The Politics of Health I.T.
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With a presidential election coming up and plenty of politics being played out on health reform, this forum is a place to discuss how the political winds will blow across the industry, and what that means to stakeholders.

 

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Are RAC Audits Fair?

The American Hospital Association and some of its members recently went on the attack against the Recovery Audit Contractor program by suing the Department of Health and Human Services for not paying for Medicare treatments that RAC auditors judged not medically necessary. Do you feel that RAC audits are a good way to ensure that taxpayer money isn't going to waste, or is it regulation run amok?

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Barack Obama is Re-elected: What Now for Health Care Innovation?

President Barack Obama will be at the helm for four more years. His plans for health reform and the health care technology that supports it has been written in law. But will the results he envisions--lower costs and higher quality--come to fruition? With some states rebelling against the ideas of Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate and state insurance exhanges, it seems not everyone is buying into the Obama vision. What does that mean for the future of innovation in this market?

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Is tort reform the most critical "innovation" of our time?

Sermo, an online physician community, recently quizzed it members about what questions they'd put in front of President Obama and Mitt Romney. The top two questions were how the candidates would handle tort reform, and how they would retain/recruit physicians treating Medicare and Medicaid patients.

The tort reform question is especially interesting because a survey conducted by Sermo earlier in the year found that if a malpractice cap were put in place, most physicians said they would order fewer tests.

The big question: Can all the technology innovation in health care bend the cost curve if tort reform isn't enacted? Can industry innovation occur in the absence of tort reform, or is the legal environment in this country the primary hurdle to progress?

 
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