As things appear today, come January, 2014 when HIXs and Medicaid programs must be operational, very few states will be rolling out a truly "no wrong door" offering that includes SNAP and TANF -- making now the time to take action.
When shopping for health insurance in the imminent exchanges, the experience should be as easy as the one at an online retailer like Amazon, but also respectful of the implications of the decisions being made on the health and financial stability of consumers.
Because an unprecedented amount of sensitive personal data will flow through health insurance exchanges, consumers and healthcare organizations must demand that robust security be driven into the operational fabric of the HIX, alongside proactive risk management that is pervasive at all levels of the ecosystem.
Often seen as a black box, RAT-STATS is more akin to a simple calculator. And when the government comes to investigate healthcare providers for abuse or fraud, it pays to understand the software's intricacies and weaknesses to build a sound defense.
Health insurance exchanges require smarter analytics to reduce costs and ensure appropriate interventions. That starts with pulling together non-traditional data sources, tapping mobile technologies, measuring performance and insisting upon transparent BI tools.
As the popular federal health IT leader prepares to leave his post, accountable care is making progress, but the ONC is also facing a challenging balancing act between supporting clinicians and regulating them.
Foreign policy trumps healthcare on the campaign trail, states oppose Medicaid, three GOP governors put politics over policy, AOA calls ICD-10 a "nightmare" and more ... This Week in Government Health IT.
The backlash has begun. And despite a new poll suggesting the ACA has garnered a small rise in popularity, many pundits are suggesting the ruling could ultimately harm Obama, and the ACA, more than help.
This Week in Government Health IT: What the ICD-10 delay really means, CMS touts MSSP ACOs many of which are physician-led, a pair of HIEs adopt Direct, and the PHI questions to ask all your business associates.