The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, on Wednesday, ushering in some big changes for the ways physicians are assessed for quality of care and use of information technology.
The Government Accountability Office found that more than half of newly enrolled veterans were unable to access primary care and pointed to VA staff did not schedule appointments in accordance with VHA policy.
The bill gives the Veterans Affairs money to digitize claims processing, advance telemedicine, and modernize its electronic health record software, but only once it proves interoperability with the DoD and private sector.
Forthcoming best practices will help healthcare organizations become more penetration-resistant, more effective at limiting damage attackers can inflict and, ultimately, better positioned to withstand cyberattacks.
Analytics and machine learning are critical to pinpointing problems in large datasets that could be losing providers money. That's why some organizations are investigating every single denied claim to better understand trends.
Defense Department plans to implement first instances of new EHR in the Pacific Northwest late this year. Officials described the project as a new beginning toward interoperable, safe and secure records.
The five "agile" project grants of $50,000 were intended to create new research opportunities, an open infrastructure and data sources for the research community and new training opportunities for the field.
Advocates say parity has long been an "empty phrase" and it has taken the administration far too long to address the problem. They say insurers have been subverting the law in subtle ways, and the government has not aggressively acted to stop them.