The proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule seeks to make more episode-based payments, while the proposed physician payment rule contains changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive program. >>>
New federal guidelines aim for electronic health record systems to be used in a way that improves care and patient safety, and to ensure that system designs don't make certain types of errors more likely to happen. >>>
Employers have an additional year—until Jan. 1, 2015—before reporting requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect. The unexpected policy decision comes in response to employer concerns about the complexity of data reporting requirements. >>>
In an interview, Clay Phillips, director of provider relations and communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, acknowledges that the nation's healthcare system "is simply unsustainable in its current course," and discusses some of the challenges payers are facing. >>>
Try to imagine the ripple effect of punching a $4 billion hole in the economy of a state whose lawmakers refuse federal Medicaid subsidies. It's not just hospital jobs that will disappear. Ancillary support jobs in healthcare and other businesses will wither, too. >>>
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