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NIST OKs contract for HIPAA electronic toolkit
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Providers and healthcare organizations looking for additional assistance in meeting the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Security Rule may soon get their wish. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a contract to develop an new online toolkit and manual. More



Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

CORE work continues despite reform ruling
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An organization developing "operating rules" to tighten the HIPAA transactions standards will continue its work as a federal district court ruling that the healthcare reform law is unconstitutional moves through the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. The Affordable Care Act mandates development and adoption of a series of operating rules through 2016, but the court ruling puts the mandate in legal limbo. Still, the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange within CAQH, an alliance of payers and trade associations, is proceeding as if the reform law will continue to move forward. More

Reducing readmissions: How 3 hospitals found success
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Better discharge planning and quicker follow-up care are keeping patients at home — and helping to avert Medicare pay cuts. More

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Who needs to be included in an ACO?
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Discussion has heated up over who can and should — and has to be — included in the formation of an accountable care organization. A recent piece in American Medical News, for starters, makes the case that these groups — partnerships that are supposed to improve care and reduce costs across the spectrum of care — needn't necessarily structure themselves around a hospital. More

Alternatives to mandating insurance? Maybe
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Both supporters and opponents of the healthcare law routinely refer to the requirement that most people get health insurance or pay a penalty as the measure's "linchpin." But is it? Not everyone thinks so. More



2011 Legislative Day
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Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. With Legislative Day 2011 right around the corner, March 30-31, AAHAM is excited to present you with a jam-packed agenda for this year's trip to the Hill. This year, Legislative Day will be held at the Liaison on Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C. The deadline to register and to reserve your room at our special discounted AAHAM rate of $259 is March 4. If you have any questions, please contact the AAHAM national office. You may download a registration form and register online at www.aaham.org. More

New AMA resource helps physicians put prevention into practice for seniors
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With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, physicians now have more opportunities to ensure Medicare patients receive preventive services beyond the initial preventive physical exam. A new brochure, introduced by the American Medical Association, will help physicians help patients navigate the new Medicare coverage policies for preventive services. More

ONC will assess EHR adoption, clinical exchange by region
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has awarded two contracts for work that assesses the effectiveness of electronic health records and the progress of health information exchange, now that healthcare providers are beginning to move from paper to digital records. More

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Online healthcare information is more popular than ever
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Searching for healthcare information is now the third most common reason for going online, just behind checking e-mail and using search engines, according to a poll conducted last August and September by the Pew Internet Project and the California HealthCare Foundation. Eighty percent of those surveyed who have Web access said they looked up healthcare facts online. More

Orion Health, Health Language partner for standardized HIE terminology
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Orion Health, a developer of health information exchange technology, and Health Language, Inc., which specializes in medical terminology management, have joined together with the aim of improving patient safety, physician communication, clinical decision support and operational efficiency through Orion Health's HIE solution. More
   
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