Government & Policy

Telehealth Texas Arkansas
By Jeff Lagasse 02:47 pm August 18, 2016
Officials in Arkansas are in talks to change the rule prohibiting direct-to-consumer telehealth consults. In Texas, meanwhile, the e-Health Alliance is driving legislation to mandate that licensing boards coordinate appropriate rules. 
By Jeff Lagasse 10:55 am August 18, 2016
While opponents argue that accountable care organizations have yet to produce tangible cost-savings, those in favor of the model point to better care quality among the reasons. 
Obama ACA
By Kaiser Health News 08:06 am August 18, 2016
Aetna stepped out of Affordable Care Act marketplaces and it's not the only company doing so. Humana, UnitedHealthcare and several Blues will also be selling in fewer regions when the fourth enrollment period opens this fall. 
define measure interoperability

KLAS executive vice president Taylor Davis said that measuring interoperability can get messy because the EHR market is currently immature. 

By Diana Manos 07:28 am August 18, 2016
For meaningful use and MACRA, the government uses an IEEE description of interoperability that pre-dates today’s crop of EHRs. Whether or not that will carry the healthcare industry into the future is a matter of some debate.
FTC Practice Fusion privacy

FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection director Jessica Rich said that Practice Fusion's actions led patients to share sensitive information without knowing it would be made public. 

By Jessica Davis 11:06 am August 17, 2016
Under the settlement, the EHR-vendor will be closely monitored by the FTC for compliance and liable for up to $40,000 in penalties for any violation.
Maryland public health EHRs

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By Jack McCarthy 07:36 am August 17, 2016
The Public Health Information Technology Maturity Index can help officials understand how well they are using IT and data to respond to outbreaks and epidemics. 
Carequality Epic interoperability

Dave Cassel, who leads the Sequoia Project's Carequality initiative, said that health information exchange among competing EHRs is no longer a promise and that it is here today and working under the Carequality Interoperability Framework. 

By Bernie Monegain 08:01 am August 16, 2016
The framework will make interoperability work happening today widespread as more and more EHR vendors, HIEs and providers join the network, according to an Epic executive.

National Coordinator for Health IT Vindell Washington, MD

By Jessica Davis 11:16 am August 15, 2016
This past Friday, Karen DeSalvo, MD, officially stepped down as National Coordinator, passing the baton to her second-in-command, Vindell Washington, MD. The former principal deputy national coordinator has been with ONC since January 2016.
Bon Secours breach
By Mike Miliard 11:11 am August 15, 2016
Reimbursement specialist R-C Healthcare Management, a business associate under HIPAA, left patient information accessible on the web for four days.
Karen DeSalvo ONC
By Mike Miliard 11:24 am August 12, 2016
DeSalvo made her way from New Orleans to Washington and while serving as National Coordinator, she realigned ONC and delivered visionary strategic plans for interoperability and health IT, before President Obama nominated her to a key HHS post.

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