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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One of the more troublesome measures of Stage 2 meaningful use has been the requirement that providers get at least five percent of their patients to view download or transmit their digitized health information. That may soon change.
April 20, 2015
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In her keynote Thursday morning at HIMSS15, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said it's now time to "focus beyond adoption" of health IT and create an interoperable, learning health system "upon the strong foundation we all have built."
April 16, 2015
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Jon White, MD, acting deputy national coordinator for health IT, has been coming to the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition since 2004. Back then, the Office of the National Coordinator didn't even yet exist.
April 14, 2015
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The H.I.T. Men and Women award ceremony on April 13 honored nine men and women in healthcare who have made significant contributions through their dedication and vision.
April 14, 2015
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued another proposed rule for meaningful use on Friday, aiming to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3.
April 10, 2015
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A Florida healthcare worker has been indicted by a U.S. district court for swiping the Social Security numbers and personal data of some 9,000 patients and using them for fraudulent purposes.
April 10, 2015
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ONC is "becoming increasingly concerned" about reports of vendors and providers engaged in data blocking practices, "which devalue taxpayer investments in health IT and are fundamentally incompatible with efforts to transform the nation's health system."
April 10, 2015
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Comments to ONC on its draft interoperability roadmap start out with expressions of support, but continue with the nitty-gritty details of implementation -- putting a spotlight on the complexity of achieving something that's so far eluded healthcare.
April 9, 2015
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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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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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This week marks a major milestone in our journey towards adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. As we work toward the secure, private and meaningful exchange of interoperable health information across the continuum of care, the law that made much of this possible turns five.
February 20, 2014
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Readers of my blog know that over the past year, I've written several posts warning about the burden of 2014 certification, the timing overlap of numerous federal programs including ICD-10, and my observations that IT professionals/providers are at the breaking point.
February 12, 2014
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Feb. 4 at the HIT Policy Committee meeting, the Meaningful Use Workgroup presented its recommendations as part of the process leading to a final rule in 2015.
February 4, 2014
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The recent FTC decision in the LabMD case has HIPAA-watchers scratching their heads, tugging their beards, and generally wondering about reconciling FTC-style litigation-based regulation with OCR-style rule-based regulation of health care data privacy and security.
January 30, 2014
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Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014. What advice would I give her, given the current state of healthcare IT stakeholders?
January 22, 2014
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Where does a newbie go to get more information about HL7?
January 21, 2014
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We continue to see progress in improving the nation's healthcare system, and a key tool to helping achieve that goal is the increased use of electronic health records by the nation's doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
January 20, 2014
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2014 represents a transformative year for healthcare in the United States. Exciting innovations are making a significant impact on the industry, and I am hopeful that we will see a transformation across the industry to more consumer-centric and value-driven healthcare.
January 14, 2014
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Healthcare organizations are going to have to make very smart decisions this year. And the best way to do that is to learn from the organizations that have completed a lot of the ICD-10 transition. Here's what you need to pay attention to.
January 3, 2014
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As the year drew to a close, I was interviewed by many trade publications about the key themes that shaped 2013. Here's my own version of the notable events of 2013.
January 2, 2014
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