Government & Policy

HHS genentic sequencing platform

BARDA acting director Richard Hatchett, MD, said that the technology would enable faster diagnoses to help clinicians determine the right treatment.

By Bernie Monegain 11:25 am October 03, 2016
Health and Human Service Department said it is working with DNA Electronics on technology to determine genetic code within four hours to enable a faster and more accurate public health response to pandemic influenza and antibiotic-resistant infections.
telehealth addiction
By Kaiser Health News 09:58 am October 03, 2016
Health professionals and policy makers think using telemedicine to connect patients with addiction specialists will help address the physician shortage. The potential direction is clear, as are the opportunities. But challenges, of course, persist. 
UnitedHealth ACO
By Kaiser Health News 09:30 am September 30, 2016
The nation’s largest health insurer and the University of California Health system are joining forces to create a new health plan option for employers and expand research into patient data.

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By Jessica Davis 04:29 pm September 29, 2016
On Wednesday, Congress approved $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus in a short-term spending bill. In doing so, it's sidestepped a government shutdown.
Direct messaging Nemours
By Mike Miliard 01:12 pm September 29, 2016
Nemours shares lessons from its success using the Direct protocol, including a look at common message types. The takeaway: this still-underused method of health data exchange has considerable potential.
HHS medical bill

RadNet won for the easiest bill to understand, with one HHS says is "as concise as possible."

By Mike Miliard 10:52 am September 29, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, choosing from more than 80 submissions, has awarded two prizes for new designs of the medical bill.
HHS health data flow
By Bill Siwicki 01:58 pm September 28, 2016
Seven organizations will split the funds in multiple efforts to use health IT for projects ranging from a patient-centered data model to interoperable, bi-directional behavioral health data exchange.
CMS ICD-10 grace period
By Carl Natale 09:59 am September 28, 2016
The agency posted answers to pressing questions for coders and hospitals to consider when the year of flexibility end on Oct. 1, 2016. 
ONC EHR contract guide
By Mike Miliard 01:43 pm September 27, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released an EHR contract guide and the Health IT Playbook to assist physicians with best practices and success stories.
By Jessica Davis 11:35 am September 27, 2016
It also neglects to cover all the elements from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, according to the new report, which offers five suggestions for protecting electronic health information.

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