Oregon Insurance Marketplace Turns Back to Paper

While the federal government works around the clock to fix glitches to the beleaguered health insurance exchanges website, state officials in Oregon have reverted back to paper applications to handle applicant backlog.

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“Barefoot and Determined,” HIM Must Tackle Patient Engagement Issues

The power of personal health stories—whether delivered through impersonal health data or through music, paintings, and old-fashioned storytelling—is empowering patients like never before. That message came through loud and clear during a Sept. 17 presentation by Vera Rulon, MS, RHIT, FAHIMA, and Regina Holliday.

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ONC Issues Plans to Accelerate HIE Expansion

Health information exchange between hospitals and other providers increased 41 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to new data touted by the federal government.

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OIG Issues Hospital EHR Fraud Survey

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a new fraud survey for hospitals that have received incentive funding under the ARRA-HITECH meaningful use EHR Incentive Program.

The survey, due on Friday, October 26, consists of 19 pages and 54 questions covering a wide range of topics—from EHR use habits, to security protocol, to meaningful use attestation methods. Media reports indicate that hospitals began receiving the OIG survey the week of Oct. 15.

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Uncertain Benefits, Certain Difficulties Inform Disclosure Rule

Feedback on accountings of disclosure the Office for Civil Rights solicited last year offers insight into the provider and consumer experience with accountings to date. That experience shows in OCR’s newly proposed rule, which seeks to both ease the burden and improve the information.

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