Government & Policy

VA telehealth

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo by Dwight Burdette, Wikimedia Commons 

By Jessica Davis 01:46 pm November 08, 2017
The bipartisan legislation -- which received broad support from Congress and trade groups -- will let VA providers in good standing practice telehealth regardless of the patient’s location.
MACRA final rule
By Mike Miliard 01:46 pm November 03, 2017
While doctors can use either 2014 or 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology, CMS is giving a 10 percent bonus to those practices using only 2015 edition CEHRT.
VA EHR
By Jessica Davis 12:39 pm November 03, 2017
Senate, House propose bills for congressional oversight of VA’s Cerner project, would require reports of any major cost increase, loss of health data, delay or privacy breach.
VA telehealth
By Jessica Davis 03:50 pm November 02, 2017
Introduced earlier this fall by the VA Secretary, the bill would override state licensing restrictions for telemedicine for the agency’s providers.
population health

Senator McCain gives a thumbs-down not to repeal the ACA on the Senate floor in the early hours of July 28. But the uncertainty leading up to the vote prompted hospitals to scale back their spending.

By Tom Sullivan 03:34 pm November 02, 2017
Plenty of people have speculated that all the back-and-forth concerning repealing or replacing the Affordable Care Act was causing hospitals to tighten their IT budgets and new research has determined that, at least when it comes to population health management spending, they may have been right. Here’s what happened.
EHR Regulatory Relief Act

Sen. Lamar Alexander speaking in front of the Senate on Oct. 30. Photo via C-span

By Tom Sullivan 02:52 pm November 02, 2017
The proposed legislation would remove the all-or-nothing approach of meaningful use and extend flexibility for hardship exemptions and payment adjustments.
CMS ONC Meaningful Measures

John Fleming, MD, deputy assistant secretary for Health Technology Reform and CMS Administrator Seema Verma

By Susan Morse 10:17 am November 02, 2017
Two top federal health officials are talking about cutting the regulatory red tape for how physicians are reimbursed, as the final MACRA rule on the physician fee schedule is due out this week.
health and human services security
By Jessica Davis 03:54 pm November 01, 2017
The legislation would adjust the structure of HHS’ cybersecurity personnel and assign a single officer to cybersecurity who would report to the secretary.
medical device ID

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a committee hearing on Oct. 31. Photo via senate.gov

By Jessica Davis 03:24 pm November 01, 2017
Although adding UDI to Medicare claim forms has bipartisan support in Congress, the CMS chief medical officer told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the agency is still reviewing the policy.
OCR privacy chief steps down

Deven McGraw has left the ONC to work in the private sector. Photo via YouTube

By Beth Jones Sanborn 03:38 pm October 31, 2017
Deven McGraw had also been working as ONC's chief privacy officer, a position that ONC head Donald Rucker has said will not be filled.

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