Government & Policy

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.
Trump Clinton debate cybersecurity healthcare
By Tom Sullivan 10:03 am September 27, 2016
The candidates discussed a range of issues, traded insults and evoked former President Ronald Reagan. Here’s what they said about healthcare and technology.
Care New England HIPAA fine

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

By Bernie Monegain 10:41 am September 26, 2016
The case, which also includes Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, stems from lost backup tapes housing protected health information, the Office for Civil Rights said.
Obama National Health IT Week
By Healthcare IT News 09:37 am September 26, 2016
"During National Health IT Week, we recommit ourselves to improving the health of our citizenry using the breakthrough technologies of our time and reaching for the next frontier of innovation," said Obama.
Zika Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed legislation he said address concerns of both Democrats and Republicans. The $1 billion for Zika is also part of a bill that would fund the government and avert a shutdown. Source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:32 am September 26, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed legislation that would fund Zika, support veterans and provide flood relief to several states. Democrats maintained they could filibuster the bill.

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