They get one year to solve complex problems. And then, whether they fail or succeed wildly, the HHSentrepreneurs such as Zac Jiwa and his brethren are cut loose. Jiwa discusses the obstacles and opportunities.
While states such as Louisiana are "trying to move the dial," toward more robust exchange, one official said during a CMS panel Friday, some people "will feel the slow progress is somewhat of a shortcoming."
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.
A change to Medicaid regulations will allow state fraud control units use federal funding to analyze Medicaid claims data for fraud prevention and tracking, with states given some autonomy in going beyond Medicaid data sets.
This week in Government Health IT: Reports expose state and local governments as ill-prepared, whether that be for Big Data or cyber-attacks. Also, think tanks talk patient-centered care for cost-savings.
A report examining the well-known Utah Department of Health data breach found an increasing correlation between people whose data has been breached and victims of fraud -- which is where financial institutions might be able to play a more proactive role.
While the design of the state's single payer plan may not be unveiled by the Governor for a few years, Vermont Health Connect officials see the exchange's IT and consumer assistance program as "a road, not a detour," to single payer and universal coverage.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has named Republican guru, life sciences consultant and telemedicine advocate Michael Wolf to lead the state health department, with long-term nursing care regulation likely to be one large area of focus.