Karen DeSalvo to address HIMSS next month; HHS bought additional cloud storage before HealthCare.gov launch;

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> Newly-appointed National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., will address attendees at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. next month. Announcement

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services bought additional cloud storage shortly before HealthCare.gov launch, according to a Nextgov report. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bought $8.8 million in cloud computing power on Sept. 26, after stress tests revealed the site as it had been constructed could only handle about 10,000 concurrent users. Article

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> CMS recently issued guidelines clarifying that hospitals can use outside vendors to determine whether pregnant women or children are eligible under presumptive eligibility guidelines to enroll in the Medicaid program. Article

> Demonstration waivers, which at one time tinkered around the edges of the Medicaid program, are now a significant piece of the program's expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act. Article

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> Now that the federal health insurance exchange enrollment process is operating more smoothly, some consumers are finding surprises lurking within plans after they've signed up. Article

And Finally... Well that settles it; I'll bet the house on Denver. Article

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