The federal government is offering $51 million for R&D in metabolomics, as more public health efforts turn to early diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes as key to preventing and managing the costly illness.
The same software commonly used in academic settings has potential to clear up much of the confusion around upcoding, cutting and pasting of medical records, and the fraud and abuse concerns the practice has triggered.
CMS, IRS and federal watchdog officials explained the federal data hub's progress to a skeptical, at times confrontational House subcommittee. While CMS says its on track, the IRS still has to prove key functions.
Less than 25 percent of HIEs can cover their operating costs through user revenue, and HITECH funding will run out later this year. Boosting participation by payers (a key beneficiary of HIE) is one solution, a study suggests.
Amid state and federal probes into possible conflicts of interest in the 2012 contract award, CNSI is suing the Louisiana health department and arguing that the termination is costing taxpayers millions in the long-run.
Evidence from Massachusetts community providers suggests that EHRs can facilitate increases or decreases in medical costs, and that in Medicaid, the documentation technology may fit best with capitated payments.
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.