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A final rule being published Feb. 6 and available now gives patients or their designated representatives the right to receive copies of medical test results from laboratories operating under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.
Medicare revenue cycle audit contractors are continuing a public fight against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ evolving policies for audit programs, particularly the Recovery Audit Contractor program.
Insurers participating in Obamacare may have to expand their plans to include more federally funded health clinics, safety-net hospitals and other medical providers used by low-income people, under a U.S. proposal.
Are enough safeguards in place when family or friends have authorized access to patient data?
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has stopped its participation as a federal government-deemed certifier of electronic health records products under the EHR meaningful use program.
Uncertainty over the enrollees in individual products through the exchanges and the unclear impact of the industry assessment tax are key factors in the change.
The Internal Revenue Service recently drafted ACA regulations that offer some insight into what will be the associated monetary penalties for individuals who do not take up health care coverage.
More than 436,000 eligible professionals and hospitals have registered for the electronic health records meaningful use program since it began in 2011, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Unlike some other major industries, health care incorporates geospatial data only sparingly. But that could change quickly with population health a priority.

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