Monday, January 24, 2011

Southeast HEALTH continues electronic records integration, expects changes to federal law

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Southeast HEALTH CEO Debbie Linnes says that legislative action to repeal the healthcare overhaul law complicates long-term planning for health care providers.
However, she believes that there is not enough support at the federal level for a full repeal.    

"But I would anticipate that we will see changes possibly in how certain components of the program are structured, or funded, or administered," Linnes says. 

"At the end of the day we still have to better integrate our clinical services at a lower cost platform and improve the quality outcomes for our health care consumer nationally."   
Linnes says that Southeast HEALTH will continue plans to increase electronic medical records at a regional level in order to improve efficiency regardless of Congressional action. 

Congress voted to repeal the federal health care overhaul law. The Missouri state Senate passed a resolution urging Missouri's Attorney General to join already existing lawsuits against the federal health care overhaul law. There are several constitutional challenges to the law, including one by Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder. 

Jacob McCleland


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