Many people have been focused on what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new sweeping Medicaid and CHIP managed care rule does. The long-awaited rule, unveiled earlier this week, overhauls and modernizes how Medicare managed care works, bringing much of it into the 21st century.
There's been a lot of press about Black Book Rankings' latest study of health information exchanges (HIEs) and how so many providers still are not participating in them. But perhaps a more important and far-reaching finding from this report is that providers and prayers are shifting away from community, public HIEs and moving toward private ones, which Black Book dubs the "replacement revolution."
Since this is baseball's opening week, I read with particular interest the fact that electronic health records are not only being used to treat Major League Baseball players, but have also become instrumental in helping clubs determine whether a particular trade or free agent would be a good investment. This goes beyond other secondary uses of EHRs in sports, such as population health research. Here, an employer is using the EHR to determine whether a player is healthy enough to be worth a deal.
The unintended creation of disparities caused by the Meaningful Use program has reached a new low.
I am both excited and wary about the news that the health data for the entire 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be managed electronically.