Government & Policy

CMS ICD-10 grace period
By Carl Natale 09:59 am September 28, 2016
The agency posted answers to pressing questions for coders and hospitals to consider when the year of flexibility end on Oct. 1, 2016. 
ONC EHR contract guide
By Mike Miliard 01:43 pm September 27, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released an EHR contract guide and the Health IT Playbook to assist physicians with best practices and success stories.
By Jessica Davis 11:35 am September 27, 2016
It also neglects to cover all the elements from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, according to the new report, which offers five suggestions for protecting electronic health information.
Trump Clinton debate cybersecurity healthcare
By Tom Sullivan 10:03 am September 27, 2016
The candidates discussed a range of issues, traded insults and evoked former President Ronald Reagan. Here’s what they said about healthcare and technology.
Care New England HIPAA fine

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

By Bernie Monegain 10:41 am September 26, 2016
The case, which also includes Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, stems from lost backup tapes housing protected health information, the Office for Civil Rights said.
Obama National Health IT Week
By Healthcare IT News 09:37 am September 26, 2016
"During National Health IT Week, we recommit ourselves to improving the health of our citizenry using the breakthrough technologies of our time and reaching for the next frontier of innovation," said Obama.
Zika Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed legislation he said address concerns of both Democrats and Republicans. The $1 billion for Zika is also part of a bill that would fund the government and avert a shutdown. Source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:32 am September 26, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed legislation that would fund Zika, support veterans and provide flood relief to several states. Democrats maintained they could filibuster the bill.
interoperability ripe for disruption

Penn Medicine CIO Mike Restuccia said that until the healthcare industry has common semantic, data model and data definition standards interoperability will lag in adoption and under-deliver in results. 

By Tom Sullivan 07:08 am September 26, 2016
Interoperability has, well, interoperability problems. Standards are being developed but EHRs are still under-delivering. And once data sharing picks up, more challenges will arise than we can understand today. Multiple tipping points are ahead. 
California public option

A public option rally. Source: Bernard Pollack via Wikimedia. 

By Kaiser Health News 07:05 am September 26, 2016
Dave Jones said that market consolidation among healthcare payers means the state should give careful thought to a public option for insurance.

The initiative integrates behavioral health, primary care, violence awareness and prevention, says HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae.

By Bernie Monegain 01:05 pm September 23, 2016
Mental health and substance abuse programs across the country will share $44.5 million for training programs aimed at increasing the number of mental health providers and substance abuse counselors.

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