The challenge is on for the private sector to take the new Medicare payment data, and everything else that's there, and create decision-making tools seniors can use. Then there's the long-term transparency challenge for government and the healthcare industry.
The meaningful use program progresses from its launch in 2011, and the federal government continues to pay out billions in incentives. Now, some members of a federal advisory board question the sluggish start so far for 2014.
The panel hasn't had a meeting and no one's even been nominated for it yet, but the Obama administration's fiscal 2015 budget request says the health law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as IPAB, could save the government triple what officials estimated last year.
This week in Government Health IT: Reports expose state and local governments as ill-prepared, whether that be for Big Data or cyber-attacks. Also, think tanks talk patient-centered care for cost-savings.