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  • Senate panel to look into EHR usability
    Healthcare IT News: Unhappy with the state of electronic health records across the country two U.S. Senators have decided to take the matter into their own hands.Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee and chair of the Senate Committee on Health…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 12:03pm -
  • Survey: Healthcare Orgs are Confident in No More ICD-10 Delays
    Healthcare Informatics: More than 80 percent of healthcare organizations believe there will be no more delays to ICD-10, according to recent research from QualiTest, a Fairfield, Ct.-based software testing company.Although ICD-10 has been delayed two…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 12:02pm -
  • Nearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future
    The Washington Post: Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years af…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 12:02pm -
  • Medicare to pay hospices $200 million more in fiscal 2016
    Modern Healthcare: The CMS is proposing that hospices get a 1.3% rate increase from Medicare under a proposed rule issued Thursday.The proposed payment rule means Medicare would spend $200 million more on hospices in fiscal 2016 than in fiscal 2015.…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 12:01pm -
  • Rubella Has Been Eliminated From the Americas, Health Officials Say
    The New York Times: Rubella, a disease with terrible consequences for unborn children, has finally been eliminated from the Americas, a scientific panel set up by global health authorities announced Wednesday.
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 11:39am -
  • Senate panel drafts bill to speed cures
    Healthcare IT News: After a year of listening to patients, innovators, researchers, providers, consumers and regulators, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from both parties have released a draft bill aimed at furthering its work on the 21st Centu…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 11:16am -
  • New draft of medical innovation bill boosts NIH funding
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): WASHINGTON—A new draft of House legislation that creates significant new regulatory leeway for drug and device companies includes more funding for the National Institutes of Health, representin…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 11:13am -
  • FDA could approve drugs for new uses on less data: draft law
    Reuters: Draft U.S. legislation released on Wednesday could make it easier for drug companies to win Food and Drug Administration approval of products for new uses.
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 11:12am -
  • New Senators Form EHR Improvement Workgroup
    Healthcare Informatics: Lest people think Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) were not serious in their stated efforts to improve EHR usability, the two have started a workgroup aiming to do just that.
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 11:11am -
  • Florida governor sues Obama administration over healthcare funding
    Reuters: Florida Governor Rick Scott sued the Obama administration on Tuesday, challenging the federal government’s decision not to extend a $1 billion healthcare funding program for low-income patients.
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 11:46am -