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Is another ICD-10 delay inevitable?

When it comes to ICD-10, a feeling of déjà vu is beginning to creep over me. Not only are interest groups both for and against the implementation out in full force, apparently another delay could be attached to a "must-pass" $157 billion spending bill for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services that expires next week.

New research to target physician attitudes toward payment reform

Amid the ongoing shift from fee-for-service healthcare reimbursement to value-based payments, much remains unknown about how clinicians' mindsets and behaviors will also change as new models unfold, leading two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers at  the Center for Health Policy and Health­care Research to begin a pilot study this fall in which they will interview physi­cians and staff, according to a post from the university.

CMS proposed rule delays ACO financial penalties another three years

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday proposed several changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that would give accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participate in the program an extra three years before they could face penalties for poor performance and offers a new model to entice providers to form ACOs.

Privacy, regulatory concerns top hurdles facing humanitarian mHealth data use

The top hurdles thwarting use of mobile data for humanitarian use, such as tracking disease outbreaks, are worries about user privacy and a confusing patchwork of regulations, according to new research from The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings.

Some hospitals fear stigma of Ebola patients

Despite progress in containing Ebola in the United States, some hospitals are reluctant to treat new cases because of the potential cost and stigma of caring for patients who have the deadly virus, the  Washington Post  reports.

AHA asks OIG to drop hospital compliance audits

The American Hospital Association and its consitituents continue to vent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General about the use of extrapolation techniques to determine how much hospitals have been overpaid by the Medicare program.

Why regulatory action will play a key role in mHealth advancements

For mHealth technology to deliver on all its promises there needs to be a concerted effort by government regulators to catch up with the speed of innovation, writes Mark Hines, a litigator at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Canada, in a column at  Lexology.

The consequences of caring too much for patients

Mounting research indicates that patient outcomes improve when physicians deliver empath etic  and compassionate care. But a new st udy  published in  The Lancet Oncology  suggests that physicians' objectivity can suffer when their relationships with patients veer too close into the realm of friendship.

Leading Senate Democrat calls ACA 'major political blunder'

A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead.  

HHS uses holiday weekend to drive enrollment outreach

In an effort to reach its goal of enrolling 9.1 million individuals on health insurance exchanges by the end of 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services is taking the healthcare reform law on the road on this busy holiday shopping weekend.