HDM Top Stories

Subsidy Ruling Could Further Delay Employer Mandate

Two court rulings issued this week taking opposing views on the legality of subsidies granted to individuals who enroll in the public healthcare exchanges have the potential to further delay the employer mandate, say some legal experts.

Court Says Breach Lawsuit Needs to Prove Harm

Sutter Medical Foundation is at least the third provider organization in California to beat back a class action lawsuit following a data breach by arguing that no harm to affected individuals was established.

CVS Caremark Signs Deals with Four Provider Groups

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark has entered into new clinical affiliations with four major healthcare providers. Critical prescription and visit information will be provided to the providers through the integration of secured electronic health record systems.

Message to Congress: Strengthen Access to Data

Legal and regulatory barriers to developing evidence and communicating findings on treatments in real-world settings are interfering with the sharing of knowledge among providers, patients, and researchers.

GAO: Easy to Fake Applications for Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits

Undercover investigators working with the Government Accountability Office found it was easy to falsify information when applying for Premium Tax Credits to help pay for health insurance.

Survey: More than One-Fifth of Docs Avoiding MU Program

A recent survey of more than 18,500 physicians finds that 22 percent of them are opting out of or disregarding altogether the meaningful use electronic health records program.

Hits, Misses in Hospital Safety and Quality Scores

An annual survey from The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large employers working to improve care quality and safety at lower costs, shows some impressive gains during the past year but also some worrisome backsliding.

CMS Changes to MU Too Little, Too Late?

The American Medical Association appreciates a proposed rule easing some requirements of the electronic health records meaningful use program, but the rule offers too little relief and comes too late.

ACA Subsidies on Federal Exchange Overturned

(Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul suffered a potentially crippling blow as a U.S. appeals court ruled the government can’t give financial assistance to anyone buying coverage on the insurance marketplace run by federal authorities.

Employers Won’t Feel Immediate Sting from ACA Subsidy Ruling

In another blow to President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the plaintiff, declaring the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two dozen states due to the law’s specific language.

HHS Holds Behavioral Health Data Visualization Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking ways to make behavioral health data easier to understand and use.

CMS: Don’t Over-Rely on EHR Decision Support Alerts

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is warning against relying too heavily on clinical decision support (CDS) “pop-up” alerts when meeting meaningful use Stage 2 objectives.

Can Better Use of School Information Slow Flu Spread?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to learn if better understanding and use of school absentee information and school closures can help slow disease transmission during an influenza pandemic.

New ACO, Practice Management Accreditation Programs Launched

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, is launching new programs to accredit accountable care organizations and physician practice management systems.

Health IT Critical to Success of ACOs, Finds Study

Strong leadership, reliable healthcare coordination, and first-rate information technology are key for academic medical centers seeking to establish successful accountable care organizations.

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