Policy & Legislation Directory » Concepts

Practically every major rule and regulation that guides the development and use of healthcare IT is the result of highly-specific government policy, especially since the 2009 passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. This policy can range from federal mandates such as those setting up to the meaningful use incentive program, requirements related to the switchover to ICD-10 coding or state and regional regulations with regard to health information exchange. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are the key federal agencies related to health IT development.