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 •  September 13

Sens. Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson on Wednesday released an Obamacare repeal bill, framing it as the last, best hope to fulfill the GOP's promise to undo the health law. "There's a lot of fight left in the Republican Party" on repeal, Graham said. The bill faces long odds: Even some of its GOP backers say it would be...

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 •  September 12

The number of Americans lacking health insurance coverage continued to drop during the final year of the Obama administration, further complicating Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare. The uninsured rate fell to 8.8 percent last year, a 0.3 percentage point decrease from 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. A total of 29 million...

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 •  September 1

The chairman of the Senate health committee is aiming to break years of stalemate and pass a bipartisan Obamacare repair bill to try to stabilize health insurance markets in the remarkably short span of just three weeks. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) envisions a narrow bill that won't fix everything but would provide some assurances for insurers...

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 •  June 17

Candidate Donald Trump made rising drug costs a signature issue during his campaign and beefed up his criticisms after the election, saying in January that the drug industry was "getting away with murder." The comments unnerved drug executives, but six months later, the industry is no longer in a state of panic. The administration is not proposing,...

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 •  March 28, 2016

The Defense Department’s current electronic medical records system is clunky and inefficient. But at least military doctors know how to use it. When the Pentagon switches to a new EHR starting later this year — at an overall cost of nearly $9 billion — it will force clinicians to act and think differently when they handle patients, and that worries...

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 •  October 30, 2015

But Epic's Helsher said that for physicians who don't want to align with a larger health system, "Epic customers lead the industry in standards-based EHR interoperability to ... harbor will be misused by donors to secure referrals.”

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 •  October 26, 2015

SENATE’S HEALTH IT WORK STRUGGLES: The Senate HELP Committee’s work on a companion to the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act is “struggling,” Pro Health Care’s Brett Norman reports. The clock is ticking on Chairman Lamar Alexander’s stated objective of clearing a bill out of committee by the year's end. The committee has already missed two...

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 •  October 19, 2015

The full letter to ONC: http://bit.ly/1Xa3Y5Q eCLINICALWORKS TO DROP DATA-EXCHANGE FEES: eClinicalWorks has announced ... The offer extends to CDA using a query-based exchange with Cerner, Epic, McKesson, Meditech and Siemens. “Practices will also ...

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 •  October 15, 2015

Accreditation enables the federal agencies to communicate directly and securely with many thousands of hospitals, medical practices and health care professionals in the private sector regardless of EHR systems ... acts like secure email, delivering care ...

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 •  October 14, 2015

Jonathan Bush, as readers probably know, is both CEO of EHR company athenahealth and ... Chris Miller of the Defense Healthcare Management Systems said the DHMSM award to Cerner and Leidos was “very much about security and open architecture.”