These are the results of a survey published by Healthcare Informatics of more than 2,000 of your peers, almost half (43 percent) claimed that they need help with their MACRA preparation needs. Even more dramatic is that another 30 percent of these fine folks said that they are not at all prepared. [cont...]
For those following the politics of healthcare, there has been nothing larger than the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare) for the last seven years. Until now.
In the first quarter of 2017 the Trump Administration and the Republican-led Congress put forth the act that is supposed to “repeal and replace” the original social healthcare act. [cont...]