Government & Policy

Coast Guard EHR vendor
By Bernie Monegain 04:44 pm January 30, 2018
Duncan Hunter told Coast Guard officials they should not waste resources looking for a new product when the DoD and VA have already chosen to deploy Cerner’s EHR platform.
HHS oversight

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, speaking at a House committee meeting in December. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 02:27 pm January 30, 2018
Just days after Alex Azar was confirmed as HHS Secretary, the House Oversight Committee took the agency to task for being uncooperative and missing mutually agreed upon deadlines.
CMS meaningful use requirements
By Susan Morse 04:07 pm January 29, 2018
The QualityNet Secure Portal, or QNet streamlines data submission methods to make it easier for eligible hospitals and CAH’s to report.
Coast Guard EHR
By Bernie Monegain 11:36 am January 29, 2018
House Transportation Committee will question Coast Guard on Jan. 30 about its lack of management, governance, administration over the EHR issues.
telehealth legislation
By Jonah Comstock 09:42 am January 29, 2018
With all the back and forth in Washington, D.C., lawmakers are not passing some important pieces of legislation concerning Medicare reimbursement for telehealth, Roy Schoenberg says.
HIMSS government relations

Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS, will be hosting a HIMSS18 session on March 7.

By Dave Muoio 03:06 pm January 25, 2018
A HIMSS government relations expert says hospitals can make an impact on policy and offers suggestions about being heard by lawmakers to improve patient care.
opioid crisis
By Jessica Davis 02:07 pm January 25, 2018
The nonprofit aims to press Congress for PDMP interoperability between states and more accessible data for providers and pharmacists to combat opioid abuse.
By Bernie Monegain 08:55 am January 25, 2018
Most electronic health record vendors allocated less money to lobbying last year than they did in 2016 -- with the notable exception being Cerner.
Senate confirms Alex Azar to head HHS

HHS Secretary nominee Alex Azar testifies before Senate on Nov. 29. Credit: C-Span

By Susan Morse 02:58 pm January 24, 2018
Many Democrats opposed Azar’s link to the pharmaceutical industry and high drug prices.
CMS, VA partnership
By Jessica Davis 04:03 pm January 23, 2018
The collaboration aims to improve the VA’s ability to investigate fraud and wrongdoing in Veterans Affairs programs.

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