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.
Facing a post-recession and post-health reform crossroads, many critical access hospitals are looking for new ways to fulfill their mission as rural providers, while also finding financial sustainability. Health information exchange is one of the current goals for Illinois CAHs, with support from state health IT officials and the HITECH Act.
The first woman to become Iowa's House Majority Leader, Representative Linda Upmeyer, has drawn on her continuing experience as a cardiology nurse to propose health IT legislation, involving the local healthcare community, HIMSS Iowa Chapter and the state legislature.
Official party platforms from both Democrats and Republicans offer succinct, one-sentence views into their plans for health IT. Some HIT experts would have liked to see more, others say it was intentionally vague, and at least one is relieved that health IT is not on stage.
Health Dialog announced that it will support the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) in delivering a program designed to meet the Triple Aim using an innovative Shared Decision Making approach. The Shared Decision Making program is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, funded through a $26 million Innovation award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to HVHC. The project is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1C1-12-0001 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The HVHC award was the second highest to be made across the 107 recipients selected from more than 3,000 applicants.