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Obama signs SGR repeal bill as medical groups react to CMS warning

President Barack Obama made it official and permanently repealed the sustainable growth rate formula by signing a bill passed by the Senate earlier in the week, the Associated Press reports.

CMS provides update on reinsurance collections, sets 2016 rate filing date

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made statements  this week about the Affordable Care Act's reinsurance program as well as rate-filing requirements for 2016 plan year. Here's a quick look at how both announcements will impact health insurers.

Ninth Circuit St. Luke's decision ignores the American healthcare transformation

Guest post by David Balto, an antitrust attorney who previously served as the policy director for the Federal Trade Commission, and James Kovacs, associate attorney at the Law Offices of David Balto...

Why hospitals should include doctors in bundled payments

Although the idea of including doctors in hospitals' bundled care payments has long been considered a detriment to physician autonomy, the move could significantly improve savings and care quality, argues an opinion piece published by the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

HIMSS15: IT infrastructure critical to payment, delivery reform, ONC's Karen DeSalvo says

While the interoperability of electronic health records is a high priority for the federal government, it really only is a means to an end, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago Thursday morning.

Feds to Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Want money? Expand Medicaid

Federal health officials this week said that if Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) wants more hospital funds, the state needs to expand its Medicaid program, reported the Associated Press

HIMSS15: Technology drives George W. Bush's optimism for healthcare's future

Former President George W. Bush told attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago on Wednesday that the role of technology is the reason he's optimistic about the future of healthcare in the United States.

Pioneer ACOs cut spending, but model may discourage savings

In their first year, Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations generated moderate spending reductions, with greater savings for ACOs that started out spending more, but the current model is not conducive to future savings, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

SGR repeal won't save all docs from Medicare payment cuts

While providers and industry groups hailed Tuesday's long-awaited repeal of the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate formula, some doctors who treat Medicare patients will still see the 21 percent reimbursement cuts that the Senate's last-minute vote was intended to avoid,  The Hill  reports.

SGR passage: Reactions positive from HIT stakeholders, but questions loom

While early reaction from the health IT community to the sustainable growth rate bill passed overwhelmingly by the Senate late Tuesday has been fairly positive, questions remain about what lies ahead for providers, Congress and federal agencies.