Policy and Legislation

Stories on healthcare IT policy focus on subjects such as legislative developments impacting healthcare IT, regulations for the use of IT in the delivery of healthcare, guidelines for monitoring quality of care, and funding opportunities in healthcare IT. Policy stories often deal with the federal, state and local institutions responsible for regulating the healthcare IT industry.



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With little news on Stage 2 meaningful use updates since the proposed rule in April, the Medical Group Management Association is calling on CMS to extend the 2015 reporting period.
September 1, 2015
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Fifty hospital and health system members of Premier across 24 states are testing, defining and scaling new strategies in a nationwide effort to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
September 1, 2015
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The former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its EHR helps "box out the competition."
August 31, 2015
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Medicare fee-for-service providers, clearinghouses and billing agencies built on earlier successes during the final end-to-end testing week in July, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
August 28, 2015
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Turns out the Department of Veterans Affairs uses a Web-based communication platform that isn't exactly secure. In fact, a new report suggests VA practices in this case might have put protected health information at serious risk.
August 27, 2015
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Cerner CEO Neal Patterson earned $6,599,410 - or 102 times the $65,000 median pay for employees at the Kansas City, Mo.-based health IT company, according to research firm Glassdoor.
August 27, 2015
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Despite the many Medicare shared savings ACOs that cut enough of their spending in 2014 to merit financial incentives, the lion's share of them fell below the payment threshold, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Tuesday.
August 26, 2015
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Novant Health patients soon will be able to share data from their fitness tracker with their doctor through the health system's electronic patient portal, MyChart.
August 25, 2015
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The President's Commission on White House Fellowships announced Monday the appointment of the 2015-2016 class of White House Fellows, and seven among them work in the healthcare sector.
August 25, 2015
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The White House is looking for new ways to help its Precision Medicine Initiative gain steam, such as better engaging patients and participants, using novel technologies and including underserved populations in research.
August 24, 2015
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As Washington looks eagerly toward Stage 3 meaningful use, many providers are still working toward Stage 2. Despite disappointing attestation numbers in 2014, and widespread complaints about its challenging criteria, more and more are getting close to the finish line.
August 21, 2015
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Just three weeks after landing the Department of Defense's massive, multi-billion-dollar EHR modernization project with its partner Cerner, Leidos has notched another military health win.
August 19, 2015
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The threat of million dollar penalties from increasingly enforced HIPAA regulations is making Healthcare Organizations take notice and reevaluate their patient information security infrastructure. Watch this recorded webcast to see how your organization can reduce the risk and learn how HIPAA have enhanced the enforceability of the penalties for Healthcare organizations through rewarding whistleblowing and requiring Healthcare to disprove the harm done by data breaches.
July 23, 2013
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The threat of fines and decrees for noncompliance with HIPAA regulations has become real and palpable, resulting in covered entities and business associates increasing IT security spending, attempting to ward off costly compliance audits. Read this Gartner report to learn about the impact this has on healthcare organizations and the recommendations by Gartner to help your organization minimize risk and remain compliant.
July 23, 2013
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A comprehensive eBook, offering the tips and tools to help healthcare professionals on the path to MU and beyond.
May 9, 2013
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Explore not only the enforcement trends (including FTC) designed to protect healthcare organizations but also learn about practical and scalable compliance tools designed to assess and address security risks.
June 10, 2015
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Much of the news surrounding healthcare in recent years has centered on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which radically changes the way healthcare is provided to millions of Americans. Care providers, compliance officers, and legal departments are all too aware that the ACA is only the latest in a series of legislation and regulations to affect the healthcare industry over the past 20 years. Read this white paper and learn how affordable software tools now exist in order to conduct remote investigations quickly without paying a third-party service provider. In addition, you’ll learn how for many mid-sized organization in and around the healthcare industry, these investigations are slow and costly.
June 16, 2014
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For health insurers, data integrity and visibility are key to successful integration with the Federal Marketplace. However, complex processes and trivial errors can lead to data gaps that impact revenue, profitability and member satisfaction. Adopting a standarized approach to data integrity early in the process is critical to succesfully adapting to the technologies and processes of the Affordable Care Act.
March 11, 2014
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Since 2009, Regional Obstetrical Consultants (ROC) has operated the Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Counties (STORC) project, a telemedicine program that delivers care in rural areas to women with at-risk pregnancies who would otherwise have little or no access to greatly needed, high-risk care. Learn how the physicians at ROC have implemented a telemedicine solution to bring mobile healthcare to remote locations.
November 27, 2013
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Federal mandates, the adoption of health information systems and consumerism are driving the demand for and helping to create more health information – to the tune of thousands of petabytes. Big data is growing more complex as it encompasses greater variety, velocity and volume. Healthcare providers and payers, healthcare and life science researchers, and health IT innovators are collaborating to manage, make sense of and apply analytics to big data. This white paper, based on the 2013 Intel Health & Life Sciences Innovation Summit, will show how turning big data into relevant, actionable information will help transform the healthcare and life sciences industries, creating a more cost-efficient, high-quality, personalized healthcare delivery system.
