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HIX Bedeviled By Tech, Resource Hurdles

Scott Mace

The countdown is on and the make-or-break technology backbone of the government's health insurance exchange is shrouded in questions about security and privacy. One health insurance vendor calls the scenario "a nightmare." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

ICD-10 Transition Should be Major Focus Now

Hoping for a deadline extension, many physician practices are behind. Instead they should be highly focused on the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets, says one expert. >>>

Senators: Rural Hospitals Hobbled by Digital Divide

Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee suggest that Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has little or no idea of the challenges rural healthcare providers face as they grapple with Meaningful Use requirements. >>>

Top 3 Headaches of Healthcare Finance Execs

Funding difficulties represent just one of the challenges hospital and health system CFOs must contend with. Alongside new reimbursement models and an increasingly intricate revenue cycle, the complexities really start to add up. >>>

UDI Final Rule Still Pending

Patient safety advocates are urging federal officials to issue an overdue final rule on unique device identification. In the absence of a rule, "patients are being harmed," says one. >>>

'Redistricting' Considered for Liver Donor Maps

Researchers report that the existing distribution model of organs for liver transplants is unbalanced and depends upon longstanding relationships among medical centers. Organ donor advocates are calling for a change in the allocation process. >>>

ACC Registry Readmission Rates Now Public

Readmissions data from an American College of Cardiology's registry is now posted on a federal website, in a move toward more public reporting of procedural outcomes. >>>

Population Health Demands Clearer Standards for Radiology

Radiology leaders advocate standards-based medical imaging programs to reduce errors and improve efficiencies. The aim is to reward radiologists "not for more procedures, but for the right ones." >>>



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News Headlines

Medical groups resist possible standards loosening

The Hill, July 23, 2013

How Obamacare's 'privacy nightmare' database really works

CNNMoney, July 23, 2013

Healthcare exchanges threatened by delay

USA Today / CNBC, July 22, 2013

Community health center battles for patients' records

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 22, 2013

MN doctor's app may become a medicine reminder

Star Tribune, July 22, 2013

Obama steps in to push health plan as critical date draws near

Reuters, July 19, 2013

Why EHRs don't lower total healthcare costs

InformationWeek, July 19, 2013

Hackers hawk stolen health insurance data

Dark Reading, July 18, 2013

Cerner builds recession-proof 'bunker' for health data

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, July 17, 2013

Post-op phone checkups save time and travel

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, July 17, 2013



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