They get one year to solve complex problems. And then, whether they fail or succeed wildly, the HHSentrepreneurs such as Zac Jiwa and his brethren are cut loose. Jiwa discusses the obstacles and opportunities.
An iPad loaner program for 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets and their caregivers will offer self-management and data share apps, while an online and mobile scheduling system hints and future plans for easier appointment-making.
The future of healthcare depends on data and the technologies to make use of it, experts said at the Government Health IT Conference last week. And while it won't happen overnight, a fistful of current trends are driving the industry in that direction.
The private online HIX is set to partner with federal exchanges to bring consumers another enrollment channel, and the company says its also offering states a free interface to create more ladders into the insurance pool.
West Virginia is the 23rd state, along with D.C., to embrace the ACA's eligibility expansion. While Medicaid spending is already its "largest budget driver," the Governor says not expanding comes with costs as well.
The Senate Finance Committee initially birthed the ACA, and now, in a lame duck session, the committee is looking for a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff. One compromise said to be floating around the Beltway could involve Democrats agreeing to long-term Medicare and Medicaid spending reductions in exchange for Republican support for tax increases.