Government & Policy

A screenshot of the VA's new Access to Care site that provides veterans with transparency on the quality of care at facilities across the nation.

By Jessica Davis 10:58 am April 13, 2017
Agency launches new website that allows veterans to find and compare care quality at clinics in the area, while viewing real-time data on wait times.
Blockchain in healthcare
By Mike Miliard 10:23 am April 13, 2017
Deeply entrenched business models, implementation costs, regulations and technical challenges all stand between healthcare organizations and secure, interoperable health data.
Mick Mulvaney

OMB Mick Mulvaney briefed members of the press Tuesday about lifting the across-the-board hiring freeze that would now allow certain agencies to hire more people, while others would have to make cuts.

By Bernie Monegain 11:12 am April 12, 2017
HHS, along with other departments across the board, may have to do more with less.

Roger Severino speaking during an interview as a staff member from the Heritage Foundation in 2015.

By Jessica Davis 02:39 pm April 11, 2017
Echoing sentiments from LGBT groups made when the OCR director was hired in March, a group of Democratic Senators is denouncing the appointment.
HIMSS support creating unique patient identifiers to improve care delivery
By Bill Siwicki 01:14 pm April 10, 2017
HIMSS and 24 other organizations want the feds to support creating unique patient identifiers to improve care delivery.
HIPAA AHIMA updates

The rise of electronic data exchange and connected health over the past two decades have led many to call for the law to be rethought.

By Mike Miliard 02:14 pm April 07, 2017
The law was enacted when the internet was in its infancy and healthcare was still paper-based.
Population health initiatives
By Tom Sullivan 01:25 pm April 07, 2017
Our top takeaways from the Pop Health Forum 2017 in Boston.
ONC health data provenance challenge

Steven Posnack, director of ONC's Office of Standards and Technology, has launched the challenge because the integrity of health data requires having a way to trace and verify the source of information and how it's been altered throughout its lifecycle.

By Mike Miliard 12:45 pm April 07, 2017
The contest seeks better ways to determine where data has come from, and whether it's reliable and trustworthy.
FDA gives 23andMe clearance
By Bernie Monegain 11:45 am April 07, 2017
The reversal of opinion could now open the floodgates for other genetic testing companies.
HHS staff additions

Jane Lucas, left, was named deputy director of the Office of the Secretary and former Booz Allen Hamilton Associate Jen Moughalian joined HHS as acting assistant secretary for financial resources.

By Jessica Davis 03:28 pm April 06, 2017
An Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources experienced in helping healthcare organizations manage transitions and others have quietly joined HHS. 

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