While many policyholders don't yet understand that their existing plans won't meet Affordable Care Act standards that take hold next year, health policy experts explain that despite the coming higher sticker prices, many people will qualify for subsidies.
Healthcare IT News' top 10 list of the largest healthcare data breaches of 2012 should send a blaring message: Healthcare organizations are not taking the steps necessary to protect patients' personal health information.
CMS contracts with eight vendors over 10 years to better integrate its IT business systems and health information with demands of health reform, EHR meaningful use and increasing Medicare beneficiaries.
National Government Services, Inc. announces it has been selected by TurningPoint Global Solutions, LLC, as a subcontractor for a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Program Integrity (CPI) contract to reduce fraud, waste, abuse, and errors in the Medicare program. CPI is implementing a National Fraud Prevention Program (NFPP) focused on prevention and detection that is integrated, risk-based, and measurable.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is deploying a new model for processing compensation benefits claims at 16 VA regional offices. The new model is part of a comprehensive transformation plan designed to yield an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 additional compensation claim decisions annually, while ensuring Veterans most in need receive priority attention.
Investment in the doctor patient relationship received another boost from WellPoint and CMS today. WellPoint’s industry leading primary care program was given a vote of confidence by CMS, as the agency announced the markets selected for its Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. WellPoint’s affiliated health plans in Colorado, Ohio and New York were selected to participate.
Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc. (IHIE), the nation’s largest health information exchange, together with SeeMyRadiology.com, a cloud-based medical imaging platform, are making it easier for Indiana physicians and hospitals to access and share radiology images with the launch of ImageZone.
WellPoint, Inc. has announced that it has joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of major corporations that have jointly committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. As the first health benefits company to join the coalition, WellPoint has made a commitment to hiring veterans and to helping those returning to civilian life find employment and transition into the next phase of their lives. For the period ending March 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 10.3 percent. 834,000 veterans remain unemployed.
Humana Military Healthcare Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Humana Inc., announces it has entered a one-year U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor-Protégé agreement with Professional Management Enterprises, Inc (PME) of Indianapolis, Indiana, assisting the company in improving and successfully competing for Federal Government contracts. PME is an SBA section 8(a), service disabled Veteran-owned small business offering contract Staffing Optimization Solutions (SOS) for contract staffing optimization.
At the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco from Sept. 22-27, Health 2.0 will organize the first ever Innovation Exchange for the Beacon Communities, a "match-making" event between technology innovators and health care organizations. Health 2.0 welcomes the interest and participation from the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) and Center for Technology and Aging.