HHS Offers Strategic Plan for 2010-2015

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has posted a comprehensive plan outlining broad HHS goals, objectives, and implementation strategies for the period 2010-2015. [More]

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Categories:Federal Health Care Reform

 

HHS Announces $51 Million in Planning Grants for Health Insurance Exchanges

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on July 29 that up to $1 million in grants will be available to each state to begin work on developing health insurance purchasing exchanges. [More]

 

CMS Seeks Applications from States for $2.25 Billion in Money Follows the Person Grants

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a competitive grant solicitation on July 26 for Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Grant funding under the federal health care reform law. [More]

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Categories:Demonstration Projects | Federal Health Care Reform

 

CMS Releases Bundled Payment and Value-Based Purchasing Rules

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a final rule on July 26 implementing a single Medicare bundled payment for a wide range of dialysis services. [More]

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Categories:CMS Regulations | Federal Health Care Reform | Payment Reform

 

Wisconsin Releases HITECH Plan

 

Wisconsin's health information exchange planning board released on July 19 its plan for developing and implementing an electronic health information network. [More]

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Categories:ARRA | Health Information Technology | HIPAA

 

New Mexico Health Care Reform Task Force Outlines Recommendations

 

New Mexico released a strategic plan on July 19 entitled "Implementing Federal Health Care Reform - A Road Map for New Mexico." [More]

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New Rules for Consumers to Appeal Health Claim Denials

 

On July 23, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS issued interim final rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers relative to internal claims and appeals and external review processes to implement provisions in the federal health care reform law. [More]

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New York Announces Additional State Health IT Funding

 

On July 12, the State of New York announced $140 million in additional State funding to support the development and use of health information technology. [More]

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Categories:ARRA | Care Coordination | Health Homes | Health Information Technology

 

Largest Medicare Fraud Bust in History

 

Media report that on July 16, 94 arrests for Medicare fraud for scams totaling $251 million were carried out in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston, and Baton Rouge. [More]

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HHS Issues Final Rules on Health IT

 

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released final rules on qualifying for up to $27 billion in federal reimbursement over the next 10 years in Medicare and Medicaid payment incentives to hospitals and eligible health professionals for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health record systems. [More]

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Categories:ARRA | CMS Regulations | Federal Health Care Reform | Health Information Technology

 

HHS Issues Proposed Rule to Strengthen HIPAA Privacy and Security Requirements

 

On July 8, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to strengthen the HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcement rules. [More]

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CMS Enhances Hospital Comparison Data

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on July 7 that it is expanding its website to include key measures and hospital-specific data on outpatient and emergency care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. [More]

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