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CDC outlines 'unprecedented' challenges of 2014

The past year brought with it 'unprecedented' healthcare challenges, including Ebola, Enterovirus D-68 and antibiotic resistance, making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mission critical, the agency noted in a report that reviewed the public health threats that ensued this year. 

2015 to be 'year of education and training' for ICD-10 efforts

Despite the seemingly constant threat of another delay to ICD-10, hospitals and physician practices would be wise to forge ahead with implementation, writes Deborah Grider, a healthcare consultant and current president of the Indiana Health Information Management Association.

RAC outpatient claims denials on the climb

Hospitals still continue to aggressively appealing claims denials by Recovery Audit Contractors and get a large percentage of them overturned, according to new data from the American Hospital Association's RACTrac Survey. And RACs also are becoming more aggressive in terms of denying outpatient claims for payment.

DEA approves EHNAC to certify e-prescribing of controlled substances

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has approved the certification process for the electronic prescribing of controlled substances developed by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), according to an announcement posted Dec. 12, in the  Federal Register.

White House issues guidelines on climate change for hospitals

The White House today issued new guidelines for hospitals to respond to the effects of climate change.

In 2015, ACA focus shifts to employer mandate, compliance

After a busy year, in 2015 the focus of the Affordable Care Act will primarily shift to the employer mandate and related compliance issues.

SGR repeal left out of federal $1.1 trillion spending bill

Medical professionals blasted last week's federal budget deal for failing to address the controversial sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula, MedPageToday reports.

The growing importance of breast density notification laws

Five years ago, the state of Connecticut became the first to require that women be told they have dense breasts and that insurance cover ultrasound scans for those women. Since then, another 18 states have enacted similar laws, and Congress is considering similar legislation, as well.

Congressional committee to hold ICD-10 hearings in 2015

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) called ICD-10 "an important milestone in the future of healthcare technologies," in a statement this week on implementation of the coding set.

FDA pushes forward with UDI system development

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pressing "full steam ahead" to develop a unique device identifier system for medical devices, according to Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.