Government & Policy

veterans affairs health
By Jessica Davis 09:15 am January 05, 2018
Officials aim to improve the number of processed claims by 300 percent this month and by 600 percent in April as part of Secretary Shulkin’s mission to bolster the VA health system.
Veteran Affairs telehealth

In August, President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, introduced a plan to build out telehealth tools and services for veterans.

By Jessica Davis 12:52 pm January 04, 2018
The bill gives legislative teeth to the agency’s Anywhere to Anywhere telemedicine program, including a clause that bars states from revoking providers who practice telehealth across state lines.
meaningful use MACRA reporting
By Mike Miliard 12:18 pm January 03, 2018
As data is submitted to the new system, providers can see real-time scoring within each of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance categories.
FCC rural broadband

Ajit Pai leads the Federal Communications Commission. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 12:08 pm January 03, 2018
Agency is looking to crackdown on fraud, waste and abuse and plans to create a program to prioritize how money is doled out.
All of Us program NIH
By Jessica Davis 04:24 pm January 02, 2018
The National Institutes of Health’s Genomic Working Group said researchers should build the program in a systemic way before reaching the planned 1 million participants.
CMS policy on texting patient information
By Dave Muoio 03:46 pm January 02, 2018
The policy outlined now mirrors the current position of the Joint Commission, which underwent its own series of flip-flops on the subject in 2016.
Updated HHS privacy framework breaks from HIPAA
By Jessica Davis 12:51 pm January 02, 2018
Though the agency said it tried to align with HIPAA as much as possible, the framework blocks info sharing despite care coordination benefits.
opioid policy
By Jessica Davis 11:36 am January 02, 2018
The legislation will also limit the number of opioids prescribed to patients for acute pain.
icd-11 World Health Organization
By Tom Sullivan 11:04 am December 29, 2017
Even if the World Health Organization finalizes ICD-11 in May, it will take years for U.S. doctors to start using the next classification system.
Vermont health information exchange
By Bernie Monegain 12:55 pm December 28, 2017
Consulting firm found org is not meeting state needs and patients lack confidence so HIE is working on improvement plan.

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