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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The American Medical Association on Monday named its new president-elect, who has been recognized for his involvement with health information technology. The to-be president has been critical of several aspects of the EHR Incentive Program.
June 10, 2014
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Interoperability, the Achilles heel of electronic health record progress has been in the limelight since the beginning of the stimulus package incentive funding for EHR adoption. Against that backdrop, ONC on Thursday offered a 10-year plan for achieving interoperability.
June 6, 2014
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The U.S. Senate voted in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon. Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise.
June 6, 2014
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Delivering on its promise to offer tactical recommendations for steering the healthcare industry to ICD-10, the Workgroup for Data Interchange on Thursday circulated a roadmap.
June 5, 2014
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Ralph Johnson figured once would be enough. Having passed one EHR Incentive Program audit, he assumed his small health system had proven its meaningful use merit to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Then he got another email.
June 5, 2014
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the U.S. government will continue to offer open access to data as fuel for healthcare innovation.
June 4, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD outlined what the next era of health IT will look like, noting that key focus areas include implementing an interoperability roadmap, supporting care transformation, care quality and safety, public health, as well as establishing a framework that will advance not only health IT, but also meaningful consumer engagement.
June 2, 2014
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In its newly released semiannual report to Congress, OIG says it focused on "core risk areas" associated with the marketplaces, including eligibility systems, payment accuracy, contractor oversight, and data security.
May 30, 2014
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Working on the patient portal portion of Stage 2 meaningful use? Officials at Mayo Clinic can offer some valuable insight into their own portal rollout -- challenges that have arisen, privacy concerns and how to do it right.
May 30, 2014
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Information is money. And data brokers, companies that mine consumers' personal information and sell to the highest bidder, know this more than anyone. Their practices in collecting said data, however, have recently come under fire.
May 28, 2014
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A Stanford University engineering group has come up with a way to manipulate deep body implants -- such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators and brain stem devices -- wirelessly.
May 27, 2014
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Round two of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Care Innovation Awards have officially kicked off, after the announcement Thursday of its first group of prospective winners.
May 23, 2014
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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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Tuesday morning, National HIT Coordinator Farzad Mostashari resigned. His letter to ONC staff was profound. As I read it, I felt a lump in my throat. He will be missed.
August 7, 2013
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“Accountable” is one of the most popular buzzwords in healthcare today. Whether an organization is striving to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or pursuing a less formal approach to delivering necessary, efficient and effective care, the term frequently comes up in today’s organizational strategy discussions.
July 15, 2013
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