Posts Tagged - ‘stimulus’

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Hospitals Criticize Unrealistic Electronic Medical Record Goals

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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Electronic medical records have been largely looked upon as a panacea: they have the potential to reduce costly and harmful errors, as well as lowering administrative expenses–savings that can then be passed on through lower health insurance rates.

To this end, funding for incentives was included in Obama’s stimulus package last year. Unfortunately, doctors, health insurance plan providers, and hospitals are complaining that the goals are far too unrealistic for the short term. Even facilities that have been praised for their implementation would not qualify on enough of the nearly 30 guidelines to receive funding.

President Obama has called for all medical records to be computerized within five years. Insurers like Kaiser Permanente doubt that will happen on schedule.

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Will Jobs Bill Give States More Healthcare Reform Funding?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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Many states are hoping that the jobs bill currently pending in Congress will include increased funding for implementing healthcare reform.

The legislation requires them to expand eligibility for Medicaid among one of its strategies for expanding access to affordable health insurance. However, the recession has made states cash-strapped and unable to afford it.

As a result, they are seeking to extend the increased federal subsidies provided to them in last year’s stimulus package. They have already budgeted for the six-month extension during the next fiscal year, although its passage certainly isn’t guaranteed.

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