At least one major vendor disputes the fear that software won't be ready. But it's still too early to tell whether smaller computer-assisted coding, EHR, practice management and revenue cycle software makers will arrive at ICD-10 on time -- and what will happen if they don't.
Election uncertainty made holding off on a health insurance exchange or Medicaid expansion appealing to conservative Governors. And while many are still resisting, experts in the trenches believe that is on the verge of changing now that President Obama has been reelected.
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.
Foreign policy trumps healthcare on the campaign trail, states oppose Medicaid, three GOP governors put politics over policy, AOA calls ICD-10 a "nightmare" and more ... This Week in Government Health IT.