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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As the U.S. population grows, the physician workforce shrinks, and information technology fundamentally changes the way care is delivered, the Institute of Medicine says graduate medical education needs an overhaul.
July 30, 2014
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Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives at the troubled agency.
July 30, 2014
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, with more than 1,400 CIO and IT team members, has released a case study that delves into the workings of a Rush University Medical Center initiative that gives veterans opportunities to become part of a healthcare IT workforce.
July 24, 2014
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On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't seem to get a handle on certain hospital-acquired infections.
July 23, 2014
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Patient advocate and researcher Jessie Gruman died July 14 at the age of 60, after living with cancer for the better part of her life and turning her struggle into frameworks for progress. In 1992, Gruman helped launch and lead the Center for Advancing Health to help improve the healthcare system after two decades navigating modern medicine herself.
July 21, 2014
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It's a chilling reality -- one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. -- third only to heart disease and cancer -- claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Congressional hearing July 17, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with IT often at the center of discussions.
July 18, 2014
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Jonathan Bush, former ambulance driver, founder of birthing centers in San Diego and co-founder and CEO of athenahealth, a public company valued at nearly $5 billion, can add author to his list of achievements.
July 17, 2014
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There has been no increase in new patient visits since the Affordable Care Act took effect. This, according to ACAView, a report from cloud-based EHR company athenahealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, released today, is the first of quarterly reports to come gauging the various metrics associated with healthcare reform.
July 16, 2014
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The prevalence of prescribing via electronic health record has skyrocketed over the past decade. Almost unheard of in 2006, nowadays more than 70 percent of physicians e-prescribe, according to new data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
July 15, 2014
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Few healthcare IT policies these days are as delicate, sensitive and potentially emotionally explosive as efforts to restrict or regulate employee social media activity. And yet hospital hierarchies are routinely stepping on these political minefields as providers try to protect their reputations.
July 15, 2014
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The EHR Association, which is made up of nearly 40 EHR companies, urged the Office of the National Coordinator and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide the meaningful use final rule ASAP.
July 11, 2014
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CMS and ONC revealed the latest statistics on Tuesday morning, showing that 1 percent of eligible providers and 3 percent of eligible hospitals have attested to Stage 2 to date.
July 9, 2014
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After nearly 20 years as a CIO, I've learned that even with the best people, best planning and appropriate budgets, large, complex projects encounter issues imposed by external factors that cannot be predicted during initial project scheduling.
October 24, 2013
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Over the next few months, Jacob Reider will serve as the interim National Coordinator for Healthcare IT while the search continues for Farzad Mostashari's permanent replacement. What advice would I give to the next national coordinator?
October 10, 2013
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On October 1, I joined a panel at the CareFwd conference discussing the innovations needed in healthcare today. I highlighted five key areas.
October 4, 2013
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Non-essential US government operations are shut down. That has some impacts on us in the Health IT Standards development space.
October 2, 2013
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The September HIT Standards Committee focused on image exchange, scenario-based certification, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), and an important discussion about setting standards priorities for FY14.
September 24, 2013
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Our approach has been to leverage the modularity of Meaningful Use Stage 2 to divide up the work among vendors, the State government, and our own developers.
September 17, 2013
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National Health Information Technology Week is an event with various activities in Washington D.C. and communities all around the country. I am looking forward to hosting the National Health IT Week Blog Carnival which will run from September 16-20, 2013.
September 16, 2013
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What I find stifling is the pace at which meaningful use is proceeding. When you put an entire industry under the MU pressure cooker, the need to meet federal mandates overwhelms anything else.
September 10, 2013
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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, I've thought about the months ahead and the major challenges I'll face.
September 5, 2013
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There is no question that the resources required to process, analyze, and manage petabytes of genomic information represent a huge burden. That burden becomes even greater when one factors in the need to handle these data in compliance with an alphabet soup of regulatory regimes.
September 4, 2013
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I've noticed a trend of late. A significant number of standards efforts are being pushed forwards by funded projects, instead of through unfunded initiatives.
August 26, 2013
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It should be obvious what this post is, and who it is about. If not, I'll follow my usual pattern anyway.
August 8, 2013
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