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Inclusion of telemedicine in VA overhaul bill draws praise

Telemedicine, much to the delight of some health industry observers, is a prominent part of legislation announced this week allocating $17 million to overhaul the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The costly side effects of the Halbig v. Burwell subsidy ruling

About 4.6 million people in 34 states could lose their premium subsidies if an appeals court ruling in  Halbig v. Burwell, which states that subsidies are illegal on federal exchanges, stands. What's more, there are roughly 9.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for subsidies in states with federal marketplaces, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

VA audit: Many employees manipulated data under supervisors' orders

An audit released this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system uncovered even more cases of fraud, data manipulation and staff intimidation to cover up extreme delays in care.

Physician practice: 4 things to consider before hospital integration

The drive toward accountable care that rewards doctors based on quality has the nation's small practices--and even some of the larger ones--courting hospital and health system buyers.  FierceHealthcare  examines the quesitons physician practices need to consider to help them decide whether joining a health system or hospital is right for them.  

Senate committee hears stories on observation status, two-midnight rule

The Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday heard testimony from healthcare leaders on the effects of Medicare observation status on seniors.

Patients withholding info from EHRs has far-reaching consequences

I hope I'm not the only person who finds the results of a study recently published in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association  on patient perceptions of electronic health record users troubling.

Physician groups speak out against Florida gun-gag rule

Physician groups across the country denounced last week's court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership "when doing so would be irrelevant to patients' medical care."

Task force: Opioid prescribing standards needed

Standardized rules surrounding the amount of painkillers physicians may prescribe for specific surgeries and conditions is a critical factor in addressing the deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse, and a new task force in Massachusetts will work toward that change and more, the  Boston Herald  reported.

Legislation would spur growth, interoperability of clinical data registries

Congress has delved yet again into data sharing of health IT, considering a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make recommendations regarding the structure and scope of clinical data registries.

Hacker charged with stealing HHS employee info

Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.