In 2013, HIEs may be evolving in regions where there previously wasn't a huge need for information sharing. 2013 is also likely to bring a new focus on HIE interoperability, sustainability and clinical and business value.
A new report released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows modest state costs for implementing the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act compared to significant increases in federal funds, allowing some states to see net budget savings even as millions of low-income uninsured Americans gain health coverage.
After the National Association of Insurance Commissioners assembled a list of questions on health insurance exchanges, CMS has published an explanation of the technical and policy details of the federal data hub, the eligibility and enrollment system that'll be used for Medicaid, CHIP and exchanges.
The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency has awarded the nine year, $40 million contract to Acuo Technologies, for a universal clinical platform acting as a vendor neutral archive for enterprise patient imaging logistics.
The ONC's health IT initiatives and incentive programs are helping drive interoperability, federal health officials and industry leaders told told the House subcommittee on science and innovation. They also said national standards and investment in smart HIE designs could spur innovation and reduce avoidable care.
Among more than a hundred ballot initiatives in 38 states, voters in conservative states passed symbolic constitutional amendments opposing the individual mandate, while Missouri's law limiting efforts to craft a state insurance exchange could have some unintended consequences.
As states either begin or continue working on HIXs, they are bound to face a number of the same challenges that their HIE predecessors have encountered, namely when it comes to data management and integration.
Kaiser Health News found that of eligible hospitals, 17 percent are receiving fines for readmissions, particularly for patients with heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia. And it's happening in 5 states more than elsewhere.