HIMSS13 Blog Carnival:ACA, Health Insurance Exchanges and Health Information Exchange

3.  Politics Aside, Let’s Talk ACA, Health Insurance Exchanges and Health Information Exchanges

This post is one part of our Blog Carnival recap. To read the rest of the posts as they are published all week, click here.

Because the Affordable Care Act remains a point of contention, discussion and interest HIMSS13 will feature several sessions on the Act again this year. We had two great contributions from members of the industry looking to the impact of the Affordable Care Act, especially as they relate to the ACA.

Kristine Daynes of 3M took a look at some of the reasons why several states have declined the opportunity to create their own health insurance exchanges (HIX) and examines the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) risk adjustment methodology.

Chad Johnson of Corepoint Health dove deeper into HIEs, taking a look at the factors that will affect their current and long-term sustainability.

We are grateful for everyone who contributed posts to the HIMSS 13 Blog Carnival, a chance for those health IT influencers to join and drive conversation as we lead up to New Orleans. We’ll be featuring posts all week on the key focus areas of HIMSS13, built out of the contributions from that community.

4.  “Why Can’t We Friends, Why Can’t We Be Friends” Or At Least Work Together and Get Some Interoperability!

This post is one part of our Blog Carnival recap. To read the rest of the posts as they are published all week, click here.

For those of you who are interested in taking a deep dive on the subject, the HIMSS13 Interoperability Showcase™  is back at this year’s conference. The interactive demonstration of live clinical information systems will allow visitors to assume the roles of patients and watch their personal health record move across multiple points of care. Blair Butterfield took a closer look at Showcase, giving special attention to the Health Story Project on the VitalBlog.

John Lynn, founder of the HealthCareScene.com blog network, shared his call to action for true interoperability both in strategy and leader. Aasia Nazir broke down all the benefits of interoperability, highlighting researcher Janice Walker’s paper, “The Value of Health Care Information Exchange and Interoperability.” Scott Rupp took us on a journey through interoperability vis-à-vis HIMSS in the Electronic Health Reporter blog.

Allscripts issued a call to all developers for their Open App Challenge in an effort to foster innovation and collaboration. But with so many new tools entering the market, how will we all interoperate? Kyle Armbrester of AthenaHealth takes a stab at answering that question.

Finally, with Grandma in mind, Mandi Bishop of EMRandHIPAA.com provided all of us in the health IT community with a light-hearted guideline for how to explain interoperability to The Greatest Generation.

We are grateful for everyone who contributed posts to the HIMSS 13 Blog Carnival, a chance for those health IT influencers to join and drive conversation as we lead up to New Orleans. We’ll be featuring posts all week on the key focus areas of HIMSS13, built out of the contributions from that community.

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