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Lawmakers: CMS must create ICD-10 contingency plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must make an ICD-10 contingency plan for how Medicare will process claims if on the implementation date--Oct. 1--the agency is unable to process the new codes, House lawmakers say in a letter to Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

CMS opens up claims data for makers of commercial products

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is opening up its data stores to innovators to help them create tools for the commercial marketplace, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the agency, said Tuesday morning at Health Datapalooza. 

Aetna, Premera execs: Innovation key for value-based care

Health payers, much like providers, know that innovation must be a top priority to ensure profits are turned and consumers are satisfied as government reimbursement models shift from quantity- to quality-based. Both data and technology will be key to that transition. To that end, at a panel discussion Monday at Health Datapalooza, executives from Aetna and Premera BlueCross discussed various strategies they employ to keep pace in the industry.

CMS: ICD-10 testing boasts 88 percent acceptance rate

Eighty-eight percent of test claims were accepted during the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's second round of ICD-10 testing in April, the agency announced Tuesday.

AMA to vote on telehealth guidance

At its annual meeting beginning Sunday, the American Medical Association's policy-making House of Delegates will vote on policy guidance to doctors on issues related to telehealth.

Check-in kiosks improve patient experience for San Diego provider

A new program at San Diego-based Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group to implement self-service check-ins at its 21 locations is part of the health systems efforts to better the patient experience.

3-D printed meds may disrupt pharmaceutical industry

The ability to print medications using 3-D printers may disrupt traditions in the pharmaceutical industry, according to Robert Glatter, M.D., of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

Court ruling spells possible victory for Teladoc against Texas Medical Board

A judge's recent ruling in favor of Teladoc against the Texas Medical Board may spell an early victory for the telemedicine provider.

AHA to HHS: 'Refrain' from finalizing MU Stage 3

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must "refrain" from finalizing  Meaningful Use Stage 3  until testing and refinement of standards can be conducted, the American Hospital Association writes in comments to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Brookings' Niam Yaraghi: US on the verge of realizing returns on HIE investments

A new paper from Brookings Institution fellow Niam Yaraghi examines why it's so hard to measure the benefits of the government's half-billion-dollar investment in health information exchange. He finds continuing promise in effective data exchange, though he notes that establishing such organizations has been a rocky road for many.