The range of managed care policies states have adopted in Medicaid modernization plans spotlight a variety of options that will be available for other states expanding eligibility under the ACA, but sound IT is still a common concern.
In 2007, as meaningful use policy was just being developed, AHRQ funded 16 clinical IT and mobile health pilots, and now it has found a rough baseline for IT's potential in patient-centered care models.
Medical researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine argue that prioritizing, or triaging, critical care in the ICU has been underused, suggesting that ICU clinical support software could go a long way to more efficient care.
A bill that passed the House in January would sustain funding for several public health preparedness programs in the areas of bioterrorism, infectious disease and natural disaster public health management.
The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of state Medicaid programs shows progress on interoperability and states mostly preparing to comply with the ACA's IT requirements, even if some are rejecting Medicaid expansion.
Through a pact with EHR vendor PCE Systems, the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services enabled sub-state HIEs to hook health networks with behavioral health and substance abuse treatment organizations.
More than 100 ACOs officially started in January, and amid perennial concerns over Medicare spending, federal health officials are hoping to show that ACOs can improve the program and reform care systems.