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With final interoperability roadmap, ONC aims to put plans into action

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published the final version of its interoperability roadmap, a document that National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo called the culmination of "six years of success in adopting electronic health records," as well as of actions on the part of the federal government.

Are kickbacks inherent to doc hospital employment?

Adding to a growing chorus of concerns about the relationship between doctors and hospitals, a Florida whistleblower argues that hospitals have a pattern of violating anti-kickback laws with formerly independent physicians, according to Kaiser Health News.

3 ways to make insurance coverage of health IT more cost-effective

New technology is making a big impact on the healthcare industry, and health insurance plans now are pressed to cover nearly every medical innovation, according to a new discussion paper from The Hamilton Project, which offers suggestions for how to encourage the development of medical tools that offer the best value for the money.

Physician practices see post-ACA revenue growth

Physicians have experienced revenue growth in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Surprisingly, the effect was more pronounces among states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility

Survey reveals what the best, worst states to practice share in common

For nearly a decade, Physicians Practice has ranked the best states to practice, using an algorithm that weighs factors including cost of living, physician density, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita, malpractice paid loss and reimbursement compared to the cost to treat patients.

Care scarce for opioid-addicted pregnant women

Adults who become addicted to prescription painkillers aren't always the only patients their doctors must consider. Women who are pregnant and addicted risk having babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other substance-related complications, and often have difficulty obtaining proper care for themselves or their unborn children, according to a report from  MedPage Today.  

New OCR online platform allows HIT developers to vent HIPAA concerns

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights on Monday launched an online platform that enables health technology developers to pose questions and concerns about HIPAA privacy protection.

Lawmakers, White House tackle Medicare premium hike

A concerned White House and Congress are exploring strategies to mitigate the steep rise in premiums set to hit some Medicare beneficiaries next year, the  New York Times  reports.

Supreme Court eyes health insurance cases

Those who have watched the evolution of the Affordable Care Act know that the Supreme Court can play a pivotal role in shaping health policy. And the Court's newest term--which begins today--is no exception, with several politically charged cases up for consideration, some of which have implications for the health insurance industry.

Can Clinton's health insurance plans really work?

Even if a Democrat wins the White House, the candidate would have little chance of implementing his or her plans unless the party controls both the House and Senate, argues an  article in the National Journal.