Weekly Roundup: Health care news and notes

August 20, 2015 · NCQA


Every Friday NCQA gives a rundown of some of the health care news stories from the past week. Here are some of our picks for this week:

  • Congress tackles electronic health record woes, information blocking, and interoperability. [HealthLeaders Media]
  • You can now look up ER wait times, hospital noise levels and nursing home fines on Yelp. [The Washington Post]
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance is pushing to ensure the adequacy of the growing number of narrow network insurance plans. [HealthLeaders Media]
  • The connection between health coverage and income security. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • These are the cheapest and most costly states for retiree health care. [Time]
  • Telephone therapy helps older people in underserved rural areas, study finds. [Kaiser Health News]
  • Senators announce mental health reform bill, pledge to enforce parity. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Affordable Care Act incentives may not be strong enough to prompt pay structure changes. [Medscape]
  • More Colorado clinics take a team approach to good health. [The Colorado Statesman]
  • The number of uninsured has declined by 15 million since 2013, administration says. [The New York Times]
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, DuPage Medical Group share patient data. [Crains]
  • When patients manage doctors. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • NCQA adds narrow networks to 2016 accreditation standards. [HealthLeaders Media]
  • Will The American Academy of Family Physicians agreement help facilitate EHR vendor selection? [EHR Intelligence]
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