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HHS releases essential health benefits final rule

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a final rule outlining the specific essential health benefits that insurers must cover regardless of whether they're selling plans through health insurance exchanges.

Hospital CIOs: Groundwork must be laid for future health IT endeavors

While most healthcare CIOs recently interviewed about their challenges and concerns by consulting firm Deloitte said that they were comfortable with their organization's preparedness regarding ICD-10 and Meaningful Use efforts, they also said that foundational ground work regarding security and optimization of systems is needed to move forward on future endeavors.

Deficit-reduction plan would cut $600B from Medicare, Medicaid

Under a proposal from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowle, a quarter of the $2.4 trillion deficit reduction would come from federal healthcare programs.

Supreme Court upholds FTC blockade of Georgia hospital merger

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to block a Georgia hospital merger on antitrust grounds.

Catholic Health Initiatives under fire for alleged unnecessary stenting

Almost 400 people have sued St. Joseph Hospital, cardiologists and parent company Catholic Health Initiatives, claiming they performed unnecessary heart procedures.

Anthem backtracks on mail-order pharmacy requirement

Anthem Blue Cross is backtracking away from its previous requirement that certain members with chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS and cancer, buy prescription drugs from a mail-order pharmacy.

Supreme Court blocks hospital merger in Georgia

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the merger of Phoebe Putney Hospital and Palmyra Park Hospital in Georgia--a decision that could give the Federal Trade Commission more clout in deciding the fate of such deals.

Fiscal cliff threatens Medicare--again

To fend off the automatic cuts to most domestic federal programs, Obama favors spending cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, as well as new tax revenue by reducing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

Hospitals encourage charitable tax deductions

The American Hospital Association testified at a Ways and Means hearing on Thursday, urging it to maintain existing federal tax charitable deductions.

CHIME CEO: How health IT can save the economy

Although increasing membership and bolstering public policy efforts are top of mind for newly named College of Healthcare Information Management Executives CEO Russell Branzell, he has loftier goals for the organization--and the health IT industry.