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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"Given the distance between the proposed rules of the meaningful use program and the reality of the healthcare market, the program's success should be considered a miracle," write one Brookings fellow.
July 22, 2015
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors has approved nearly $142.5 million to support the continuing development and expansion of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.
July 22, 2015
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Proposed new rules for long-term care facilities recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could spur an uptake of EHRs by nursing homes, which many feel were left behind by meaningful use.
July 22, 2015
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Patient matching and patient registration could soon get a boost. Organizations working on the Virtual Clipboard Initiative today released the design and specifications for its new pilot program.
July 17, 2015
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Marilyn Tavenner to represent the political and economic interests of America's commercial payers.
July 15, 2015
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Does your hospital permit employees to use a file-sharing app to store patients' protected health information? Better think again.
July 13, 2015
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Healthcare IT giant Epic is working on a clinical decision tool aimed at helping healthcare providers reduce the risk of falls in unsteady patients. The technology is expected to be ready and available to Epic's EHR clients by year's end.
July 13, 2015
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After 18 months in the making and vigorous bipartisan campaigning, the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to get new medical treatments to market faster, passed the House Friday with a 344-77 vote.
July 13, 2015
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Not unexpectedly, President Barack Obama has nominated Andy Slavitt, currently serving as acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to fill the role of administrator.
July 10, 2015
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In one of four hospitals across the country hand washing -- the best-known way to prevent hospital infections -- is apparently not a priority, according to Leapfrog's new hospital survey.
July 9, 2015
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Because of the "importance for the quality of care and treatment,” CMS suggested in a proposed new rule that it will begin paying doctors for holding those conversations with patients.
July 8, 2015
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Another bipartisan piece of legislation has been introduced in Congress that, if passed, would mean huge advancements for telehealth nationwide.
July 8, 2015
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Hospitals across the country have until September 30 to complete their 2014 reporting period for meaningful use Stage 2. The trajectory is very positive but the position is less than perfect.
August 13, 2014
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The July meeting of the HIT Standards Committee included important discussions of certification for post acute care and behavior health applications, review of data segmentation for privacy, analysis of provider directory standards and more.
July 18, 2014
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One way that standards happen is when a single organization decides that a standard should exist and funds the development of it. The question that concerns me about this is what happens when the funding goes away.
July 3, 2014
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The June HIT Standards Committee focused on an update and evaluation of the standards and interoperability framework initiatives, consistent with the overall theme of ONC’s recent reorganization and strategic plan to focus on fewer goals with a greater depth.
June 23, 2014
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Several times over the past several days I've had to deal with issues of policy which were raised as problems preventing interoperability.
June 13, 2014
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As the person responsible for the management of the hosted electronic health record and practice management system for 200 private and employed providers affiliated with a health system in Massachusetts, I couldn't believe it when I saw new CMS proposed rule modifying the EHR Incentive Program.
June 12, 2014
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Earlier this week, Karen DeSalvo, MD, sent an e-mail to ONC staffers detailing plans to restructure the office. In return, DeSalvo on Tuesday received a letter from the Energy and Commerce committee demanding answers.
June 5, 2014
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John Halamka, MD, offers his take on the recent reorganization at ONC, which reduced 17 different offices to 10.
June 4, 2014
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Last week, I posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS that offers flexibility to Meaningful Use attestation in 2014. Since then, I've received hundreds of emails about it from my fellow CIOs across the country. Here's a summary.
May 28, 2014
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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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