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As VA pushes for interoperability, national health IT conversation continues

Well, that didn't take long. The U.S. Senate recently approved a bill that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs $83 billion for fiscal year 2017, with added money slated for interoperability of its electronic health...

source: By Scott E. Rupp
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The Obama administration tightened rules for private insurance plans that administer most Medicaid benefits for the poor, limiting profits, easing enrollment and requiring minimum levels of participating doctors. For consumers...

source: Kaiser Health News

Top health systems in the country earned high marks in emergency room wait times, cost effectiveness and patient rating, according to Truven Health Analytics' list of top 15 health systems for 2016. The consulting firm surveyed 338 systems and 2,912 hospitals that are members...

source: FierceHealthcare

Here's the rub: $50 billion might be hyperbole, but $5 billion is still a sizable enough market to drive innovations that health systems can harness to engage patients, better manage populations and ultimately improve care and the bottom line.

source: Healthcare IT News

Financially clearing patients is becoming an important part of revenue cycle management, as it helps hospitals and clinics avoid debt collection. Revenue cycle management remains relatively elusive in the new healthcare landscape, as new regulations and reforms have led...

source: RevCycle Intelligence

There's been a "striking" rise in the number of quality measures that are publicly reported, "but no standards on how accurate or inaccurate a measure needs to be," says Peter Pronovost, MD. Does healthcare quality measurement ensure patient safety? Sounds logical, unless...

source: HealthLeaders Media

With rising healthcare costs and higher health insurance deductibles, hospitals could find themselves in trouble with patient bad debt if they don't make improvements in collecting out-of-pocket payments. That's the finding of new research...

source: Health Data Management

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