Bill Introduced in the House

On June 14th, Representative Michael G. Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania introduced the “Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act of 2013” (H.R. 2376) to implement a ten year demonstration project. The demonstration would provide payments for comprehensive coordinated healthcare services for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) for Medicare beneficiaries. The states would be involved but only if a state elects to participate in the demonstration project. (more…)

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NIMHD Seeks Technologies

On June 18, 2013, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) within NIH issued a Funding Opportunities Announcement (FOA) seeking technologies to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. (more…)

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Germany’s Healthcare Market

The “Exporting Guide” published by the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to help New Zealanders reports on exporting healthcare possibilities related to Germany. Germany has the largest healthcare system in Europe with 2,000 hospitals, 2,000 medical supply stores, 1,200 rehabilitation centers, 21,500 pharmacies, and 150,000 doctors’ offices. (more…)

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AHRQ Releases New Guide

The new guide issued May 2013 developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) outlines a framework for primary care practices that want to connect to regional health information exchanges. “Regional Health eDecisions: A Guide to Connecting Health Information Exchange in Primary Care” establishes a blueprint assessing organizations readiness for connecting an EHR to a RHIO. (more…)

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State Systems to Help in Emergencies

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York is launching a statewide emergency tracking system referred to as the “New York State Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters System” or referred to as NYS e-FINDS. The system is in place to help patients and residents when healthcare and human services facilities are forced to evacuate as a result of a natural disaster. (more…)

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Founding Members for eExchange

Healtheway, a non-profit public-private partnership operationally supporting the eExchange announced that nine founding members have been selected. These members include the AMA, Epic, ICA, Kaiser Permanente, MedVirginia, Mirth Corporation, NYeC, Orion Health, and WEDI. (more…)

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Emergency Apps to Save Lives

A research team led by Ram Dantu at the University of North Texas sees the growth of cell phones and smartphone usage as an opportunity to improve responses to 911calls. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dantu’s team has designed several innovative smartphone apps that virtually place 911 operators at the scene of an emergency allowing them to quickly and accurately collect information and assist victims. (more…)

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