Federal government releases new regulations for accountable care organizations

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The Department of Health and Human Services recently released accountable care organization regulations, which are aimed to guide providers in creating and implementing health information exchanges, Healthcare IT News reports.

Officials told the news source that the new regulations will help improve care and reduce costs, which are both mandated under the Accountable Care Act. These organizations are crucial in facilitating collaborations between doctors and other providers to make care more uniform.

“The industry is certainly anxiously awaiting this rule, as it is the most hyped since meaningful use, but could very well begin the redefinition of our nation’s healthcare system,” Justin Barnes, vice president of marketing, corporate and government affairs at Greenway Medical, told the news source.

New regulations in healthcare delivery highlight the growing need for health information management degree holders. These professionals can help hospitals and care facilities create exchange systems and connect them between medical centers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for health technology management professionals are expected to increase much faster than the average rate for all other occupations.