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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Donald Lindberg, MD, the outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine, recognized early on the promise in putting research online.
April 8, 2015
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More than $28.5 billion has been paid out so far as part of the federal Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, helping drive electronic health record adoption from coast to coast. This map and sortable table shows who's gotten how much.
April 8, 2015
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Rival EHR giants Cerner Corporation and Epic Systems have joined iPatientCare as CMS Designated Test EHR Program participants.
April 8, 2015
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WEDI's newest survey of ICD-10 readiness among providers, vendors and health plans is out. And the progress report is not as promising as officials had hoped.
April 6, 2015
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Despite all the recent industry-wide discussion, objective measures suggest that health IT interoperability is still only barely simmering, says John Loonsk, MD.
April 6, 2015
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Noting that it builds on an approach that it "actively supports" -- standards to lay the groundwork for interoperability, and processes to certify that those standards are implemented -- HIMSS has offered qualified support for ONC's Interoperability Roadmap.
April 3, 2015
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When CMS dropped the Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rule March 20, industry response wasn't immediate. But now it's sinking in, and many have gone to Twitter to voice their opinions. Here's our roundup.
April 3, 2015
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A report from the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a sentinel alert from the Joint Commission issued in succession this week hit patient safety hard.
April 2, 2015
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The Office of Inspector General is once again calling out CMS for failing to adequately address fraud vulnerabilities in electronic health records.
April 1, 2015
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Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak recently announced that he will step down from the job this month. Tom Sullivan spoke with Sivak in 2013 about disrupting government culture with technology and modern business practices.
April 1, 2015
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With just six months to go, the healthcare industry is closer to an ICD-10 compliance deadline than it's ever been. But the code set conversion is still not free and clear from the chance that Congress could delay it again.
April 1, 2015
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Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be leaving in April. No word yet about what's next for him.
March 31, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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