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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Epic and IBM, which have teamed up to win the massive federal contract to replace the Department of Defense's ailing electronic health record system, revealed this week they would not be going it alone: They've recruited a small army of healthcare experts, including a CIO and a patient advocate, to help give them an edge.
January 9, 2015
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The proposed rule for Stage 3 meaningful use has landed at the Office of Management and Budget, alongside one from ONC aiming to make electronic health record certifications more broadly applicable across care settings.
January 7, 2015
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A new survey of physicians by Healthcare IT News' sister site finds that 55 percent of them won't attest to Stage 2 meaningful use this year. It's "almost impossible" says one specialist polled by Medical Practice Insider.
January 6, 2015
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While "persistent challenges and barriers" related to infrastructure and funding continue to vex state health information exchanges, there's still ample need for their services and plenty of opportunity at the state and federal levels to keep supporting them, according to a new report presented to ONC.
January 2, 2015
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The ABC television show "NY Med" filmed Mark Chanko's final moments without the approval of his family. Even though his face was blurred, his wife recognized him. "I saw my husband die before my eyes."
January 2, 2015
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The world's largest consulting firm has secured a behemoth five-year contract to continue its work on the federal government's health insurance marketplace.
December 30, 2014
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The potential cost of breaches for the healthcare industry could be as much as $5.6 billion annually, according to a new report from Experian, a global information services firm. The report is Experian's second annual data breach forecast across industries.
December 29, 2014
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In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.
December 19, 2014
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Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown an uptick, but many providers still struggle. With the Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers and 28 fellow members of Congress have again called on HHS for a shorter reporting period. The AMA, meanwhile, is "appalled" that more than half of eligible providers will face penalties in 2015.
December 18, 2014
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The government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The awards will go to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.
December 17, 2014
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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative is a new national trade organization of HIEs, banding together to gain economies of scale, drive financial sustainability and raise awareness among healthcare organizations and legislators.
December 17, 2014
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Quality care is top of mind for Maureen Bisognano, RN. It has been since she was a young nurse, and it became a true mission as she worked side by side with Donald Berwick, MD, at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Today, as president and CEO of IHI, Bisognano says she's "very encouraged" about its successes so far.
December 15, 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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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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