By Mary Mosquera 09:08 am December 20, 2012
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the National Academy for State Health Policy are working together to help "trailblazer" states better align their health IT activities with healthcare delivery system reform efforts.
By Mary Mosquera 09:42 am December 19, 2012
Now that states have declared their plans for health insurance exchanges, the focus can move from which model to choose -- and its political implications -- to the details of their progress as they prepare for enrollment in October 2013, just 10 months off.
By Mary Mosquera 09:49 am December 17, 2012
With the Dec. 14 deadline on health insurance exchanges, states were required to provide a blueprint of their plans to the Department of Health and Human Services for how they will create their state-based health insurance exchanges. About half of the states have decided to surrender control to the federal government to build an exchange for them.
By Mary Mosquera 10:07 am December 14, 2012
HHS has multiple cloud services in development, test and production both across the department and within individual agencies. Being a first mover has its advantages -- as well as its challenges.
By Mary Mosquera 07:58 am December 13, 2012
Maine, Kentucky and Ohio are among states that have most accelerated the adoption of meaningful use of electronic health records and whose healthcare providers have received incentive payments at a high rate.
By Mary Mosquera 10:13 am December 07, 2012
Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would establish an Office of Wireless Health at the Food and Drug Administration, which would help coordinate an approach on emerging mHealth technologies with other federal agencies, and seek to encourage more innovation through market incentives.
By Mary Mosquera 09:32 am December 06, 2012
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have reached $9.245 billion to 177,100 physicians and hospitals through November since the program's inception and are anticipated to reach $10 billion by the end of the year.
By Mary Mosquera 01:58 pm December 05, 2012
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have revised certain sections of the meaningful use Stage 2 final rule related to clinical quality measures and data sharing.
By Mary Mosquera 08:53 am December 05, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs is slated to create a separate repository for its fully open source Gold Disk version of its VistA electronic health record (EHR) system to assure a common software baseline compared with the 133 instances of VistA operating at its hospitals and clinics across the country.