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Burwell Warns of Funding Cliff Danger to Access, Jobs

On Feb. 26, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell warned a House panel that unless Congress addresses the issue this year, the health center funding cliff will lead to more than 7 million patients losing access to care and 40,000 jobs lost. This marks the first time that the Administration has publicly quantified the impact of the funding cliff, which would hit this October without congressional action.

Dr. Halle Fischer-Wright Tapped to Lead MGMA
On Feb. 20, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) announced Halee S. Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, will serve as the association’s president and chief executive officer, effective March 23. For nearly 90 years, MGMA has been the largest association for medical practice administrators and executives in the United. States.

Anthem & HIT Security
Anthem & HIT Security

When Anthem, the massive health insurance provider, announced a database breach compromising a possible 80 million records on Feb. 4, healthcare organizations around the nation asked ... How can we avoid a similar fate and be ready for what’s next?

Thomas Lewis, Partner, LBMC Security & Risk Services

AHA Calls for Women's Heart Disease to Be a Research Priority

AHA CEO Nancy Brown
AHA Calls for Women's Heart Disease to Be a Research Priority
The latest gender-specific research on heart disease continues to show differences between women and men, yet gaps remain in how to best diagnose, treat and prevent this number one killer of women, according to studies published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

AHA Responds to MSSP Proposed Rule
On Febuary 5, the American Hospital Association sent comments to Ceners for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner outlining thoughts and concerns regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule, which was published on Dec. 8, 2014.

Pinnacle Purchases Stake in Healthcare Lender

From our sister pubilcation, NashvillePost:

Pinnacle Financial Partners has acquired a 30 percent stake in a Florida-based healthcare lender with a national footprint and pre-tax margins of 50 percent. Nashville-based Pinnacle paid $75 million in cash and debt for its stake in Bankers Healthcare Group, which was founded in 1992. The move is expected to add 7-9 percent to the company's 2015 earnings per share (EPS), which analysts have pegged at $2.59.

Geert De Lombaerde