Under pressure from the American Medical Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made several important policy changes to ease physicians’ transitions to the ICD-10 code set, including advanced payments under certain conditions.
Nashville-based claims clearinghouse and revenue cycle management vendor Emdeon has agreed to acquire risk adjustment and analytics vendor Altegra Health for $910 million in cash.  more »
A nationwide survey of more than 2,000 primary care doctors found that 57 percent of physicians are willing to conduct video visits with their patients.  more »

New research reveals that 29 percent of U.S. broadband households own a connected health device—up from 27 percent a year ago—while 12 percent of broadband households own multiple connected health devices.

With a little more than 100 days until the ICD-10 implementation deadline goes into effect, the clock is ticking but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services insists it’s not too late for providers and others to get ready for the code switchover—even if they’ve done nothing so far to prepare for the new code set.

As the nation awaits the Supreme Court decision on whether premium subsidies offered on the federal health insurance exchange are constitutional, state legislatures continue to pass or consider bills to prohibit or establish state-based exchanges.

Several industry consultants and attorneys specializing in privacy and security issues praised the appointment of privacy advocate Deven McGraw to serve as deputy director for health information privacy in the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

Royal Philips has a new healthcare diagnostic imaging contract worth $500 million and Truven Health Analytics has closed a deal worth $86 million.

The winner of the second annual Osler national student app contest, created by a team of students from the University of Toronto, is a free Android app that serves as a semi-customized platform for post-discharge instructions for emergency department patients.

Health Data Management is announcing recipients of its 2nd annual Analytics All-Stars program, which recognizes organizations and individuals implementing analytics in innovative ways to improve the health of their patients and the financial performance of their organizations.

Information technology will play a central role in health insurance mergers and acquisitions as the industry continues to consolidate, according to healthcare analysts.

As the nation awaits the Supreme Court decision on whether premium subsidies offered on the federal health insurance exchange are constitutional, state legislatures continue to pass or consider bills to prohibit or establish state-based exchanges.

In the run-up to the October 1 ICD-10 deadline, many providers have completed key steps in the implementation process but still lag behind when it comes to testing, and most expect to continue managing the switchover after the deadline.

Shares of health insurers from Cigna Corp. to Aetna Inc. surged on speculation that the industry is heading for a round of mergers to boost profits.

In a June 15 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society voiced its strong support for a CMS proposed rule that would ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.

The Bureau of Primary Health Care is providing additional funding of nearly $12 million to 37 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs), which provide services to community health centers across the country, including the acquisition and implementation of health IT.

You may add to the many "silo problems" facing those who wish to use health data to its full potential the fragmentation of health and safety data in the typical American workplace. Yet, the two are interdependent and some of the nation's most prominent experts in occupational medicine say it is time to begin coordinating and quantifying the effort to improve the nation's health at work.
While healthcare organizations know that more of their future contracts will be based on value and quality, many providers don’t believe they have the financial systems to support these new payment models.   read more 
Doctors think insurance cards in Texas that identify HIX enrollees could serve as a reminder to pay their monthly premiums and reduce the number of unpaid bills. Critics, however, counter that they are akin to a Scarlet letter and could be used to deny treatment.  read more 
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