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Colorado Launches All Payer Claims Database

Colorado set up its All Payer Claims Database (APCD) on November, 1, 2012.  The database is being managed by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care.  The APCD currently holds... Read More >

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Report on HIT

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a new report detailing recommendations for the transition to electronic health records. Health information technology (IT) and electronic health... Read More >

CMS Releases Final Rule on EHR Incentive Programs - Stage 2 (Meaningful Use)

On August 23, 2012, CMS released the final rule governing Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  These programs were authorized by the HITECH... Read More >

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative as a way to assist primary care providers in delivering higher quality, patient-centered,... Read More >

Obama Administration Announces Ground-breaking Public-Private Partnership to Prevent Health Care Fraud

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new initiative to prevent health care fraud.  This new arrangement allows state officials to... Read More >

Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, DME Face to Face Encounters, Elimination of the Requirement for Termination of Non-Random Prepayment Complex Medical Review and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2013

This proposed rule would update the payment rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Part B drugs and other Part B services based on national uniform relative value units (RVUs).  The... Read More >

Hospital Outpatient Prospective and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Electronic Reporting Pilot; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Quality Reporting Program; Quality Improvement Organization Regulations

This proposed rule includes an update to the payment rates and policies for Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers.  The rule also makes changes... Read More >

Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update for Calendar Year 2013, Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements, and Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Home Health Agencies

This proposed rule updates payment rates under the Home Health Prospective Payment System, which includes the 60 day episode rate, national per visit rate, low utilization payment rate, and outlier... Read More >

New health IT effort aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse to be tested in Indiana and Ohio

This news release describes a pilot program to take place in Indiana and Ohio, that aims to measure the effects of expanding and improving access to prescription drug monitoring programs (PMDPs)in... Read More >

OCR Right to Access Memo

This memo released by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) was put out to educate consumers of health care of their legal right to access their own medical... Read More >