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New Open Data Rules Webinar Recap

By Alma Trotter | April 2, 2020

On March 9th, 2020, HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized two open data rules: CMS’ interoperability and patient access rule ONC’s Cures Act Hosted by Ogilvy Consulting, several industry leaders discussed the new rules and what they mean for patients, providers,…

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Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

By Alma Trotter | March 26, 2020

People are talking about hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus. And others are looking to grab some for personal use. But what is it, and can it help the thousands of people currently fighting the virus?   What is Hydroxychloroquine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes chloroquine as a medicine that treats and prevents malaria.…

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CMS, Hospitals, and the Future of CAR T-cell Therapy

By Alma Trotter | March 9, 2020

CAR T-cell therapy is immunotherapy. Physicians extract one type of white blood cell, the T-cell, copious amounts of these cells from the patient’s blood. Then, an inactive virus is inserted into the cell, specifically to place a gene in the cell. Next, the T-cell produces chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), which allow them to recognize cancer cells.

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CareSet Leads at Health Datapalooza/National Health Policy Conference

By Alma Trotter | February 20, 2020

This year Academy Health co-located the National Health Policy Conference with Health Datapalooza. It was well executed. There were lots of great concurrent break-out sessions. Because of that, people had a hard time choosing which health data and policy sessions to attend. Some chose to divide their time between two. This is a high level summary of events from the conference.

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Commenting on Hospitals Public List of Standard Charges

By Fred Trotter | October 21, 2019

This is my final post in the series covering the Hospital Price Transparency Executive Order. CMS recently proposed guidelines for how hospitals should list their standard charges to the public, as required by the Executive Order. I submitted comments to CMS on this portion of the proposed rule because of its great significance to patients,…

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Establishing a Health Quality Roadmap

By Fred Trotter | September 23, 2019

My last blog in the series was Predicting Out-of-Pocket Patient Expenses. President Trump signed the Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First. CMS is currently requesting comments on its plan for implementing this order in this proposed rule. (Comment period ends 9/27/19) Section 4 of the executive order seeks to…

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Predicting Out-of-Pocket Patient Expenses

By Fred Trotter | September 19, 2019

The previous blog, Transparent and machine-readable prices (and surprise medical billing) was the second in a series on the Hospital Price Transparency Executive Order. President Trump signed the Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First. CMS is currently requesting comments on its plan for implementing this order in this proposed rule. (Comment…

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Transparent and machine-readable prices (and surprise medical billing)

By Fred Trotter | September 17, 2019

Yesterday I posted Implementing the Hospital Price Transparency Executive Order; Making Health Savings Accounts Better. President Trump signed the Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First. CMS is currently requesting comments on its plan for implementing this order in this proposed rule. (Comment period ends 9/27/19) Patients and Pricing Section…

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DocGraph Journal Now CareSet Journal, New Website, and New Office

By Alma Trotter | August 20, 2019

A lot has happened over the past half-year at CareSet. We’ve moved offices, we’re rebuilding our website, and we have renamed CareSet Labs to CareSet Journal. Read on for more! We’ve moved! It has been quite the journey at the Texas Medical Center. We started as a cohort in their X program, learning how to…

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