Policy & Legislation

Doctor and patient
By Bernie Monegain 10:20 am January 04, 2016
The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, known as MeHI, has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to 25 behavioral health providers to improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs and ensure appropriate privacy and security protection of behavioral health patient data.
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By Mike Miliard 11:03 am December 31, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in tandem with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, issued a request for information this week -- wanting to hear from providers and vendors as the agencies look to reduce the burden of reporting clinical quality measures.
Bryan Anselm for ProPublica
By Charles Ornstein 09:44 am December 30, 2015
Regulators have logged dozens, even hundreds, of complaints against some health providers for violating federal patient privacy law. Warnings are doled out privately, but sanctions are imposed only rarely. Companies say they take privacy seriously.
Money and tech
By Jessica Davis 10:23 am December 29, 2015
The recent CMS 90/10 final rule extends the 2011 federal funding regulation for Medicaid Eligibility systems. It's just one of the latest CMS efforts to support states attempting to modernize and develop more effective Medicaid IT systems.
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By Kaiser Health News 07:51 am December 29, 2015
Perched on an exam table at the doctor's office watching the clinician type details about their medical problems into their file, what patient hasn't wondered exactly what the doctor is writing? As many as 50 million patients may have a chance to find out in the next few years.
By Jessica Davis 10:58 am December 28, 2015
The law lays out a plan for instituting better security in healthcare but it will require a lot of work to get there.
laptop breach
By Bernie Monegain 10:30 am December 28, 2015
As the year 2015 draws to a close with a warning that healthcare -- more than ever before -- has become a target for cyber security attacks, we list the most recent data breaches reported to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
By Mike Miliard 10:21 am December 22, 2015
A blanket hardship exception from 2015's meaningful use reimbursement penalties passed both the House and Senate last week as part of the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, offering providers wider latitude for securing exemptions from possible fines.
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By Bernie Monegain 11:52 am December 18, 2015
The National Institutes of Health revealed its roster of ambitious goals for the next five years and many of them are either focused on reliant upon technologies.
Steven J. Stack, MD
By Bernie Monegain 11:17 am December 16, 2015
The association, which represents nearly 225,000 members across the country, said the program needs to accommodate the needs of physicians and patients while focusing on promoting the interoperability of electronic health records.

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