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Angela Laws of Leesburg, Va., runs a small business that cleans and maintains commercial buildings. Laws, 58, figures that she'll remain uninsured if she can't find an affordable coverage option that fits a monthly budget already crammed with payments of $ 1,203 for rent $ 530 toward her car.If President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul survives Supreme court scrutiny, an estimated 26 million U.S. residents likely will remain without coverage, including illegal immigrants and those who can’t afford to pay out-of-pocket for health insurance.


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Many doctors-in-training have gone to work with flu symptoms, ignoring the risks of passing on bugs to vulnerable patients, a new survey shows.

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GOP: Obamacare Delay Is Proof Health Care Law Is Failing, Still Needs To Be
The California lawmaker who was instrumental in ensuring the law's passage when she was speaker of the House insisted that Americans will soon benefit from increased access to affordable health care. Democrats have always been dogged by the fact that …
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North Carolina's abortion-law sham
In fact, disrespect for process is a disturbing commonality in many of these proposed restrictions and further evidence of their true intent. Any law that will limit women's access to abortion and to much other health care deserves a public hearing …
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Obamacare's employer mandate shouldn't be delayed. It should be repealed.
Be that as it may, the regulatory solution reflects the fact that the legislative process around the health-care law is completely broken. Republicans won't pass any legislation that makes the law work better. Improving the law, they fear, will weaken …
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voter support for President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul rose after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it but most people still oppose the law, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sunday.

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Many doctors-in-training have gone to work with flu symptoms, ignoring the risks of passing on bugs to vulnerable patients, a new survey shows.

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St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) March 03, 2012

Gateway EDI, one of the fastest-growing electronic data interchange providers in the nation will continue its ICD-10 educational outreach with AAPC, the premier training and credentialing organization in the medical coding industry, by hosting a second webinar on March 13, 2012 at 12 p.m. (CST).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed they will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with ICD-10, but many industry associations have cautioned that practices should not delay preparations.

As we all learned from the 5010 transition, its never too early to start preparing and there is a definite need for more education on the topic. We received nearly 400 questions from attendees during our first webinar, said Shelly Guffey, manager of premier accounts and vendor partners, Gateway EDI. The transition to ICD-10 is a major undertaking and there is still a lot of confusion about what ICD-10 is, why we have to make the switch, and what changes practices will have to adopt internally to be compliant.

The March 13 webinar follows the success of the first ICD-10 webinar in January, which drew more than 1,000 participants.

Peggy Stilley, AAPC Physician Services Director of Audit Services has more than 30 years experience in the industry and will present process improvements and training solutions during the webinar.

We must make sure facilities and providers dont stop working on their ICD-10 implementation, Stilley said. ICD-10 requires a major change in the documentation habits for most providers. So, they need to take the extra time they now have available to do more in-depth analysis of how their practice will be impacted.

Attendees can receive one continuing education unit (CEU) credit and will learn:

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Stamford, Conn. (PRWEB) February 20, 2012

IVANS, Inc. a national health information exchange, announced that while 42 percent of healthcare providers surveyed currently use either electronic health records (EHR) or electronic medical records (EMR) systems, 39 percent have no plans yet to implement stage one of meaningful use. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 defined Meaningful Use as a provider using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly.

Stage one of meaningful use sets the baseline for electronic data capture and information sharing. The IVANS study demonstrates it is not enough to simply have an EHR or EMR system in place, but providers must be able to share and use the data in a meaningful manner, or they risk a possible reduction in their Medicare fees or could lose out on financial incentives.

Of the 39 percent surveyed that have no plans for implementing stage one of meaningful use, it is not surprising that 44 percent (represented by home care, long term care and hospices) are not yet eligible to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. What is surprising is that a fairly large number (26 percent) of providers (represented by hospitals and private practices) are eligible for EHR incentives but still have no plans for implementing stage one of meaningful use.

Michael Schramm, IVANS president of healthcare services, said, Whether eligible for meaningful use incentives or not, many providers point to such barriers as waiting on technology upgrades from vendors, integrating new changes into current workflow processes, and understanding and adopting complex Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) within a short period of time. If these issues are not resolved and integrated into subsequent stages of meaningful use, it will be difficult for providers to become meaningful users, thus resulting in further misalignment of financial incentives down the road.

According to IVANS 2012 Healthcare Provider Survey, 33 percent of providers surveyed said budgetary concerns are their biggest challenges preventing them from sharing information electronically, while 21 percent said it was technology requirements which keep changing. This is an area where health insurers can make a difference by aligning their pay-for-performance programs with federal meaningful use criteria for EMRs.

While this idea has only been adopted by a small number of payers so far and it has not yet been established if these changes will result in higher pay-for-performance payments, it could help to facilitate the implementation of meaningful use among providers. Schramm said, It is this type of innovative thinking and collaboration between health payers, the industry and providers that will help to ensure that all key constituents have access to both the means and the expertise to successfully use electronic technology in a meaningful manner.

The survey was conducted electronically January 5-12, 2012, and the results represent responses from over 700 healthcare providers from across the United States. For an executive summary of IVANS 2012 Healthcare Provider Survey, contact Cecile Locurto at Cecile(dot)Locurto(at)ivans(dot)com or (203) 905-7330.

Attendees of HIMSS12 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, NV, February 20-24, 2012, who visit IVANS Booth #7101 can request a copy of the executive summary. In addition, IVANS will be demonstrating real-world implementations of nationally-recognized, standards-based interoperability technology championed by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Health Architecture at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase in Hall G, Booth #11000.

About IVANS

Headquartered in Stamford, Conn. and a CMS approved vendor, IVANS, Inc. has more than 28 years of providing the property-casualty insurance and healthcare industries with fully managed network, electronic data interchange (EDI) and agency-company interface solutions to help solve complex business issues. Used every day by over half a million customers nationwide, IVANS LIME

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Question by בן ארצי: Is the Affordable Care Act still Revenue Neutral if the Individual Mandate is ruled unconstitutional?
Where do we get the money from to pay for the Affordable Care Act if people can’t be “fined” for not having insurance?

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Answer by Shovel Ready
It was going to cost trillions and trillions anyway.

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First-year residents may soon get a reprieve from grueling hospital shifts that last more than 24 hours, but that is not enough to prevent an alarming number of medical errors, according to a report released on Friday.

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First-year residents may soon get a reprieve from grueling hospital shifts that last more than 24 hours, but that is not enough to prevent an alarming number of medical errors, according to a report released on Friday.

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