The Department of Health and Human Services is putting into action its contingency plan and the number of employees ONC will retain does not even constitute a skeleton crew. CDC, CMS and NIH are also operating at reduced capacities.
The state of Oregon and the ACLU are suing to stop the DEA from accessing patient and provider prescription drug records without a warrant, exposing the fine line between protecting public health and patient privacy.
The individual mandate, among other policies, could help bring innovative change to healthcare. But some other health law provisions may just keep entrenching the costly status-quo, a new report argues.
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.
While offering health IT and medical training to providers in Saudi Arabia, South Korea is also sending some of its innovations to work in Europe. But its well-regarded national health system faces challenges too.