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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What to make of the newest Congressional wrangling over the conversion to ICD-10 and the rekindled debate that has followed. Also: the one thing healthcare executives should be doing right now.
May 20, 2015
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The list of organizations lining up against ICD-10 is growing -- as is the ferocity of their tone, as the latest in the fray is a conservative think tank that's calling on Congress to abandon the code set transition.
May 19, 2015
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The Office of the National Coordinator has shared the reams of public feedback it's received in response to the first draft of its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. Opinion ranges from enthusiastic support to flat opposition.
May 18, 2015
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The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, the bill filed earlier this month by Republican Texas Rep. Ted Poe that would prohibit HHS from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10, has garnered the support of the American Medical Association.
May 15, 2015
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To date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has paid out more than $30 billion in EHR incentive cash to hospitals and providers that meet meaningful use requirements. Check out our breakdown of these payments by hospital and provider type, as well as attestation stats by month.
May 14, 2015
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One thing about ICD-10 is becoming crystal clear: The compliance deadline is not going to arrive without Congressional resistance. A new GOP-sponsored House bill calls for an 18-month transition period to ensure the conversion goes smoothly.
May 14, 2015
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Developing new cures for the thousands of diseases for which there is none may seem all well and good -- but some patient advocates say the 21st Century Cures initiative launched by a House of Representatives panel is throwing privacy out the window.
May 14, 2015
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The 21st Century Cures bill put forth by the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health, is set for markup Thursday, a process in which subcommittee members offer amendments.
May 13, 2015
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President Obama's nomination of ONC Chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, to the post of Assistant HHS Secretary, did not surprise many in health IT circles. After all, she was already Acting Assistant Secretary. As some stakeholders say, if she is confirmed, they will have an advocate in an even higher position in government.
May 8, 2015
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HHS could soon release a big collection of data, twice as much as it has in the past, according to a report from Medical Practice Insider.
May 8, 2015
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, has been nominated by President Obama to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If she is confirmed by the Senate, she would step down as National Coordinator for Health IT, a post she has held since January 2014.
May 7, 2015
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Once again, proposed legislation that would block the ICD-10 conversion is back -- almost. Without the actual text, though, it's hard to speculate on its chances of passing the House and Senate.
May 6, 2015
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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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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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