Regulatory

Community health center funding cliff could cause more than 100,000 job losses December 12, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
Centers' ability to provide care to underserved patients will be seriously compromised if the $3.6 billion cut in funding isn't immediately restored.
Analysis: What's in an FDA recall? September 18, 2017 | Richard Staynings
Last week the US Food and Drug Administration took the unprecedented step of recalling a biomedical device because of concerns over its lack of cybersecurity.
MACRA tools can do the heavy lifting, but preparation still required, experts say September 11, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
CSR uncertainty could cause 9.4M uninsured, 37% premium increase, report says September 11, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Insurers must decide whether to assume CSRs will continue, increase premiums, or leave market.
Manufacturers should make safe connectivity a central part of their design process and clearly communicate devices' interface characteristics, the agency says.
Insurers plan sharp rate hikes next year unless Congress removes uncertainty by appropriating money to pay discounts, about $10 billion in 2018.
4 former national coordinators, a CIO and a CEO weigh in on how to fix meaningful use September 11, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
A rock star lineup of health IT pros including Karen DeSalvo, John Halamka weigh in on where the program went astray and suggest the direction that government and industry should steer towards.
CHIP reauthorization complicated with packed legislative calendar this month September 11, 2017 | Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey this summer of state Medicaid officials said 10 states would run out of CHIP funding by end of the year.
Innate facing closure while House Ethics investigates lawmaker's involvement September 05, 2017 | Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News
The Australian biotech firm's largest share holder is Rep. Chris Collins; HHS Secretary Tom Price sold his shares earlier this year.
So often missing in the healthcare debate: women's voices August 28, 2017 | Anna Gorman and Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News
Women have a lot at stake in the fight over the future of healthcare and are more likely to be poor and depend on Medicaid and plan healthcare coverage for the whole family.
EHR Association weighs in on MACRA, 21st Century Cures, asks for fewer delays August 28, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Vendor representatives from Cerner, Epic and others argue that mid-course changes in direction only waste the time and money of providers and tech developers alike.
Providers still largely in the dark about MACRA as reporting deadline nears, NueMD survey says August 28, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
"I'm not sure" was the most common response to every question in this year's survey, NueMD said.
New bundled payment models will switch power from hospitals to physicians, Altarum says August 22, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Expect CMS to release more voluntary bundled programs by the end of the year that focus on outpatient payments, expert says.
'Mixed' results from payment reform efforts should steer future course, not condemn them entirely, Health Affairs says August 22, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Initiatives attempted "wholesale practice transformation," which yielded little financial gain or improvements in quality, authors wrote.
Northwell CEO named chair of Institute for Healthcare Improvement August 14, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling begins two-year term as board chair of IHI.
Litigation underway in fee-for-service vs. managed care coverage in California August 14, 2017 | Emily Bazar, Kaiser Health News
The lawsuit alleges the state illegally reversed doctor and court decisions for patient to remain in fee-for-service Medi-Cal.
Small practices plagued by complexity of Medicare regulations, show dim view of MIPS, MGMA study shows August 14, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Survey evaluated responses from 750 group practices, with largest representation from independent practices, groups of 6 to 20 physicians.
Texas doctor slapped with 35-year sentence and $268M in restitution for massive fraud scheme August 14, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
The Department of Justice said the elaborate fraud scheme "takes brazen to a whole new level."
The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act, filed in the U.S. House of Representatives, would mandate e-prescribing for controlled substances under Medicare Part D.
ONC kicks off EHR certification tool transition August 07, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will shift its testing portfolio over the next five years to include as many industry-developed and maintained testing tools as possible.

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