Government & Policy

AMA MGMA CMS EHR
By Tom Sullivan 04:18 pm March 23, 2017
American Medical Association and many other groups also suggested that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma loosen PQRS and value-based payment requirements.
GOP health plan

Vice President Pence meets with the Freedom Caucus about the American Health Care Act on March 23, 2017. Photo from Pence’s Twitter account

By Henry Powderly 03:53 pm March 23, 2017
The delay is considered a blow to Republican efforts to gather enough consensus to pass the American Health Care Act.
Trump Women in Healthcare
By Bernie Monegain 09:56 am March 23, 2017
CMS Administrator Seema Verma calls Obamacare a broken promise during the meeting.
VistA modernization VA Shulkin
By Jessica Davis 02:54 pm March 22, 2017
Shulkin said it had been a "strategic mistake" to not rethink VistA concurrently with the Department of Defense's EHR modernization, but promised a clear vision for the VA's health IT strategy by the summer.
Trump healthcare bill, ACHA
By Jeff Lagasse 02:14 pm March 22, 2017
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows says he is a firm "no" and that he has at least 22 votes from conservative hard-liners to defeat the bill.
MACRA Stoltenburg
By Bernie Monegain 01:49 pm March 22, 2017
It turns out many healthcare providers expected, or at least hoped, that the initiative would be delayed. It’s still coming and they need to prepare now.
GOP health plan
By Jeff Lagasse 11:01 am March 21, 2017
The latest iteration of Republicans American Health Care Act would give governors more flexibility in administering Medicaid, enhance tax credits for people 55-64 years old and other targeted changes. 
HHS John Fleming

HHS deputy assistant secretary for health technology John Fleming. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

By Henry Powderly 10:17 am March 21, 2017
The newly-appointed John Fleming said that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT may be reorganizing. 
Trump NIH cuts
By Kaiser Health News 10:39 am March 20, 2017
The plan would cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health and research institutions are saying the move could be potentially devastating to their work.
ransomware breach reports
By Jessica Davis 08:50 am March 20, 2017
More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur daily and healthcare is the largest target. Despite HHS requirements and significant risk of untimely notification, however, breach reporting doesn’t match up.

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