FOCUS OF THE WEEK
Medicaid Reforms Cause Varied Backlash
The concerns regarding Medicaid expansion are well founded and abundant. Every state seems to be approaching expansion efforts differently. As more data are collected and healthcare professionals go on record with their thoughts, strategies and approaches are being created. Here are some of the recent news stories regarding Medicaid expansion.
AHIP Medicare and Medicaid Conference Recap
The America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Medicare and Medicaid Conference took place in Washington, DC, this past week. Here are some of the highlights.
Meaningful Use, Health Insurance Exchanges Continue to Evolve
In August, federal officials released the final Stage 2 rule for Meaningful Use. The second stage calls for “hospitals, physicians, and other ‘eligible providers’ to increase interoperability of health information, adopt more standardized data formats, and generally make their EHR systems more capable than in the current Stage 1.”
ICD-10 Delay Causes Relief, Concern
Earlier this year, payers and providers were scrambling to figure out how to transition from ICD-9 codes to the new ICD-10 system by the original deadline of October 1, 2013. Considering the amount of time and resources necessary to complete such a massive transition, there was no surprise when droves of organizations and key stakeholders voiced concerns about their ability to meet the deadline.