As the Commission on Long-Term Care prepares a report for Congress, state Medicaid leaders are recommending greater state flexibility in long-term care programs, especially in prioritizing community-based care.
Low-budget, quasi-DIY open source EHR software can offer cash-strapped safety net providers fairly good clinical and financial tools. But they can bring hassles, and one FQHC had to ditch its open source when things went awry.
The ONC's director of the Office of Science and Technology told the Government Health IT Conference to consider how technical standards can help solve future healthcare challenges, such as boosting EHR use in clinical research.
Arizona used $9 million in federal funding toward an HIX. But that was before it decided not to build its own marketplace. At least 7 other states have made similar decisions after spending federal grants. Here's where that money went.
In a Senate hearing, CCIIO outlined the agency's work trying to "transform the insurance market," while the director of Connecticut's HIX called shared responsibility "the hallmark of reform" and a young cancer patient recounted her story of coverage denials, bureaucratic wrangling and high debt.
Physicians interviewed in ONC-sponsored focus groups are either implementing or looking forward to seamless electronic health information exchange technology, while some are weary with parts of the journey.