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Health Care Reform is a Journey Not an Event

The recent passage of national health care reform legislation is an important milestone in the process of moving toward providing millions of Americans with access to health insurance. However, significant steps must still be taken in order to achieve the goals established in the legislation. Specifically, greater clarification is needed to determine how reform will [...]

9/28/09 – Weekly Health Care Reform Update at the Federal and State Level

Week of September 28, 2009 The Senate Finance Committee wasted no time last week in wading through a seemingly endless number of amendments to its proposed health care reform legislation (see below). The committee turned aside a number of amendments, including attempts to avert cuts to the Medicare Advantage program to help pay for expanded [...]

Rand Study Details Costs and Benefits of switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10 Medical Coding

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides incentives to modernize health care, including the upgrade to a new medical coding standard, ICD-10. Despite both incentives and mandates, health insurance companies, hospitals, and others want more data on the cost and benefits of the change over. We felt this data provided a good independent view [...]

HIT Policy and Standards Committees Commence Work on National Health Information Infrastructure HITSP

HIT Policy and Standards Committees Commence Work on National Health Information Infrastructure HITSP (Health Information Technology Standards) updated to the National eHealth Collaborative in early June 2009. Here are a few highlights:HITSP has moved rapidly to focus on meaningful use and ARRA's 8 priorities:1. Encourage technology that protects the privacy of health information2. Nationwide health [...]