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  • FDA orders restaurant chains to post calorie counts
    The Washington Post: It’s about to get a lot tougher to hide from calories.Chain restaurants, vending machines, grocery stores, coffee shops and pizza joints will soon have to display detailed calorie information on their menus under long-awaited r…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 12:36pm -
  • Unreported GPO fees may cause Medicare to overpay hospitals
    Modern Healthcare: A government watchdog wants to know if hospitals accurately report revenue they receive from group purchasing organizations, a question that may have broader implications for the federal safe harbor that allows GPOs to earn and dis…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 12:35pm -
  • Wall Street bullish on Obamacare enrollment
    Government Health IT: A group of Wall Street analysts predicted Friday that enrollment in health law insurance plans will be higher than the 9 million projected by the Obama administration because insurers are aggressively courting new customers and…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 12:35pm -
  • VA issues RFI for commercial scheduling system
    Federal Times: Veteran Affairs released a request for information Friday for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) patient scheduling system to replace the existing one, which was partially blamed for significant wait times for veterans trying to see a p…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 12:34pm -
  • U.S. looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:45pm -
  • How telemedicine could be more helpful in the Ebola outbreak
    Government Health IT: As Congress examines the U.S. public health system’s response to Ebola this week, we need to take a look at laws and regulations that inhibit better treatment and increase protection for health care workers. Existing rules and…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:44pm -
  • Telehealth progress may stall in DC
    Healthcare IT News: The American Telemedicine Association is hoping an unlikely alliance in Congress between a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat will produce some strong momentum for telemedicine in the coming years.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:44pm -
  • Immigration order may indirectly expand health coverage
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): President Barack Obama's executive order temporarily lifting the threat of deportation for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants is not expected to change their eligibility for public healthcar…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:43pm -
  • HHS Embraces Innovation
    InformationWeek: The Department of Health and Human Services is redesigning how government works, through a program designed to foster innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. At the heart of the department's efforts is the concept of breaking down tr…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:43pm -
  • U.S. states get more, spend more on Medicaid under Obamacare: report
    Reuters: One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program, a report released by the National Association of State Budget Officers on Thursday s…
    - 9 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:01pm -