November 4, 2013
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Iron Mountain has prepared this primer to help you navigate the changes in HIPAA, clarify the role of vendors and other third parties, and heighten your awareness of best practices that will aid in compliance and improve the management of both paper and electronic health records.
October 21, 2013
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
May 23, 2013
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
April 2, 2013
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This white paper focuses on how an EHR-Extender (EHR-e) can help hospitals leverage data trapped in the EHR and other clinical systems to establish better care team communication. The result of contextual critical alerts and texts are improved communication and enhanced workflows which makes patients, healthcare staff, administration, and regulators happy.
January 2, 2013
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Stakeholders are gathering to discuss next year's priorities. John Halamka, MD, outlines what's top of mind for healthcare IT leaders.
August 20, 2015
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Yes, an adoptable data exchange standard like FHIR is necessary, but without a national patient identifier it is not sufficient.
August 11, 2015
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There's a lot to be gleaned from tactics the Defense Department employed when announcing its EHR contract. Other federal agencies should be paying attention.
August 7, 2015
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While Medicaid spending rose 386 percent between 1987 and 2013, another area spiked as much 447 percent in the same timeframe.
August 5, 2015
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EHR vendors don't really have a strong incentive to make their products interoperable. But putting those standards in the hands of the government also isn't perfect.
August 3, 2015
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The dangers of data breach make for great headlines: data held for ransom, financial fraud, medical identity theft. But despite the risks of a breach, the most immediate threat in most security incidents is failure to comply with regulatory requirements.
July 30, 2015
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The dangers of data breach make for great headlines: data held for ransom, financial fraud, medical identity theft. But despite the risks of a breach, the most immediate threat in most security incidents is failure to comply with regulatory requirements.
July 30, 2015
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Here's a hint: MA is the only national program that engages payers, providers and consumers to support all three elements of the Triple Aim.
July 28, 2015
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Tucked into the FDA innovations of the 21st Century Cures Act recently passed by the House of Representatives and sent over to the Senate is a subtitle on interoperability.
July 20, 2015
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John Halamka, MD, discusses the issue causing providers anxiety and why Congress wants to intervene.
June 3, 2015
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Continuity of care or accountability of care is unlikely without Medicare Shared Savings and Meaningful Use health IT incentives for mental and behavioral health providers.
May 27, 2015
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Every technology has an adoption journey. The classic Gartner hype curve travels from a Technology Trigger to the Peak of Inflated Expectations followed by the Trough of Disillusionment.
May 27, 2015
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Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, and former senior Senate Finance Committee member Senator John Breaux, along with leading experts on telemedicine, today released new research showing that the use of connected care technologies for chronic disease management can result in high-quality, lower-cost care.
May 21, 2014
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AtHoc's interactive applications improve the security of Care at Home remote workforce with two-way personal safety alerting capabilities.
October 23, 2013
Press Release
Royal Philips, a global leader in healthcare and digital pathology, announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Her2/neu IHC Digital Manual Read product in the US.
October 16, 2013
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Multiple Aplio 500 Ultrasound Systems Make Exams Easier to Perform, Provide More Accurate Diagnoses.
September 17, 2013
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Decision Simulation LLC, the leading provider of web- based simulation platforms, announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs has extended its enterprise license with Decision Simulation to support their SimLEARN initiative.
June 6, 2013
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In the year since the first NYeC gala, there have been revolutionary advancements in health IT throughout New York and across the nation. On Monday, October 15th, five champions of health IT will be highlighted at the second gala and award ceremony.
September 28, 2012
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Sandlot Solutions, a leading healthcare information technology company, recently released The New Model of Health Information Exchanges: Using Data and Analytics to Improve Health Care Delivery, an industry report highlighting the evolution of health information exchange (HIE) and how advancements such as digital envelope technology drive new functionalities and capabilities. Fourth-generation HIEs extend beyond the simple exchange of patient records to the meaningful use of data for the delivery and coordination of care at the individual and community levels.
September 27, 2012
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Aetna and Hunterdon HealthCare Partners have announced a new accountable care agreement that will improve the quality and cost of patient care, helping members and plan sponsors save money.
July 19, 2012
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit Houston to discuss how hospitals and health care providers are finding innovative ways to improve patient care.
March 8, 2012
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Online publication will provide business and technology intelligence to small and medium sized physician group practices
January 6, 2012
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Yardi announced today that it has acquired ALMSA Corporation, which provides electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medication administration record (eMAR) software and services for assisted living and long-term care communities.
January 6, 2012
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RF Surgical, Inc., the leader in prevention and detection of retained surgical items (RSI), today announced a three year agreement with the Premier healthcare alliance, a leader in healthcare performance improvement. Under the terms of the agreement, the more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals, and 78,000 additional healthcare sites in the alliance, can select RF Surgical Detection Technology to prevent and detect RSIs from occurring in the operating room.
November 9, 2011
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