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veterans affairs health

Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Florida. Credit: Google Maps

By Jessica Davis 04:42 pm February 09, 2018
The Florida VA provider set-up its Wi-Fi network without coordinating with the VA’s IT office.
Trump signs spending bill into law

Credit: Twitter

By Jessica Davis 12:39 pm February 09, 2018
HIMSS Senior Director of Congressional Affairs broke down how the massive spending bill will boost telehealth, Medicaid and other crucial health IT needs.
By Jessica Davis 04:16 pm February 08, 2018
Passed unanimously by the House, the bill would require the Department of Health Professions Director to annually review the controlled substance prescribing patterns of providers.
FDA decision support guidance
By Mike Miliard 01:27 pm February 07, 2018
The informatics group says that with big innovation on the horizon it still sees ongoing confusion among developers and clinicians over which CDS and PDS software is considered a "device" and which isn't.

CHIME is asking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to raise the funding cap for its rural healthcare program.  Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 02:06 pm February 06, 2018
The agency should also consider directing those funds to areas most impacted by the opioid crisis, typically rural areas with poor populations.
United States of Care

Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt speaking at HIMSS17.

By Bernie Monegain 11:51 am February 06, 2018
The new bipartisan organization, which includes Mark Cuban, Andy Richter, Bradley Whitford, Atul Gawande, former CMS head Mark McClellan and several hospital CEOs, will advocate for policies that lower care costs while improving access.
cvs aetna
By Susan Morse 02:19 pm February 02, 2018
The request extends the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period for the acquisition, but CVS Health continues to expect the deal will be completed in the second half of 2018, according to an SEC filing.
Opioid commission
By Jessica Davis 12:14 pm February 01, 2018
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, Tim Kaine and others want to know where the administration is spending money and what actions have been taken to combat the crisis – especially on telemedicine initiatives.
By Bernie Monegain 12:32 pm January 31, 2018
Nebraska Health Information Initiative CEO Deb Bass said the agency is trying to identify and avoid adverse medical effects to reduce readmissions.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control

By Jeff Lagasse 11:16 am January 31, 2018
Brenda Fitzgerald bought stock in Japan Tobacco in August 2017, one month into her tenure as the agency’s director.

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