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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Some 1,200 health IT professionals packed into the Washington Hilton this week for the 2015 ONC Annual Meeting. The focus this year? Interoperability, standards and big data.
February 4, 2015
News
The Obama Administration is budgeting $215 million for what's being called the Precision Medicine Initiative -- a project White House officials say will "pioneer a new model of patient-powered research."
February 2, 2015
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Finally, CMS has acknowledged a months-long chorus of frustration from industry groups that existing meaningful use rules are just too onerous. One typical reaction: "Hip, hip hooray!"
January 30, 2015
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After months of loud pushback from providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seems finally to be willing to loosen up its stringent reporting requirements, and looks ready to make changes to the federal EHR Incentive Programs.
January 29, 2015
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After four years and $60 million, ONC's Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program has pretty much wound down. Has it made electronic health records any more usable?
January 29, 2015
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has hired a new chief medical officer, who officials say will take the reins starting Feb. 23.
January 28, 2015
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In what it's calling a 'historic' announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services has set new goals to speed the U.S. healthcare system toward value-based care.
January 26, 2015
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Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings.
January 26, 2015
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In a time of "fast innovation and investment" in health technology, an open Internet is essential, argues a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks.
January 23, 2015
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National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, has appointed a practicing physician to head a newly created role: Chief Health Information Officer.
January 21, 2015
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Responding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's call for comments on its draft plan, the American Association of Family Physicians did not mince words.
January 20, 2015
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"It's hard to comprehend how HHS can move forward to full-year reporting when the numbers for 90-day reporting are so low," said Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., criticizing the rigidity of the meaningful use program as she reintroduced her Flex-IT Act earlier this week.
January 16, 2015
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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
Blog
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
Blog
John Halamka, MD, offers his take on the recent reorganization at ONC, which reduced 17 different offices to 10.
June 4, 2014
Blog
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
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Why politics, parity and performance requirements mean behavioral health hospitals should adopt now.
May 13, 2014
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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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The first quarter of 2014 is over and yet we are still witnessing EHR system vendors asking the government for more time, or to lessen the certification demands, for Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use of EHRs program.
April 14, 2014
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With meaningful use and ICD-10 deadlines inching closer, it is almost as if we are watching an expected slow and steady storm roll in. This sizable downpour will affect healthcare organizations, vendors, and payors alike, and it contains financial hazards that can be avoided.
March 26, 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