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 American Medical Association on Monday named its new president-elect, who has been recognized for his involvement with health information technology. The to-be president has been critical of several aspects of the EHR Incentive Program.
June 10, 2014
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Interoperability, the Achilles heel of electronic health record progress has been in the limelight since the beginning of the stimulus package incentive funding for EHR adoption. Against that backdrop, ONC on Thursday offered a 10-year plan for achieving interoperability.
June 6, 2014
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The U.S. Senate voted in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon. Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise.
June 6, 2014
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Delivering on its promise to offer tactical recommendations for steering the healthcare industry to ICD-10, the Workgroup for Data Interchange on Thursday circulated a roadmap.
June 5, 2014
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Ralph Johnson figured once would be enough. Having passed one EHR Incentive Program audit, he assumed his small health system had proven its meaningful use merit to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Then he got another email.
June 5, 2014
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the U.S. government will continue to offer open access to data as fuel for healthcare innovation.
June 4, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD outlined what the next era of health IT will look like, noting that key focus areas include implementing an interoperability roadmap, supporting care transformation, care quality and safety, public health, as well as establishing a framework that will advance not only health IT, but also meaningful consumer engagement.
June 2, 2014
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In its newly released semiannual report to Congress, OIG says it focused on "core risk areas" associated with the marketplaces, including eligibility systems, payment accuracy, contractor oversight, and data security.
May 30, 2014
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Working on the patient portal portion of Stage 2 meaningful use? Officials at Mayo Clinic can offer some valuable insight into their own portal rollout -- challenges that have arisen, privacy concerns and how to do it right.
May 30, 2014
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Information is money. And data brokers, companies that mine consumers' personal information and sell to the highest bidder, know this more than anyone. Their practices in collecting said data, however, have recently come under fire.
May 28, 2014
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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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“Accountable” is one of the most popular buzzwords in healthcare today. Whether an organization is striving to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or pursuing a less formal approach to delivering necessary, efficient and effective care, the term frequently comes up in today’s organizational strategy discussions.
July 15, 2013
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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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