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  • newCMS reduces pay bump for skilled-nursing facilities in fiscal '16
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): Skilled-nursing facilities will get a smaller rate increase than initially proposed by the CMS for fiscal 2016. The providers will now receive a 1.2% Medicare rate increase, leading to $430 milli…
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 15, 11:31am -
  • newAMA Backs Legislation to Delay MU Stage 3
    Healthcare Informatics: The American Medical Association (AMA) is backing new legislation introduced intro Congress that aims to address many of the problems U.S. physicians have with the meaningful use program.
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 15, 11:31am -
  • newHHS seeks updates on Health Center Controlled Networks EHR efforts
    Government Health IT: The HHS' Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) said it will ask for progress reports to evaluate health center controlled networks (HCCNs) as they assist in the adoption electronic health records and data sharing.
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 15, 11:29am -
  • newFeds release updated strategy against AIDS in America
    AZ Central: NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials have updated their strategic plan for fighting AIDS, setting new goals for reducing infections and deaths.
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 15, 11:28am -
  • As Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50, Use of Private Health Plans Surges
    The New York Times: WASHINGTON — As Medicare and Medicaid reach their 50th anniversary on Thursday, the two vast government programs that insure more than one-third of Americans are undergoing a transformation that none of their original architects…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 15, 11:24am -
  • Senate HELP Committee eyes medical innovation bill
    Government Health IT: In what appears to be a bill to advance medical innovation, U.S. Senator Lamer Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) on Monday asked representatives of the Bipartisan Policy Ce…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 15, 11:23am -
  • $38M in ONC Grants to Promote Interoperable Health IT
    Health Data Management: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is making available more than $38 million in grants to 20 organizations in 19 states to increase the adoption and use of interoperable health IT tools an…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 15, 11:23am -
  • $30 Million Program to Help Low-Income New Yorkers Get Mental Health Care
    The New York Times: New York is set to begin a $30 million program aimed at providing mental health services to low-income residents with little or no access to care.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 15, 11:22am -
  • N.J. hospitals sue state over EMS law
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): Two New Jersey health systems are suing because they say a new state law unfairly takes away their role as advanced emergency medical service providers in their service areas.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 15, 11:21am -
  • Five Key Questions That Will Need To Be Answered About the DoD/Cerner Contract (and Cannot Possibly Be Answered Right Now)
    Healthcare Informatics: When, at about 5 PM eastern time on Thursday, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it had awarded a massive contract worth billions of dollars, for the implementation of a commercially available electronic health rec…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 15, 11:18am -