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Medicare diabetes prevention program could inspire insurers

By Shannon Muchmore  |  March 23, 2016

Participants lost weight and learned about healthy living while Medicare saved enough money per person to pay for the program and then some. HHS hopes the program's success will inspire employers and insurers to develop their own wellness programs. Experts say history shows they might.

McSwain steps down from Indian Health Service

By Michael Sandler  |  March 03, 2016

Robert McSwain on Tuesday resigned as principal deputy of the Indian Health Service, which provides healthcare and disease- prevention services to about 2.2 million Native Americans and Alaska natives, and has more than 15,000 employees.

Final unified post-acute care pay system is coming

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 03, 2016

MedPAC is wrapping up work on a report that outlines a unified payment system for post-acute care settings. The panel will vote on a formal report next month. It also plans to suggest the CMS accelerate its timeline of when the new pay scheme will see the light of day.

Texas community says it needs for physician-owned hospital to expand

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 02, 2016

A Texas community is rallying HHS to allow a local hospital to increase the number of its beds. Residents say Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital needs to grow to properly catch up with an uptick in local population and to prepare for natural disasters.

HHS will push nurses to use new codes

By Joseph Conn  |  March 01, 2016

HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is pushing nurses across the nation to use the LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and Snomed (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine) codes in electronic health records.

Healthcare industry giants pledge to ease interoperability, EHR use

By Joseph Conn  |  February 29, 2016

The 17 IT companies that made the pledge include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner Corp., Epic Systems and Meditech. They provide record systems to 90% of U.S. hospitals. Providers include Ascension, Geisinger, HCA, Intermountain and Kaiser Permanente.

ACA enrollment pleases HHS. Insurers will be tougher crowd

ACA enrollment pleases HHS. Insurers will be tougher crowd

By Bob Herman  |  February 04, 2016

Roughly 12.7 million Americans signed up for a health plan on the federal and state insurance exchanges by the end of the Affordable Care Act's third open enrollment. But the exchanges still face industry criticism.

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