Practice Management

2014 midterm elections: The impact on healthcare reformCould a Republican-controlled House and Senate cause a healthcare shakeup? Experts weigh in.
Medical societies seek extension of Medicaid/Medicare parityReimbursing Medicaid at same rate as Medicare would help expand access to primary care, lawmakers told
CCHIT set to close its operationsThe Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has announced that it will end all of its business operations by November 14.

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With MU2 under attack, DeSalvo works two roles with HHSIn the midst of ONC Director Karen DeSalvo gaining new responsibilities, the ONC’s meaningful use program has been under scrutiny, with many questioning its effectiveness.
Microbusinesses struggle to offer healthcare benefitsThe increasing cost of healthcare makes it hard for microbusiness owners to compete for employees with larger businesses.
$840 million HHS initiative seeks to redesign healthcare deliveryThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new initiative aimed at redesigning clinical practice and improving healthcare delivery.

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'Primary care cliff' threatens community health centersMore than 100 organizations have petitioned Congress to halt cuts to community-based primary care programs before funding expires at the end of 2015.
ACA demands may deter family docs from treating childrenThe availability of primary care services for children is changing, as fewer family physicians are seeing children, according to a recent Annals of Family Medicine study.
DeSalvo steps down from ONC position to aid U.S. Ebola responseFormer national coordinator named assistant health and human services secretary
Practice consolidation, hospital ownership drives up the cost of careTwo recent JAMA studies show that the recent trend toward practice consolidation influences the cost of healthcare services.

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