White House, Baucus, support ‘blended’ Medicaid payments

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said Wednesday that a proposal to implement “blended” payment rates for Medicaid is “on the ...

5 Strategies to Combat Health Reform Pressures

Health plan executives say their three major challenges are figuring out how to deal with healthcare reform, the health insurance ...

No New Health-Law Waivers to Be Given

The Obama administration on Friday said it would stop granting new waivers to the health-care overhaul in September following sharp opposition from...

GAO says VA not transparent enough

The Veterans Administration’s new resource allocation process uses a standardized electronic model, but the transparency of networks' decisions for allocating...

HHS releases 2012 justification for funding requests

"OCR’s requested budget will support our ability to protect the public’s right to equal access and opportunity to participate in and receive services...

Rural Texas Hospitals Eye EHRs

Seven rural hospitals in Texas will implement certified electronic health records software from two Texas-based vendors to go after meaningful use incentive...

As health-care law turns 1, supporters using occasion to shape its...

This week, a loose federation of left-leaning groups is convening nearly 200 gatherings to peddle the virtues of health-care reform. A women’s...

Georgia Group Receives Funds To Support Rural Health Care Programs

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded three contracts totaling $9.2 million to the Georgia Health Policy Center to support programs...

OCR Plans to Tighten Up HITECH Privacy, Security, Breach Regs

The HHS Office for Civil Rights plans to uses to powers authorized under the HITECH Act to tighten up a host of security and...

ARRA Stimulus Package: $20 Billion for Healthcare IT, $4.3 Billion for...

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), recently signed into law by President Obama, provides welcome news to technology suppliers who are...

ONC adds $80M to extension centers, HIEs and workforce programs

By Mary Mosquera The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has awarded a total of $80 million more for its regional ...

AMA to HHS: Medicare e-Rx penalty policy ‘unreasonable’

The American Medical Association (AMA) and 103 state and specialty medical societies are urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to revise...

Providers concerned about quality reporting in ‘meaningful use’

The federal stimulus money for "meaningful use" of EHRs was supposed to be exactly that--a stimulus--to encourage health IT adoption and quality improvement. If...

AMA meeting: Physician input welcomed on meaningful use, CMS official says

A CMS regional chief medical officer says past medical association suggestions have improved rules governing bonus pay for EMR use.

HIPAA, HITECH Final Rules Expected by Early 2011

HIPAA and HITECH final rules could be published by the end of this year or early next year, a top lawyer for the Office...