This Toolbox is a resource created to address the needs of rural providers in the planning and implementation of health information technology. Resources compiled for this toolbox include information from both public and private sector entities, including Government agencies, academic institutions, and research organizations. This toolbox is designed for rural health providers, but is intended to inform State and Federal policy makers, insurers, and other interested stakeholders regarding the special considerations for health IT adoption in rural settings. [Toolbox]
The congressional plans for health care overhaul could mean a major restructuring of Medicare. Dozens of changes are being proposed in hopes of transforming the program from one that rewards doctors for each procedure they do into one that improves people's health and keeps them out of the hospital. [Read article]
Should you be adding “doctor visit” to your grocery list? It is a question that millions of people have probably asked themselves, as hundreds of retail medical clinics have popped up the last few years in supermarkets, drugstores and big-box discounters throughout the country. [Read article]
At 2:15 a.m. Friday morning, the committee completed work on the last of dozens of amendments to the bill. [Read article]
Grassley is urging Congress to understand the significant cost of increasing the size of the government to administer the new health reform system under consideration. [Read article]
H.R. 2692 and S. 1171 is legislation that has been introduced in both the House and Senate that would restore State authority to waive the 35-mile rule for designating critical access hospitals under the Medicare Program.
Blog: Paying doctors and hospitals for high-quality care, rather than for volume of care, is central to slowing the growth of health costs, lots of health wonks say. But figuring out how to do that is really tough. [Read article]