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Making the most of SXSW EDU: 5 Tips from a conference veteran

For education professionals seeking to stay current with the most important innovations in teaching and learning, no event rivals the annual SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas, coming up on March 4 through 7. As you’d expect from its name, SXSW EDU is jam-packed with a Texas-sized selection of learning, professional development, and networking opportunities for teachers, principals, school administrators, researchers, consultants, and innovators.

12. February 2019
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    HHS releases proposed rules on electronic health data

    On February 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), released proposed rules on appropriate access, exchange, and use of data obtained through electronic health records. ONC’s proposed rules would implement provisions in Title IV of the 21st Century Cures Act, which prohibits improper technical barriers to information exchange, often referred to as “information blocking.”

    • 15. February 2019
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    Lawsuit challenges new rule cutting Medicare payments for some services at off-campus hospital sites

    On January 18, 2019, 38 hospitals filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging a final rule of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which went into effect on January 1, 2019.

    • 24. January 2019
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    Federal district court judge in Texas declares entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional

    On the evening of Friday, December 14, 2018, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas held, “The Court…declares the Individual Mandate (of the ACA) … unconstitutional”. In addition, the judge stated in his opinion, “Further, the Court declares the remaining provisions of the ACA…are inseverable and therefore invalid”. 

    • 20. December 2018
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    CMS issues guidance on Medicaid behavioral health delivery system reform

    On November 13, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to state Medicaid directors outlining a wide range of opportunities for states to design innovative delivery systems for adults and children with serious mental health conditions.

    • 16. November 2018