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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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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Despite all the recent industry-wide discussion, objective measures suggest that health IT interoperability is still only barely simmering, says John Loonsk, MD.
April 6, 2015
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Noting that it builds on an approach that it "actively supports" -- standards to lay the groundwork for interoperability, and processes to certify that those standards are implemented -- HIMSS has offered qualified support for ONC's Interoperability Roadmap.
April 3, 2015
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When CMS dropped the Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rule March 20, industry response wasn't immediate. But now it's sinking in, and many have gone to Twitter to voice their opinions. Here's our roundup.
April 3, 2015
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A report from the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a sentinel alert from the Joint Commission issued in succession this week hit patient safety hard.
April 2, 2015
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The Office of Inspector General is once again calling out CMS for failing to adequately address fraud vulnerabilities in electronic health records.
April 1, 2015
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Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak recently announced that he will step down from the job this month. Tom Sullivan spoke with Sivak in 2013 about disrupting government culture with technology and modern business practices.
April 1, 2015
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With just six months to go, the healthcare industry is closer to an ICD-10 compliance deadline than it's ever been. But the code set conversion is still not free and clear from the chance that Congress could delay it again.
April 1, 2015
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Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be leaving in April. No word yet about what's next for him.
March 31, 2015
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At no other time in history has there been such a concentrated push for interoperability as there is today. But that doesn't mean the road to connected care will be an easy one.
March 27, 2015
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On March 20, CMS released its proposed Stage 3 rules and certification critieria for eligible hospitals and providers. This analysis by Micky Tripathi and John Halamka, MD, goes through the good, the bad and the ugly of it all.
March 25, 2015
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More than 98 percent of athenahealth's medical practice clients achieved Stage 2 meaningful use in 2014. That number surpasses the MU attestation rate -- so far -- for any other EHR vendor, company officials say.
March 25, 2015
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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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Over the next few months, Jacob Reider will serve as the interim National Coordinator for Healthcare IT while the search continues for Farzad Mostashari's permanent replacement. What advice would I give to the next national coordinator?
October 10, 2013
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