Government & Policy

Opioid commission
By Jessica Davis 12:14 pm February 01, 2018
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, Tim Kaine and others want to know where the administration is spending money and what actions have been taken to combat the crisis – especially on telemedicine initiatives.
By Bernie Monegain 12:32 pm January 31, 2018
Nebraska Health Information Initiative CEO Deb Bass said the agency is trying to identify and avoid adverse medical effects to reduce readmissions.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control

By Jeff Lagasse 11:16 am January 31, 2018
Brenda Fitzgerald bought stock in Japan Tobacco in August 2017, one month into her tenure as the agency’s director.
Coast Guard EHR vendor
By Bernie Monegain 04:44 pm January 30, 2018
Duncan Hunter told Coast Guard officials they should not waste resources looking for a new product when the DoD and VA have already chosen to deploy Cerner’s EHR platform.
HHS oversight

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, speaking at a House committee meeting in December. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 02:27 pm January 30, 2018
Just days after Alex Azar was confirmed as HHS Secretary, the House Oversight Committee took the agency to task for being uncooperative and missing mutually agreed upon deadlines.
CMS meaningful use requirements
By Susan Morse 04:07 pm January 29, 2018
The QualityNet Secure Portal, or QNet streamlines data submission methods to make it easier for eligible hospitals and CAH’s to report.
Coast Guard EHR
By Bernie Monegain 11:36 am January 29, 2018
House Transportation Committee will question Coast Guard on Jan. 30 about its lack of management, governance, administration over the EHR issues.
telehealth legislation
By Jonah Comstock 09:42 am January 29, 2018
With all the back and forth in Washington, D.C., lawmakers are not passing some important pieces of legislation concerning Medicare reimbursement for telehealth, Roy Schoenberg says.
HIMSS government relations

Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS, will be hosting a HIMSS18 session on March 7.

By Dave Muoio 03:06 pm January 25, 2018
A HIMSS government relations expert says hospitals can make an impact on policy and offers suggestions about being heard by lawmakers to improve patient care.
opioid crisis
By Jessica Davis 02:07 pm January 25, 2018
The nonprofit aims to press Congress for PDMP interoperability between states and more accessible data for providers and pharmacists to combat opioid abuse.

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