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What's next for healthcare marketplaces in U.S. territories?

The future of healthcare marketplaces in U.S. territories remains murky after the Department of Health and Human Services granted them exemptions last month to key provisions of the Affordable Care Act,  California Healthline   reported.

ONC's interoperability vision draws concern from federal advisers

While an official with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT provided an overview of a forthcoming interoperability roadmap at a virtual meeting of the agency's health IT policy committee on Wednesday, committee members raised concerns that perhaps the aim the agency's effort is too broad.

Everyone's to blame for weak EHR security

I fear the security of patient information in electronic health records has gone from bad to worse. First we learn that more people are withholding information from their providers who use EHRs because they fear the systems won't keep their information confidential. Now we learn that they're right.

CMS limits public access to hospital error data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has stopped publicly reporting data regarding several hospital-acquired conditions,  USA Today  reported, which means consumers won't find answers as to which hospitals have high rates of air embolisms and leaving foreign objects in the surgical field.

4 ways to leverage NPs, even with narrow scope of practice

While scope of practice debates rage on, many experts agree that advanced-practice nurses are crucial to meeting current and future healthcare demands. This circumstance is especially true in Massachusetts, home to the highest number of primary care physicians per capita, as well as some of the most restrictive nurse practitioner scope of practice rules in the country, according to an article from the  Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The silver lining for ICD-10 skeptics this time around

It's telling that the recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalizing Oct. 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 deadline was met mostly with skepticism, at least by hospital CIOs and provider organizations with whom I spoke last week. Still, there appears to be one big difference between this delay and the last one: Right up front, CMS announced plans for readiness testing for providers, including end-to-end testing.

CMS issues final Medicare payment rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday issued a final rule updating Medicare payment policies and rates for general acute care and long-term care hospitals for fiscal year 2015. The rule changes payments for value-based purchasing, readmission reductions, hospital-acquired conditions and disproportionate share hospitals.

Most states to revert Medicaid pay to 2012 rates

In an effort to sustain healthcare availability for low-income families, six states will use their own money to extend the Medicaid pay increase to primary care physicians in 2015,  Kaiser Health News  reported.

AHA wants court to dismiss government's two-midnight rule challenge

The American Hospital Association urged a federal judge to deny the government's motion to dismiss its challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' two-midnight rule and instead, grant the organization a favorable ruling, according to a motion filed for a summary judgment.

Banished to the basement: Not all whistleblowers receive windfalls

For some whistleblowers, it's worth the risk of termination and other retaliation for reporting misconduct in the workplace. After all--in addition to their good deeds of exposing wrongdoing, they may receive a portion of a large settlement. But not necessarily for whistleblowers who work for federal agencies, The Washington Post reports. In many cases, those employees are banished to the basement.