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 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will reopen the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception applications.
October 7, 2014
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A major healthcare investment firm says the insurance industry will have to abandon its 50-year-old business plan and embrace mHealth, among other changes, to survive.
October 6, 2014
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Judy Murphy, RN, director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is the latest in a long drumbeat of departures from the agency. Murphy will leave ONC to become chief nursing officer at IBM Healthcare Global Business Services.
October 3, 2014
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It's imperative for the success of interoperability that Stage 3 meaningful use be less stringent, giving health IT vendors the necessary latitude to develop innovative products, according to a draft report from ONC's joint HIT Policy and Standards Committee JASON task force.
October 3, 2014
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The National Institutes of Health will award $46 million in grants to support the government's cognitive research initiative known as BRAIN, or Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies.
October 2, 2014
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As Shellshock, the latest serious cybersecurity flaw, casts its shadow over healthcare, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized a set of recommendations to protect medical devices from Web-based attacks.
October 2, 2014
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HIMSS executives this week had three big messages for the Department of Health and Human Services and newcomer chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell: They want to see serious changes with meaningful use, interoperability and clinical quality measures.
October 2, 2014
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When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause.
October 1, 2014
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North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched HealthForce, a new business unit that will offer coding services to other healthcare organizations nationwide.
September 30, 2014
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As health information managers gathered in San Diego this week for the AHIMA annual convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could result in more workers to fulfill the increasing demand for health IT and data analytics professionals.
September 30, 2014
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Amidst the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 people thus far, government entities in the U.S. and abroad are moving to harness personnel and technologies to better manage the outbreak.
September 29, 2014
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange this week shared the results of its latest ICD-10 survey with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. It suggests that some momentum was lost as many payers, vendors and providers eased up on the gas pedal.
September 26, 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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There are days when I feel like an outsider to the ePatient movement. An alien looking in. I may show up in a list of ePatients somewhere, but I'm not really a patient, because I get paid to work in healthcare.
December 30, 2013
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The December HIT Standards Committee focused on patient generated data, image sharing, patient matching, and the 2014 work plan, ensuring we select the necessary standards to support meaningful use stage 3 policy goals.
December 26, 2013
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You've all probably heard by now that there's going to be a change to the Meaningful Use Stage 3 roll-out. So, what is in store?
December 18, 2013
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Now that we have experience with two stages of meaningful use, it's also clear that a three year cycle is needed to ensure safe, high value, well adopted, introduction of new IT functionality.
December 2, 2013
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People are working hard. Priority setting is appropriate. Funding is available. The problem is that the scope is too big and the timeline is too short. What are the risks?
November 20, 2013
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The November HIT Standards Committee focused on the current status of certification and attestation, readiness of standards for patient generated data, ONC S&I Framework progress and the overall HITSC workplan.
November 14, 2013
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While listening to the Nov. 6 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, I'll be honest, I along with probably everyone else, was dying to hear a few words from the latest person to take the helm of ONC, Jacob Reider.
November 13, 2013
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I've written several posts about the frustrating aspects of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certification. The Clinical Quality Measures are certainly one of the problem spots.
November 6, 2013
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A guy who launches websites for a living says Healthcare.gov is, despite popular opinion, not the worst website of all time.
October 29, 2013
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Do we really need a “tech surge?” Or, more to the point, do we really need to use an Iraqi war reference when fixing a healthcare website?
October 25, 2013
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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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