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Jodi Daniel to leave ONC

After 15 years at the Department of Health and Human Services, 10 of which were spent as a director at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Jodi Daniel is moving on.

Ruling could trigger new Supreme Court review of contraceptive mandate

The Affordable Care Act may be heading back to the Supreme Court.  A U.S. Court of Appeals in the 8th Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri, ruled this week that the ACA unlawfully burdens religiously affiliated employers by forcing them to help cover the costs for certain contraceptives despite being able to opt out of paying for them.

VA scandal: Phoenix facility took years to address ER problems

The Department of Veterans Affairs must improve internal accountability for wrongdoing, the Office of Special Counsel said in a letter to President Barack Obama. The latest findings address the emergency department at the Phoenix VA, the center of a nationwide scandal that uncovered secret waitlists to hide delays of care. 

Amid institutional Ebola blunders, Georgia did everything right

The Ebola outbreak exposed numerous flaws in strategy among federal and international health organizations, but in Georgia, preparations strengthened providers and health infrastructure at the state level, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Pulmonary insufficiency concept in ICD-10 could cost CMS billions, consultant says

The concept of pulmonary insufficiency in ICD-10 could cost the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and taxpayers billions of dollars in waste, according to consultant Robert S. Gold, M.D.

Med organizations urge 'pause' of MU Stage 3

The American Medical Association (AMA) and 41 medical societies have asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan that the rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program be "paused."

Impact of proposed rule on transgender care unclear for payers

The Obama administration recently proposed a rule that would strengthen protections against gender-identity discrimination. But it's not clear how it will impact the health insurance industry.

ONC's authority needs to be clarified

Just how much power does the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have, and over what? Its clout seems to be ambiguous, at best.

Could insurer mergers lead to a single-payer system?

Since four of the country's major health insurers announced their plans to pair off, the primary industry reaction has been characterized by scrutiny and skepticism. But Art Caplan, founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU Langone Medical Center's Department of Population Health, is the rare exception to this rule, writing in an opinion piece for  The Health Care Blog  that stopping these deals is a "terrible idea."

Hospital M&A: Non-acute care facilities, digital health in, 'horizontal' hospital acquisitions out

  Competition and the transition to value-based care are two reasons for the dramatic increase in the number of health systems that have acquired physician practices, retail clinics and digital resources in the last nine years, according to a new report from management consulting firm Accenture.