Government & Policy

MACRA Stoltenburg
By Bernie Monegain 01:49 pm March 22, 2017
It turns out many healthcare providers expected, or at least hoped, that the initiative would be delayed. It’s still coming and they need to prepare now.
GOP health plan
By Jeff Lagasse 11:01 am March 21, 2017
The latest iteration of Republicans American Health Care Act would give governors more flexibility in administering Medicaid, enhance tax credits for people 55-64 years old and other targeted changes. 
HHS John Fleming

HHS deputy assistant secretary for health technology John Fleming. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

By Henry Powderly 10:17 am March 21, 2017
The newly-appointed John Fleming said that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT may be reorganizing. 
Trump NIH cuts
By Kaiser Health News 10:39 am March 20, 2017
The plan would cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health and research institutions are saying the move could be potentially devastating to their work.
ransomware breach reports
By Jessica Davis 08:50 am March 20, 2017
More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur daily and healthcare is the largest target. Despite HHS requirements and significant risk of untimely notification, however, breach reporting doesn’t match up.
Trump budget healthcare
By Jessica Davis 10:28 am March 17, 2017
A look at the agencies hit hardest and those that stand to benefit, funding-wise, in Trump’s budget proposal.
VA
By Jessica Davis 03:11 pm March 16, 2017
Both the Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office had a long list of shortcomings at Veterans Affairs.
By Susan Morse 02:51 pm March 16, 2017
Chairman Diane Black calls the AHCA “the conservative vision we’ve been talking about for years,” but prominent Democrats and even some Republicans take issue with the legislation. 

Former CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt talked about the health IT marketplace not addressing the real needs of patients and doctors during a fireside chat at HIMSS17 in Orlando last month.

By Bernie Monegain 12:27 pm March 16, 2017
Former CMS Administrator signs-on as a senior adviser and will work on a platform to connect policymakers and everyday Americans.
Trump budget slashes HHS
By Henry Powderly 11:31 am March 16, 2017
In addition to reducing Health and Human Services budget by 18 percent, the proposal would move AHRQ into the NIH, take $4.2 billion from LIHEAP, but add $500 million to support substance abuse programs. 

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