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QSSI's HealthCare.gov contract extended for eight months
By Virgil Dickson | September 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has granted HealthCare.gov contractor Quality Software Services Inc. an eight-month contract extension worth up to $29 million, saying as it did with another recent award that time is too short prior to open enrollment beginning Nov. 15 to put the contract out to bid for new contenders.
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More choice, help coming to New Hampshire healthcare market
By Associated Press | September 21, 2014
New Hampshire residents signing up for insurance under the federal healthcare law will have both more choices and more places to turn for help in November.
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IRS finalizes rule limiting insurers' tax deductions for employee pay
By Virgil Dickson | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Internal Revenue Service is issuing final regulations regarding a somewhat obscure provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that imposes a $500,000 limit on the tax deductibility of health insurers' employee pay.
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Late update in EHR incentive program system could mean penalties for some
By Joseph Conn | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Through no fault of their own, a subset of physicians and other health professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program may get hit with Medicare penalties next year.
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Many new Medicaid enrollees in the dark about benefits, MACPAC hears
By Virgil Dickson | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Newly enrolled Medicaid beneficiaries are receiving little to no guidance from states or managed-care plans regarding the scope of services they're eligible to receive, according to focus group findings prepared for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
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Obama creates task force to craft antibiotic-resistant bacteria battle plan
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Obama Thursday signed an executive order directing the formation of a task force led jointly by the secretaries of the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture to develop an action plan by Feb. 15 to carry out priorities laid out in the administration's new...
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Security assessment planned for HealthCare.gov, Tavenner vows
By Virgil Dickson | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS plans to perform, by the end of September, a comprehensive security assessment of Healthcare.gov to determine if any site vulnerabilities exist, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at a congressional hearing Thursday.
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House bill answers providers' anxiety over EHR reporting
By Joseph Conn | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With pressure mounting on HHS to make it easier for physicians and hospitals to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records, two U.S. House members have introduced a bill that would allow providers to use a 90-day reporting period in 2015 rather than an entire year.
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GAO: HealthCare.gov website must boost security
By Associated Press | September 16, 2014
HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.
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Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use
By Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake.
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