State governments have a big job ahead in educating the public during the next several months as marketplaces are established. Many citizens will need hand-holding to understand the best healthcare option for them.
A new report recommends myriad ways to reform payment, taxes, HIT and other programs essentially en route to more efficient and effective care delivery, with the goal of $560 billion worth of deficit reduction in the coming decade.
Looking at gaps across the healthcare spectrum that HIE still needs to fill, the ONC Information Exchange Workgroup is suggesting HHS, CMS and ONC look at the policy options they could use to streamline and incentivize information sharing.
In a white paper and a letter to the healthcare community, a group of Republican Senators wants to re-examine federal health IT policy, with a greater focus on interoperability and provider financial sustainability.
Even as the 2013 budget is technically not completed amid the sequester, HHS and President Obama are looking to 2014 to set priorities for health programs, including increased funding for the CDC, NIH, AHRQ and CMS.