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Cerner's military EHR contract expected to speed march to interoperability

Cerner's military EHR contract expected to speed march to interoperability

The U.S. military's giant EHR contract announced last week with a consortium including Cerner Corp. likely will have a major impact on advancing interoperability in health information technology across the entire U.S. healthcare system, experts say.

Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 01, 2015
Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.

CMS announces 0.9% hospital payment increase for 2016

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 31, 2015
CMS announces 0.9% hospital payment increase for 2016

The CMS lowered its final increase for hospitals rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.


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Home healthcare providers, 2015

Home healthcare providers, 2015

A list of the nation's largest for-profit and not-for-profit home healthcare companies ranked by most-recent total net annual revenue based on federal filings. Source: Securities and Exchange Commission; Internal Revenue Service. Published Aug. 3, 2015, p. 34.


Government

House approves funding to close VA shortfall

House representatives have agreed to the Veterans Affairs Department's request to shift part of the federal budget to keep VA hospitals open. The House included a late amendment to reallocate $3.5 billion to the VA's Choice program as part of the highway-funding bill.

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