Government & Policy

unique patient identifiers

In Oct. 3 letter, Sens. Orrin Hatch, Elizabeth Warren and others asked for “clear recommendations for steps that federal agencies – specifically ONC – could take to develop improved patient matching methods.”

By Bernie Monegain 01:14 pm October 06, 2017
At the same time, Regenstrief has launched a five-year effort that it hopes can help solve the problem.
HHS, FDA, VA among 24 federal agencies with ineffective security
By Jessica Davis 12:45 pm October 06, 2017
Inspector generals and GAO have made hundreds of recommendations to these agencies about deficiencies in security controls, but many have yet to be fully implemented.
By Mike Miliard 01:40 pm October 05, 2017
The high threshold for patient engagement in 2019 will probably be amended in future rulemakings, but one MU expert says it highlights the limited utility of patient portals.
Health IT Week
By Tom Sullivan 05:00 pm October 04, 2017
Telehealth, infrastructure modernization and a cyber exec for HHS. They’re all on this year’s list.
5 principles of value-based care

Joseph Antos, a scholar at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank American Enterprise Institute, speaking at the Pop Health Forum in Chicago on Tuesday.

By Tom Sullivan 01:27 pm October 03, 2017
American Enterprise Institute scholar says that despite all the various attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, value-based care and payment model is the clear path forward.
unique device identifiers in Medicare claims forms
By Jessica Davis 01:25 pm October 02, 2017
While the agency finally showed signs of support for adding UDI to Medicare claims forms in 2016, a letter from CMS Administrator Seema Verma suggests that it may not happen.
Tom Price resigns as HHS Secretary
By Tom Sullivan 04:59 pm September 29, 2017
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, stepped down from the post on Friday. “Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted,” a statement from the White House Press Secretary said.
gene editing and cellular therapies
By Mike Miliard 03:37 pm September 29, 2017
21st Century Cures Act is helping drive expansion in the cellular therapies, with the field valued at $25 billion.
VA telehealth
By Bill Siwicki 12:45 pm September 29, 2017
The rule would increase the availability of mental health, specialty and general clinical care for all beneficiaries.
Fix pediatric EHRs
By Tom Sullivan 10:31 am September 29, 2017
A voluntary certification program is already mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act.

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