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EMR and HIPAA: HIE, ACOs the ‘fast-moving train’ of health reform

I’ve just finished my latest post for EMR and HIPAA, based on a session I moderated this week at the the Institute for Health Technology Transformation health IT summit in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Here’s a taste:

The panelists did great job of articulating some of these conundrums and strategies to overcome them, but none better than Kevin Maher, director of clinical innovations for Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a new affiliate of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey tasked with testing new care models, and Victor Freeman, M.D., quality director in the Health Resources and Services Administration‘s Office of Health IT and Quality.

The patient-centered medical home is a great idea for managing care, promoting prevention and, ultimately reducing costs. “We view the base of the ACO as the patient-centered medical home,” Maher said. But what exactly does an ACO look like? “An ACO is like a unicorn,” Maher said. “We can all describe it, but we’ve never seen one.”

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May 12, 2011 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Rural health specialist picked to run HRSA

President Obama on Friday appointed Mary Wakefield, R.N., Ph.D., administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Wakefield will control the $2.5 billion given to HRSA as part of the economic stimulus legislation to help the uninsured and underinsured.

Wakefield currently is director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota.

In case you were interested, here is the final text of the stimulus bill, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PDF, 13.4 MB).

February 23, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.