Government & Policy

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By Bernie Monegain 01:37 pm February 12, 2018
Indiana University and the Regenstrief institute began a five-year $50 million initiative called Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge to tackle apply scientific research and community engagement to the state’s addiction problem.
By Jessica Davis 01:09 pm February 12, 2018
Referencing the administrative burden for physicians, the group also recommends CMS limit evaluation and management measures and instead focus on interoperability efforts.

Carolyn Petersen and Robert Wah are the new HITAC co-chairs.

By Jessica Davis 11:46 am February 12, 2018
The Health IT Advisory Committee advises ONC, focusing first on the Trusted Exchange Framework -- meant to fuel data sharing between HIE networks.
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Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Florida. Credit: Google Maps

By Jessica Davis 04:42 pm February 09, 2018
The Florida VA provider set-up its Wi-Fi network without coordinating with the VA’s IT office, introducing security flaws that could have allowed a hacker to gain access to VA systems.
Trump signs spending bill into law

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By Jessica Davis 12:39 pm February 09, 2018
HIMSS Senior Director of Congressional Affairs broke down how the massive spending bill will boost telehealth, Medicaid and other crucial health IT needs.
By Jessica Davis 04:16 pm February 08, 2018
Passed unanimously by the House, the bill would require the Department of Health Professions Director to annually review the controlled substance prescribing patterns of providers.
FDA decision support guidance
By Mike Miliard 01:27 pm February 07, 2018
The informatics group says that with big innovation on the horizon it still sees ongoing confusion among developers and clinicians over which CDS and PDS software is considered a "device" and which isn't.

CHIME is asking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to raise the funding cap for its rural healthcare program.  Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 02:06 pm February 06, 2018
The agency should also consider directing those funds to areas most impacted by the opioid crisis, typically rural areas with poor populations.
United States of Care

Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt speaking at HIMSS17.

By Bernie Monegain 11:51 am February 06, 2018
The new bipartisan organization, which includes Mark Cuban, Andy Richter, Bradley Whitford, Atul Gawande, former CMS head Mark McClellan and several hospital CEOs, will advocate for policies that lower care costs while improving access.
cvs aetna
By Susan Morse 02:19 pm February 02, 2018
The request extends the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period for the acquisition, but CVS Health continues to expect the deal will be completed in the second half of 2018, according to an SEC filing.

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