Government & Policy

Senators John Thune, R-South Dakota

By Mike Miliard 11:23 am April 29, 2016
A group of Republican senators who have been looking to "reboot" meaningful us since 2013 released new draft legislation this week they say aims to make the incentive program work better for providers and taxpayers.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has "made significant improvements by recasting the EHR meaningful use program and by reducing quality reporting burdens," said AMA President Steven Stack, MD.

By Mike Miliard 11:48 am April 28, 2016
On Twitter, former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, called it the "most substantive change to how healthcare is paid for in a couple of decades."
By Jessica Davis 11:00 am April 28, 2016
A bill to establish the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer within the U.S Department of Health and Human Services was introduced in the House of Representatives this week.

"This proposal, if finalized, would replace the current meaningful use program and reporting would begin January 1, 2017," said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

By Mike Miliard 04:43 pm April 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, on Wednesday, ushering in some big changes for the ways physicians are assessed for quality of care and use of information technology.    

"I think the OCR really does want to create mobile guidance for HIPAA," says attorney Jeffrey Dunifon.

By Bill Siwicki 11:22 am April 27, 2016
A legal expert discusses the Office for Civil Rights' outreach to the healthcare and technology industries on the subject of where and how HIPAA does and does not apply in the growing arena of mHealth.
By Susan Morse 11:06 am April 26, 2016
In the first major overhaul of Medicaid managed care requirements in more than a decade, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published new rules on April 25 that affect how Medicaid works for the nearly two-thirds of beneficiaries who get their coverage through private managed care plans.

"Every CIO and CISO should consider focusing on critical controls and using a programmatic approach to achieve effective security," says Sanjeev Sah.

By Bill Siwicki 09:51 am April 25, 2016
There are day-to-day blocking and tackling tactics that every healthcare organization should be doing right now to reasonably address the current security threat landscape.
By Jessica Davis 04:05 pm April 22, 2016
Officials uncovered 'significant risks' and irregularities during rollout, raising concerns about a viable final product, a spokesperson says.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital settled a suit with the Office for Civil Rights over protected health information that was disclosed on the set of NY Med, which starred Mehmet Oz, MD. 

By Bernie Monegain 04:31 pm April 21, 2016
NYP's actions while filming the TV show 'NY Med' blatantly violated HIPAA rules, said Jocelyn Samuels of the Office for Civil Rights.
By Jack McCarthy 06:10 pm April 20, 2016
The Government Accountability Office found that more than half of newly enrolled veterans were unable to access primary care and pointed to VA staff did not schedule appointments in accordance with VHA policy.

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