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This week in NAHAM news
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The NAHAM News blog features an article from The New York Times, highlighting the debate among insurers over what constitutes "patient welfare" spending under the new health reform law. Also, on Sept. 23, private insurers will offer increased access to preventative care services, with Medicare and Medicaid following suit on Jan. 1, 2011. NAHAM Government Relations Committee member Michael Sciarabba describes steps that patient access managers should take to prepare for this change. You can read and comment on these topics and the latest public policy developments affecting patient access managers at

CMS awards funding to 6 states, DC for EHR incentive programs
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CMS awarded Medicaid programs in six states and the District of Columbia $5.75 million in federal matching funds to help implement electronic health record incentive programs, Modern Healthcare reports. CMS now has distributed a total of $73.32 million to 45 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More

Bias has no place in health care equality
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For most Americans, the response is automatic: When confronted with a medical emergency, seek treatment at the nearest hospital. But far too often, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face unnecessary obstacles that prevent equal access to care. More

Hospital stocks up as Senate advances Medicaid extension
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Shares of hospital operators rose as a measure intended to provide emergency aid to state governments to expand Medicaid cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle, removing an overhang of uncertainty for the sector. The legislation would provide roughly $16 billion in funding for state governments to help them pay for rising costs stemming from an expansion of the Medicaid program, which provides health care for lower-income Americans. More

HHS panel mulls patient control over select data
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The Privacy and Security Tiger Team began exploring how current technologies can help patients make decisions on consent and access to their electronic health records when more sensitive patient data is involved. The team, composed of government and private sector health care privacy experts, teed up questions related to how to accommodate patients who might want to exercise highly-selective levels of control over electronic versions of their personal health information or portions of that data. More

Policymakers press for public health IT measures
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Public health experts lobbied for including more public health goals into the "meaningful use" incentive plan, including ways to make it easier for public health minders to measure population health trends in chronic and virus-borne diseases. In the recently released final rule on meaningful use, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services required that health care providers use their EHRs to complete one public health objective from a list of options. More

OCR confirms Walgreens HIPAA investigation
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The Office for Civil Rights confirmed its investigation into the nation's largest drugstore chain, Walgreens, based on the same television media reports that led to million-dollar settlements with CVS and Rite Aid for potential HIPAA violations. The HIPAA privacy and security rule enforcer's investigation into CVS and Rite Aid began Sept. 27, 2007, according to each pharmacy chain's consent agreement with the Department of Health & Human Services. More

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HHS withdraws controversial breach notification rule under HITECH
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A recent HHS decision to withdraw the HIPPA final "breach notification" rule drew praise from patient privacy advocates, who cited the need for stronger privacy protections. HHS announced that the final rule for breach notification of unsecured protected health information, issued under the HITECH act, would be published in coming months. More

Illinois has new health IT implementation law
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Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law establishing a Health Information Exchange Authority to operate the Illinois Health Information Exchange. House Bill 6441, the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act, is intended to both promote and facilitate sharing of health information among health care providers within Illinois and between states, and to encourage widespread adoption of electronic health records. More

Advanced search tool to help physician's sort and retrieve vital electronic medical record data
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Researchers at one of the top five hospitals in the United States have developed an advanced search tool called the Queriable Patient Inference Dossier that helps radiologists and other physicians extract useful data from a patient's electronic medical record in a timely and efficient manner, according to an article in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. More
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