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Will Payers Lead Digital Health?

Scott Mace

Payers such as United Healthcare are enabling connections among patients, providers, and employers. Insurers embrace data and the better healthcare decisions that will come of improved data flows. >>>


Editor's Picks

HIPAA Final Rule Raises Fines for Non-Compliance

The so-called "mega" privacy rule is not enforceable until September, but hospital and health system executives should begin reviewing current policies now to identify changes necessary for compliance, observers say. >>>

A Road Runs Through These Order Sets

A wiki-based project for sharing and standardizing order sets may open the door to sharing protocols, documentation, policies, and procedures among healthcare providers. >>>

HHS Announces $1.5B in State Insurance Exchange Grants

Nearly all of the six Level One grants are going to states that have decided to partner with the federal government to run their health insurance exchanges. All five states awarded Level Two grants are setting up state-based exchanges. >>>

Providers Push for Slower Stage 3 MU Roll Out

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives summed up the feelings of many physicians and hospital leaders when it asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to "reconsider the speed and scale for achieving Stage 3 meaningful use objectives by 2016." >>>

Real-Life Hoaxes Offer Lessons for Reform

How could people be duped into believing in the existence of a fake person or a fake hospital? These are cautionary tales about how credulous we all can be when contemplating the huge changes that must be made by healthcare leaders and organizations. >>>

M&A Roundup: CT's Saint Francis Care to Join Ascension

The nation's first for-profit Catholic health system is adding to its large footprint in New England. Other health systems that have announced plans to expand are Sinai Health System and the Mayo Clinic Care Network. >>>

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Cost Containment Lessons from Heartland Health

Date: March 19, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Obama officials ditch 'exchanges' in rebranding of healthcare reform law

The Hill, January 22, 2013

The (so far) failed promise of EMRs

Newsweek / Daily Beast, January 22, 2013

Virtual visits to doc may be cheaper than and as effective as in-person visits

The Washington Post, January 22, 2013

HHS releases HIPAA final rule

Government Health IT, January 18, 2013

Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Associated Press, January 18, 2013

CA health insurance exchange gets $674M fed grant

Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2013

The future of medical records

The Atlantic, January 18, 2013

Less than 2% of hospitals are paperless as Medicare penalties loom

Forbes, January 17, 2013

Mining electronic records for revealing health data

The New York Times, January 15, 2013

Are providers ripe for a massive medical records heist?

Government Health IT, January 15, 2013

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Webcast: Optimize the Nurse Skill Set—Lower Labor Costs and Raise Quality

Date: January 24, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services develops new programs and tools as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers must focus on the care continuum model. Join Glide Health Services and Huron Healthcare as they share their tools for managing nurse labor costs.

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>


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