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Medicare Fraud Enforcement More Than Window Dressing
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Healthcare reform will soon be behind us—at least the legislative portion. That means the mainstream media will be paying less attention to healthcare issues. That's good news. One year as the top domestic punching bag is enough. However, even if the media feeding frenzy moves on from healthcare, some legacies, like the recent increase in Medicare fraud enforcement, aren't so easily jettisoned.
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  December 31, 2009

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Marathon of Meaningful Use, EHR Standards Just Beginning
Just in time to ring in the new year, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Improvement Technology released two anxiously-awaited regulations providing both the definition of "meaningful use" of electronic health records and the standards to improve the efficiency of health information technology used nationwide by hospitals and physicians. The initial set of criteria will focus on collecting data electronically, sharing this data with other healthcare providers and patients, and finally reporting the measures to the government. The second stage of criteria would be proposed by the end of 2011. This will focus on structured information exchange and continuous quality improvement. Stage 3, which will focus on decision support for "national high priority conditions" and population health, would come out in 2013. [Read More]
10 Issues that Congress will Need to Resolve in Final Reform Bill
After months of debate, discussion, disagreement, and discourse, the Senate approved its healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590), on Christmas Eve. But healthcare reform still has long way to go, as my colleague Janice Simmons notes in this article. She outlines 10 obstacles to reform that still need to be resolved, including issues surrounding insurance exchanges and the legislation's language regarding abortion, to name just a few. [Read More]
Florida AG Calls for Legal Review of Mandate in Federal Healthcare Legislation
Did someone say obstacles to healthcare reform? Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says his office will conduct a legal review of the healthcare bills in Congress to determine the constitutionality of the individual mandate that makes health insurance a requirement. And on Dec. 30, 13 state attorneys general said in a letter to Congressional leaders that they will sue unless lawmakers remove a deal that gives Nebraska a break on Medicaid payments in exchange for that state's Democratic senator's vote for healthcare reform. The law violates the Constitution because it amounts to a tax break for citizens of one state, the group says. [Read More]
Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health
Learn how the Sisters of Mercy implemented changes to improve service quality through IBM Service Management solutions. These solutions facilitate a business process transformation that fosters a culture of productivity and continuous improvement. Download the free copy of Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health. (This headline is sponsored by IBM.) [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Common ground seen in gulf between healthcare bills
USA Today - December 31, 2009
Miami-based Jackson Health System's cash pot falls to dangerous levels
Miami Herald - December 30, 2009
Mayo Clinic supports bill but seeks more action on how care is paid for
Wall Street Journal - December 28, 2009
Five Health Stakeholders Respond to Senate Reform Bill's Passage
Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media - December 24, 2009

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