Anthem subsidiary wins $7 million EHR incentive program contract

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 12, 2015

The CMS has awarded Anthem subsidiary National Government Services a contract to help it disburse incentive payments to Medicare providers that have met the standards for meaningfully using electronic health records. failed to verify all applicants' eligibility

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 10, 2015

The federal marketplace for getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act lacked adequate controls for verifying citizenship status, income and family size to determine eligibility and subsidies, according to a new report.

North Shore-LIJ ventures into information technology

By Melanie Evans  |  August 10, 2015

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, a growing New York system that recently launched its own insurance company, will invest in an outside technology startup under a new strategy to vet promising entrepreneurs.

Innovations: Moving wearables into wellness

Innovations: Moving wearables into wellness

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 08, 2015

Tech-savvy consumers are tracking their daily steps on pedometers, entering their food into calorie-counting sites and participating in online forums. But until recently, their digital health world operated entirely outside the realm they entered once they became ill.

Arizona hopes technology will help Medicaid patients

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 08, 2015

Arizona is launching a technology outreach strategy to help Medicaid beneficiaries better manage their illnesses, including a mobile app. Experts say the initiative's success will vary widely for a population that may not have smartphones.

New contractor could be announced next week

New contractor could be announced next week

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 07, 2015

A CMS spokeswoman said the new contractor responsible for overseeing the website could be announced next week. The previous contractor, Optum, said in May it was stepping away from the job.

IBM's $1B deal for Merge intended to feed imaging to Watson's brain

IBM's $1B deal for Merge intended to feed imaging to Watson's brain

By Joseph Conn and Bob Herman  |  August 06, 2015

Global computing powerhouse IBM plans to acquire Chicago-based Merge Healthcare for $1 billion. IBM has been working for years to teach its Watson super-computing platform to think about healthcare. With the Merge deal, the company aims to help Watson “envision” healthcare.

Illinois Blues offering physicians a peek into its trove of patient data

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  August 06, 2015

In what Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is calling a "game changer" for independent physicians, the state's largest insurer is for the first time sharing data that will help doctors find the best healthcare services based on quality and price for their patients.

DeSalvo's HHS appointment heads to full Senate

DeSalvo's HHS appointment heads to full Senate

By Joseph Conn  |  August 06, 2015

The appointment of Dr. Karen DeSalvo as assistant secretary for health at HHS has been approved by unanimous consent of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and now moves to the full Senate.

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