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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A Stanford University engineering group has come up with a way to manipulate deep body implants -- such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators and brain stem devices -- wirelessly.
May 27, 2014
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Round two of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Care Innovation Awards have officially kicked off, after the announcement Thursday of its first group of prospective winners.
May 23, 2014
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Healthcare providers and IT vendors just got a dose of welcome relief from the increasingly controversial certification pieces of meaningful use.
May 21, 2014
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Things are starting to look up for small and midsized practices facing a barrage of federal regulations threatening to drive them toward acquisition, big bank loans or, even worse, extinction.
May 20, 2014
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Federally qualified health centers are now adopting health information technology at higher rates than office-based physicians, according to a new report, but FQHCs' concerns over addressing rising demand with persisting staff shortages remain top of mind.
May 20, 2014
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What the U.S. government really needs now is a federal safety center for health IT, federal officials and health industry attendees at a three-day FDA safety workshop agreed. The sooner the better.
May 20, 2014
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The Food and Drug Administration, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Federal Communication Commission hosted a workshop this past week where panel members representing the IT and mobile world participated. For the most part, the constituencies endorsed the risk-based regulatory approach proposed in FDA's Safety Innovation Act.
May 19, 2014
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The way John Berneike, MD, sees it, being an early adopter of electronic health records has put him in line for unintended punishment under Stage 2 meaningful use.
May 16, 2014
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While an HIE referral arrangement reversal has upset the applecart for some, most providers are taking it in stride.
May 15, 2014
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Technologists have worked for years to break down data silos in healthcare. Then, just as it seemed they were starting to figure out interoperability, along comes a flood of mobile health apps that simply don't connect to anything.
May 15, 2014
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Author, consultant and futurist Ian Morrison served up the opening keynote at the National Healthcare Innovation Summit on May 14 in Boston with a large dose of wit. But he delivered a somber message concerning the urgent need for innovation in healthcare.
May 15, 2014
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When it comes to the topic of meaningful use, Colin Banas, MD, is driven by fear. And he's far from being the only one.
May 14, 2014
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Anyone familiar with HL7 has undoubtedly heard about the emerging HL7 FHIR standard, introduced by Grahame Grieve, principal at Health Intersections in Melbourne, Australia, and an active participant in the HL7 International organization.
June 14, 2013
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Last week I spent a half day in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I was joined by at least 50 others, including patients, health IT vendors, healthcare providers, and quite a number of federal agency staffers, as we talked about the next steps for providing patients with access to their data.
June 11, 2013
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s long-awaited (in health IT circles, anyway) decision on the Department of Defense’s core health IT system has been made. The VA’s VistA system is out as the preferred DoD. Unless it’s not.
June 6, 2013
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Data that support medical decision-making and collaboration, dovetailing with new tools in the Affordable Care Act, are spurring the innovation necessary to deliver improved health care for more people at affordable prices.
May 30, 2013
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Although “pay-and-chase” methods are still commonplace, health plans can supplement their recovery efforts with pre-payment analytics.
May 17, 2013
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The FDA launched an impressive patient network website this month, after nearly four years of research, focus groups, usability testing and more.
May 16, 2013
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Last year, ONC issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather public input on a potential regulatory approach that would have spelled out “conditions for trusted exchange” (safeguards, technical, and business practice) through rulemaking, and establish a voluntary accreditation and certification process for validating organizations as being legitimate participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).
May 7, 2013
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ONC/CMS provides strong oversight of the meaningful use program by continuousy reexamining the quality of certified products and auditing hospitals and practices that have attested to meaningful use.
May 1, 2013
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If you’re an IT vendor who services healthcare clients, you’re no doubt well-acquainted with HIPAA compliance rules. And chances are that lately you’ve been hearing rumblings about the new HIPAA Omnibus rule.
April 26, 2013
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee, the ACP Council of Associates, and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism spent eighteen months developing a policy statement on online medical professionalism.
April 19, 2013
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Six GOP Senators call for overview of Meaningful Use EHR incentive program was the tweet. It referenced a link which then referred to a report by Senators Thune, Alexander, Roberts, Burr, Coburn and Enzi.
April 18, 2013
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I wanted to learn more about the hurdles smaller, clinic-based physicians are encountering when trying to switch EHR vendors.
April 16, 2013
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