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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Interoperability has been part of the healthcare lexicon for at least a couple of decades. Today, however, true interoperability does not seem to be happening at the scale nor the speed the industry needs.
April 29, 2015
News
With $9.75 million in hand from gifts and matching funds, Duke University is launching an initiative focused on harnessing vast amounts of data to tackle society's biggest challenges. Healthcare is chief among them.
April 29, 2015
News
The $25 billion EMR market will continue to grow even after the government incentives for doctors and hospitals to go digital have vanished, according to new research from Kalorama Information.
April 28, 2015
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The FDA is offering a grant of up to $1 million to turn large amounts of EHR data into numbers the agency can use to gauge the effectiveness of FDA-approved drugs.
April 24, 2015
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In a new white paper by the Samsung Innovation Center at Children's Health Fund, researchers examine how technology could help improve the health of children in poverty across the country.
April 24, 2015
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At first glance, patient satisfaction surveys that are linked to hospital Medicare payments may seem great in theory. But tying hospital payments to subjective patient experience metrics may actually result in serious harm by diverting attention away from clinical outcomes.
April 23, 2015
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will disburse $120 million to fund 34 patient-centered clinical comparative and clinical effectiveness research on a range of conditions and patient populations.
April 23, 2015
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With a meaningful use requirement for healthcare organizations to drive at least 5 percent of their patients to an online portal, KLAS finds that three vendors have more than 20 percent of their customers' patients accessing the portal, far surpassing the requisite.
April 23, 2015
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced its star ratings last week for more than 3,500 hospitals, enabling consumers to compare hospitals before making a choice. Find out who's tops here.
April 21, 2015
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It seems that all anyone had to do was ask. Just a few days after ONC reprimanded EHR vendors for charging fees for exchanging patient data, Epic CEO Judy Faulkner reportedly announced at HIMSS15 that Epic would drop fees until at least 2020.
April 21, 2015
News
ONC has released a new and improved handbook for securing electronic health information. Among the highlights: How to comply with meaningful use security requirements, questions to ask health IT vendors and HIPAA compliance checklists.
April 21, 2015
News
The National Institutes of Health's Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center is awarding $20 billion for IT work. The money will be disbursed among 65 companies across the country.
April 20, 2015
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The July meeting of the HIT Standards Committee included important discussions of certification for post acute care and behavior health applications, review of data segmentation for privacy, analysis of provider directory standards and more.
July 18, 2014
Blog
One way that standards happen is when a single organization decides that a standard should exist and funds the development of it. The question that concerns me about this is what happens when the funding goes away.
July 3, 2014
Blog
The June HIT Standards Committee focused on an update and evaluation of the standards and interoperability framework initiatives, consistent with the overall theme of ONC’s recent reorganization and strategic plan to focus on fewer goals with a greater depth.
June 23, 2014
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Several times over the past several days I've had to deal with issues of policy which were raised as problems preventing interoperability.
June 13, 2014
Blog
As the person responsible for the management of the hosted electronic health record and practice management system for 200 private and employed providers affiliated with a health system in Massachusetts, I couldn't believe it when I saw new CMS proposed rule modifying the EHR Incentive Program.
June 12, 2014
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Earlier this week, Karen DeSalvo, MD, sent an e-mail to ONC staffers detailing plans to restructure the office. In return, DeSalvo on Tuesday received a letter from the Energy and Commerce committee demanding answers.
June 5, 2014
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John Halamka, MD, offers his take on the recent reorganization at ONC, which reduced 17 different offices to 10.
June 4, 2014
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Last week, I posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS that offers flexibility to Meaningful Use attestation in 2014. Since then, I've received hundreds of emails about it from my fellow CIOs across the country. Here's a summary.
May 28, 2014
Blog
I just spent three long days covering the open public forum on the FDASIA report. Federal officials, at the end, said they got from the meeting exactly what they were hoping to get: feedback.
May 20, 2014
Blog
Why politics, parity and performance requirements mean behavioral health hospitals should adopt now.
May 13, 2014
Blog
Did you hear the one about the CMS administrator who was asked what it would take to delay the 2014 ICD-10 implementation deadline? An act of Congress, he smugly replied, according to unverified reports.
April 23, 2014
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There are innumerable clinical, financial and compliance issues to be concerned about in this watershed era for the American healthcare system. However, do not forget about HIPAA.
April 17, 2014
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Tucson Medical Center and local physicians, with the help of health technology and services company Optum, today announced they are creating the nation’s first “Sustainable Health Community,” based on an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in which hospitals, physicians, residents, employers and others share in the risk and rewards of making the health system work better for everyone.
June 9, 2011
Press Release
NorthShore University HealthSystem is one of the first health systems in the country to be recognized by the federal government for demonstrating meaningful use of its electronic medical record system in a way that improves patient care and safety.
June 6, 2011
Press Release
Health Level Seven® International (HL7), the global authority for interoperability and standards in healthcare information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the appointment of Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, director of the Office of Interoperability and Standards, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), to the HL7 Board of Directors.
May 31, 2011
Press Release
Earlier this year, President Obama outlined his plan to create a 21st-century regulatory system that is simpler and smarter and that protects the health and safety of the American people in a pragmatic and cost-effective way. He called for a change in culture to incorporate ongoing review of regulations into our operations. We can target rules already on the books to increase flexibility and remove regulations that are out-of-date, unnecessary, excessively burdensome, or in conflict with other rules.
May 26, 2011
Press Release
CSC announced today that its CareVeillance real-time clinical surveillance solution has been certified as an inpatient Electronic Health Record (EHR) module for quality reporting by the Drummond Group, in accordance with the applicable hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
May 16, 2011
Press Release