Tag Archives: Health IT

Pentagon Adjusting Retirees’ Tricare Prime Coverage

Starting Oct. 1, military retirees and their dependents living more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or base closure site will be moved from Tricare Prime coverage to Tricare Standard, according to American Forces Press Service. Tricare’s new contracts limit Prime’s areas of coverage to regions within a …

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4 More States to Run Own Health Exchanges, Total Hits 17

Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah have received approval to run their own health insurance exchanges starting in January 2014, Reuters reports. David Morgan reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are set to run their own exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and Mississippi has applied to run its own …

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EHR Medicaid Incentive Payments Nearly Hit $2B in 2011, GAO Says

Medicaid incentive payments to hospitals for achieving meaningful use of electronic health records received $1.7 billion during 2011 under that program, a Government Accountability Office report says. According to Nextgov, GAO also found more hospitals wanted to participate in the Medicaid EHR incentive program over a similar program for Medicare. …

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Gary Cohen: 14 States, DC to Run Own Health Exchanges

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia will operate their own health insurance exchanges and start enrolling customers in October 2013, David Morgan reports for Reuters. Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, told a House panel last week he believes states and the federal …

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McDonnell Chooses Federal Health Exchange for Virginia

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that the state will initially participate in a health insurance exchange system run by the federal government, the Washington Post reports. Laura Vozzella writes McDonnell is considering whether to create a hybrid exchange that blends elements of the federal exchange with a state-based system. …

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Panetta, Shinseki Move Health Record Integration Date to 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki are moving forward the integration of both departments’ electronic health records systems to 2013 from 2014, EHR Intelligence reports. Jennifer Bresnick writes the two departments expect to have a new timeframe in place later this month, with full deployment of …

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