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Report: strategies to save states money as Medicaid is expanded

United Health Group issued a report that outlines strategies that will help states save money as Medicaid is expanded. The new federal health care reform and the growing number of seniors enrolling in Medicaid is causing the expansion and pressure on state budgets.

Dennis Quaid: Reducing Medical Errors

On April 12, Dennis Quaid spoke at an event at the National Press Club in Washington DC about reducing medical errors. Quaid announced that he has produced a documentary airing April 24th on the Discovery Channel called “Chasing Zero” about medical errors in America.

HHS Announces $267 Million in Grants

On April 6, HHS announced its release of $267 million in grants for Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to 28 additional nonprofit centers. The $267 million comes from the HITECH Act which was adopted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“Health care in our country is community-based.

More HIE grants awarded

On Monday March 22, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $160 million of the final set of grants to help states adopt health information technology. The grants are part of the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program mandated in the 2009 Stimulus bill.

Health IT: Going Mobile

On March 4, Aetna announced a new approach for communicating with patients. Aetna is providing mobile solutions to the vast majority of its members which includes mobile “apps”, text messaging and mobile web access via smart phones.

ONC: Proposed HIT Certification Rules

On March 2, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making process for the establishment of certification programs for health IT.

Below are “Facts at a Glance” released by the Office of the National Coordinator.

New IT Platform to help spur Health IT

On March 3, Verizon announced a new IT platform that will help spur widespread adoption of health IT. The new platform enables providers to digitally share and exchange  physicians notes on a secure interoperable platform.

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