ONC seeks comments on draft meaningful use Stage 3 recommendations   11/26/2012
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will accept comments through Jan. 14 on the HIT Policy Committee's draft recommendations for Stage 3 meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a notice published in today's Federal Register. According to the request for comments, the committee seeks feedback on new and revised meaningful use objectives and measures; proposed certification criteria for information exchange; 30 questions on clinical quality measures within the context of defined attributes for stage 3 CQMs; eight questions on privacy and security issues; and additional broad questions on the meaningful use construct. Comments must be submitted electronically through Regulations.gov.
Study estimates cost, coverage impact of ACA Medicaid expansion   11/26/2012
State Medicaid spending would increase by an average 0.3% or $8 billion through 2022 if all states implement the Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while federal Medicaid spending would increase by 21% or $800 billion, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. About 21.3 million additional people would enroll in Medicaid as a result, and the number of uninsured would fall by 25.3 million, the study estimates. That compares with 5.7 million additional enrollees and 15.1 million fewer uninsured if no states implement the ACA's Medicaid expansion, the Urban Institute authors estimate. The coverage and budget impacts would vary across states, depending on their current coverage, with some states seeing net savings. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ACA's individual mandate and Medicaid expansion constitutional, but struck down a provision that allowed Congress to take all Medicaid funds from a state that refuses to participate in the Medicaid expansion. States that participate in the Medicaid expansion would receive the federal financial support included in the ACA.
Hurricane Sandy Health Care Employee Relief Fund spotlighted   11/26/2012
An ad appearing today in Modern Healthcare promotes the Hurricane Sandy Health Care Employee Relief Fund, established to assist employees of hospitals and other health care facilities who suffered serious personal losses due to the storm, "even as they worked to ensure the safety of those in their care." Sponsors of the fund include the Greater New York Hospital Association, Healthcare Association of New York State, New Jersey Hospital Association, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, and United Hospital Fund, with support from the AHA. To donate to the relief fund, administered by United Hospital Fund, visit www.uhfnyc.org/hurricane_sandy_relief_fund.