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Reform Update: Governor races could be referendum on ACA, Medicaid expansion
By Rebecca Kern | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With governor races in 36 states this fall, new faces in several governors' chairs could influence states' stances on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation and Medicaid expansion.
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Offshore health record storage may pose privacy risks
By Virgil Dickson | April 18, 2014
State Medicaid agencies could be putting beneficiaries' personal information at risk by offshoring administrative functions, according to a report from HHS' Office of the Inspector General.
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UPMC data breach may affect as many as 27,000 employees
By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 18, 2014
Pittsburgh-based UPMC now says the personal information of as many as 27,000 of its employees may have been put at risk by a data breach that was first reported to the healthcare system in February.
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Cost of treatment may influence doctors
By New York Times | April 18, 2014
Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of healthcare, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care.
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New health IT architecture requires interactive EHRs, scientists advise
By Joseph Conn | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
To help create a new health-information architecture, the current crop of electronic health-record systems needs to be connected using interfaces that will allow them to communicate with each other, according to recommendations from a group of U.S. scientists reporting on the nation's...
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Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center
By Melanie Evans | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties as the agency looks to expand the initiative.
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Last day for 100 Most Influential nominations
By Modern Healthcare | April 18, 2014
Today is the final day to make a nomination for Modern Healthcare's 13th annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.
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Big-data firm Explorys names Chickerella COO
By Rachel Landen | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Explorys, a big-data company founded as a spinoff from Cleveland Clinic in 2009, named Thomas Chickerella as its chief operating officer.
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Practice Makes Perfect: Collaborating with insurers to implement new payment models
By Jeffrey Milburn | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Last June, MGMA released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we address No. 8 on that list: collaborating with payers to implement new payment models.
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McLaren names O'Halla executive VP, COO
By Rachel Landen | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
McLaren Health Care Corp. promoted Mark O'Halla, one of its hospital executives, to the role of executive VP and COO of the Flint, Mich.-based system.
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