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News Item - 09/30/2014
New report on cerebral aneurysms
The Dartmouth Atlas released the second in a series of surgical reports on Tuesday, September 30. Supported by the Department of Surgery at DHMC,"Variation in the Care of Surgical Conditions:
Cerebral Aneurysms" addresses this common and potentially dangerous problem. Topics include the frequency of the condition, the decision about whether to treat unruptured aneurysms, and which treatment to use.

Read the report.
News Item - 09/30/2014
CMS Posts Physician Payments Data Today, September 30, 2014
Today's the day: the government's Open Payments database of monies paid to physicians by drug and device companies is to be made public. ProPublica has a preview.
News Item - 09/25/2014
HHS: 63 more issuers in 2015 Health Insurance Marketplaces
At least 248 Qualified Health Plan issuers will participate in the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015, and at least 67 will participate in state-based Marketplaces, according to preliminary data from 44 states released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s 63, or 25%, more than this year. Some issuers belong to the same parent company. Fourteen issuers this year have not filed for participation in 2015.

For counts by state and marketplace type, see the HHS report.
News Item - 09/24/2014
NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2014-2015 - Summary Report (Private)
View plan details, the methodology and other information about the rankings, and license an Excel version of the Summary and Detail-level Health Plan Rankings results.

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News Item - 09/24/2014
Hospices Brace for New CMS Five-Day Submission Requirement for the NOE
CMS announced the final rule for hospices regarding the timely filing of the NOE in transmittal 3032 sent out August 22.

In the document, CMS designates that a timely-filed NOE (Notice of Election) shall be filed within five calendar days after the hospice admission date.  This applies to the NOTR (Notice of Election Termination/Revocation) as well.  This regulation is effective for dates of services on or after October 1st.

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News Item - 06/02/2014
CMS Releases Medicare Hospital Payment Data, New Online Tools
On June 2, CMS released Medicare hospital pricing data for 2012 in an effort to increase transparency, lower costs and improve the quality of care, The Hill reports (Al-Faruque, The Hill, 6/2).

About the Data

The information, which was revealed at the annual Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C.,  is the agency's first annual update to Medicare hospital charge, which compare the average amount a hospital charges for services provided with a similar inpatient stay or outpatient visit (HHS release, 6/2).

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News Item - 04/04/2014
CMS releases PQRS, eRx progress report
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a new report on two of its pay-for-reporting incentive programs for eligible professionals (EPs): the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and electronic prescribing (eRx).

The 90 page report on 2012 participation results and trends in the programs demonstrates "exciting progress," according to CMS officials.

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News Item - 01/21/2014
MedPAC Recommends No ASC Pay Increase for 2015; 3.25-5.25% Increase for HOPDs
On Friday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission approved a final recommendation for Medicare pay rates in 2015, recommending that ambulatory surgery centers get 0 percent pay raise, according to an AHA News report.

At the same time, MedPAC recommended increasing hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems by 3.25 percent in the absence of sequestration cuts and 5.25 percent if spending cuts continue. The sequestration that begun last April enacted automatic 2 percent Medicare payment cuts for the next 10 years.

However, MedPAC did suggest reducing or eliminating pay differences between hospital outpatient departments and physician offices for some procedures, as currently hospital outpatient departments are paid significantly more.

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News Item - 11/08/2013
NHA is one of the 20 Most Promising Data Analytics Companies
Companies today recognize that they have opportunities to use data and analytics to raise productivity, improve decision-making, and gain competitive advantage. CIOs understand that analytics will define the difference between the losers and winners going forward. As the market evolves a vast array of data analytics technology and solution vendors are positioning themselves for leadership. A large number of venture-backed startups are battling against established BI and enterprise software providers.

While there are plenty to choose from, organizations that succeed with Big Data analytics will be those that understand the possibilities, see through the vendor hype and choose the right deployment model. In the last few months, we have looked at hundreds of data analytics companies and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling the real analytics challenges. We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Data Analytics Companies. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and the editorial board of CIOReview selected the Final 20.

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