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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Telemedicine Update

Posted in Iowa Board of Medicine, Iowa Medical Society, Telemedicine

Iowa Board of Medicine to adopt a final telemedicine disciplinary rule in April – House Energy and Commerce Committee considers legislation to expand Medicare recognition of telemedicine – IBM pursues Interstate Medical Licensure by Compact to, among other things, facilitate telemedicine practice in Iowa The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) has reviewed public comments received… Continue Reading

Medicare value-based payment system

Posted in Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), American Medical Association, Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS sets percentage targets for a Medicare value-based payment system — emphasis on ACOs/bundled payments/integrated care – HHS calls for coordinated design across all payment sectors. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced last week that HHS will expand upon current efforts in transforming Medicare’s fee-for-service (FFS) payment system from one that… Continue Reading

Update on CoOportunity Health

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, CO-OP (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan)

Update – Insurance Commissioner requests CoOportunity liquidation – district court to decide in late February Concluding that insufficient funds currently exist to meet its obligations to pay medical claims, Iowa Insurance Commissioner, Nick Gerhart, filed a petition in Polk County District Court on January 29, 2015, concluding that further efforts toward rehabilitation of CoOportunity would… Continue Reading