Government & Policy

Eric Hargan named acting HSS secretary
By Bill Siwicki 04:12 pm October 12, 2017
The just-confirmed deputy HHS secretary will lead the department he previously served in under the Bush administration.

Photo via White House on Twitter

By Jeff Lagasse 12:53 pm October 12, 2017
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order expanding access to "association health plans" Thursday, ostensibly to allow small business -- and perhaps individuals -
HIMSS interoperability call-to-action
By Tom Sullivan 11:11 am October 11, 2017
Improved interoperability requires integrating exchange frameworks, improving usability, earning the engagement of caregivers and patients, and more.
Cerner EHR rollout

Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Photo via Wikimedia

By Jessica Davis 09:21 am October 09, 2017
The lessons learned at the final MHS Genesis EHR pilot can prove valuable as the VA moves closer to securing its own Cerner contract.
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.

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