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States that expand Medicaid and establish Health Insurance Exchanges - both part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - should start planning early, should take advantage of time-limited federal funding to improve enrollment systems, and should emphasize online enrollment methods, says a brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Maximizing...
A new, highly personalized online resource for patients increases the delivery of recommended preventive services.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published a handbook for primary care physicians interested in launching a web-based portal where patients can review their records and manage preventive care. The portal, called an Interactive...
States might find it useful to have a database replete with health care service claims data to identify Medicaid fraud, evaluate disease trends, establish cost and utilization rates, and share price information with consumers. Typically such comprehensive data is difficult to gather because it comes from various public and...
One objective of the 2009 Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is to encourage more physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems. Physicians and hospitals that effectively use electronic health records will play an important role in preventing medical errors, reducing costs, and...
Sellers Dorsey announced key leadership changes aimed at business expansion at its annual meeting on October 23. Harvey Hurdle became the Chief Executive Officer and Sellers Dorsey's founder and current Chief Executive Officer, Martin Sellers, will now serve as Founder and Chairman. "I am honored to lead Sellers Dorsey and...
Opaque prices – the norm in U.S. health care – in a key driver of inefficient, ineffective medical care and rapid cost increases.  Transparency of health care prices - public reporting of prices - is an essential ingredient for a high-value, cost effective health care system. In recent years, rising...
Health care quality and patient safety have become increasingly important in recent years, particularly as part of efforts to prevent wasteful spending, hospital readmissions, and medical errors. Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), health information technology (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), and new health plan reporting requirements are among the many...
Health information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHR) increasingly play an important role in the U.S. health care system. Many providers and health plans are using technology to improve care coordination, engage patients in primary care, raise transparency, and lower costs. Health insurance exchanges (HIX), part of the...
Implementation of a Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) is a colossal task, presenting an array of complex challenges for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and states.  Regardless of your views on the ACA, the task of implementing Health Insurance Exchanges is truly extraordinary. In a nutshell, design and...
Communication with patients is at the heart of new primary care tools and models that improve outcomes and lower costs, such as patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) and interactive preventive health records (IPHR). Often, communication means electronic communication, and is part of efforts by Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans to...

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