Healthcare organizations have allocated significant energy and investment to prepare for Tuesday's historic launch of the health insurance exchanges -- and now they face a slew of anxiety-laden questions concerning the practicalities of HIXs.
The Department of Health and Human Services is putting into action its contingency plan and the number of employees ONC will retain does not even constitute a skeleton crew. CDC, CMS and NIH are also operating at reduced capacities.
As things appear today, come January, 2014 when HIXs and Medicaid programs must be operational, very few states will be rolling out a truly "no wrong door" offering that includes SNAP and TANF -- making now the time to take action.
The third annual National Health IT Week comes just before the public start of CMS's largest responsibilities, insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion, and before a critical juncture in nationwide HIE.
The office said the guidelines are building blocks for those providers who cannot receive EHR incentives but still interact with hospitals and physician practices that do get reimbursed for meaningful use.
As the Commission on Long-Term Care prepares a report for Congress, state Medicaid leaders are recommending greater state flexibility in long-term care programs, especially in prioritizing community-based care.
As the popular federal health IT leader prepares to leave his post, accountable care is making progress, but the ONC is also facing a challenging balancing act between supporting clinicians and regulating them.