Government & Policy

UMass Amherst settles HIPAA
By Bernie Monegain 09:52 am November 23, 2016
Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights found that the university lacked a firewall, which allowed a remote access Trojan to infiltrate the network and potentially expose PHI of 1,670 individuals.
ProofPilot digital health
By Jack McCarthy 09:32 am November 23, 2016
The platform, featuring 10 new templates, reduces the barrier to conducting scientifically valid studies on digital health tool, fitness regimens, dietary programs, wellness efforts and others, the company said. 
Trump Attorney General Sessions

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore. 

By Susan Morse 09:47 am November 21, 2016
Sessions will also step into AG role during the Department of Justice’s mega-merger injunctions against Anthem and Cigna as well as Aetna and Humana. 
By Jessica Davis 02:45 pm November 18, 2016
Calling addiction the biggest U.S. health concern, Vivek Murthy, MD, says it should be seen as a chronic disease and treated as such.
Trump change MACRA

iHealth partner Justin Barnes said the new administration will likely offer more guidance on MACRA but not dramatic changes to the law. 

By Diana Manos 07:27 am November 18, 2016
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka advised providers to stay the course on MACRA, while iHealth partner Justin Barnes agreed that major changes are unlikely. But Robert Tennant of the MGMA cautioned that we won’t know until Trump takes over.
Trump Tom Price HHS

Georgia Rep. Tom Price opposes the Affordable Care Act, voted for MACRA, and supports health savings accounts and capping tax breaks. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.  

By Susan Morse 08:44 am November 17, 2016
The Georgia Representative and Affordable Care Act opponent supports the use of health savings accounts and capping tax breaks for employer-based coverage. 

"Health IT could be major piece of Trump economic stimulus agenda," said Tom Leary, vice president of government relations at HIMSS. (Photo: Transition 2017/Wikimedia Commons)

By Jessica Davis 03:05 pm November 16, 2016
There's a lot up in the air for healthcare policy following Donald Trump's surprising win. But a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act won't be possible – at least not initially, say two HIMSS policy experts.
Cybersecurity CEO Trump assassination

Matt Harrigan, former PacketSled CEO. Photo via LinkedIn. 

By Jessica Davis 12:53 pm November 16, 2016
Former PacketSled chief threatened to shoot the president-elect with a sniper rifle.
OIG HHS NIH security
By Jessica Davis 01:28 pm November 15, 2016
As outlined in HHS Office of Inspector General's 2017 work plan, the agency will also review the FDA's plan to address cybersecurity issues of medical devices.
VA online scheduling
By Jack McCarthy 08:48 am November 15, 2016
Veterans will initially be able to schedule primary care appointments by using a new app. And in the future VA officials plan to add optometry, audiology and mental-health. 

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