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JASON Task Force pushes for narrowed MU Stage 3 focusing on interoperability

Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements should be narrowed to more closely focus on interoperability, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's JASON Task Force recommended in a meeting Wednesday.

States hold power to regulate, decide ACA issues

Insurers should look to their state regulatory officials and lawmakers for healthcare reform guidance since they're the ones who have the most power to regulate and decide uncertain issues with the Affordable Care Act, reported  The Hill.

FDA pubs cybersecurity guidance for med device makers

In a final guidance document published Oct. 1, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency outlines measures it believes medical device manufacturers must take to ensure the safety and security of their tools in the face of growing cyberthreats.

The drawbacks of drug-testing physicians

A California ballot initiative addressing the growing problem of substance abuse among healthcare workers may have unintended consequences, according to two opinion pieces in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

RACs collected nearly $4B in 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identified $3.75 billion in improper payments within the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program, according to  CMS' annual RAC report to Congress for fiscal year 2013.

Connecticut requires hospitals to inform patients of observation status

Beginning today, Connecticut hospitals must tell patients when they are in observation and not actually admitted--and inform them that they may be responsible for charges incurred during their stay, according to the  Greenwich

CMS report suggests a bright yet tough road for ACOs

Three additional ACOs left the Pio neer program this month, leaving just over half of the original 32 participants. 

MGMA: Practices forced to allocate more staff resources to regulatory burdens

As the regulatory and administrative burden on physician practices increases, so too has the expense of paying employees needed to perform this work. 

Federal judge rules against ACA subsidies

A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that Affordable Care Act federal subsidies cannot be issued to residents living in states that do not run their own exchanges.

Pressure mounts on CMS to cover CT lung cancer screening

The pressure is piling up on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to cover low dose computed tomography for Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for lung cancer.