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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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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"I plan to bring core capabilities to the VA and create a fiscally responsible organization," said LaVerne Council, who took the reins Monday as the next CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
July 7, 2015
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is poised to launch a new model of care designed to support greater quality of home-based care among Medicare beneficiaries.
July 7, 2015
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As promised last month, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, and friends, launched on July 2, the Get My Health Data Campaign. The idea was to launch close to July 4 in order to declare the date as "Data Independence Day."
July 6, 2015
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In a July 1 letter, to the Senate HELP Committee group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety.
July 2, 2015
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In the national discourse about interoperability, much of the focus is on enabling a doctor using one electronic health record to access patient information residing in a different hospital's EHR, even when another vendor built it. But is that really the best way to give doctors the data they need?
June 30, 2015
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In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges -- including one resolved Thursday -- and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.
June 26, 2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday voted 6-3 against the plaintiffs in the case of King v. Burwell. The ruling means more than 6 million residents in the 34 states with federal insurance exchanges can keep their tax subsidies for health coverage.
June 25, 2015
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Telemedicine can be "so easy." For Medicare patients, it’s also incredibly rare. Nearly 20 years after such videoconferencing technology has been available for health services, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use it.
June 24, 2015
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A controversial ban on administering abortion drugs via a telemedicine platform in Iowa has been overturned by the state's Supreme Court.
June 22, 2015
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is currently funded to the tune of about $440 million for fiscal year 2015. If the House Appropriations Committee has its way, that funding will vanish in FY16.
June 19, 2015
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There are innumerable clinical, financial and compliance issues to be concerned about in this watershed era for the American healthcare system. However, do not forget about HIPAA.
April 17, 2014
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The first quarter of 2014 is over and yet we are still witnessing EHR system vendors asking the government for more time, or to lessen the certification demands, for Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use of EHRs program.
April 14, 2014
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With meaningful use and ICD-10 deadlines inching closer, it is almost as if we are watching an expected slow and steady storm roll in. This sizable downpour will affect healthcare organizations, vendors, and payors alike, and it contains financial hazards that can be avoided.
March 26, 2014
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This week marks a major milestone in our journey towards adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. As we work toward the secure, private and meaningful exchange of interoperable health information across the continuum of care, the law that made much of this possible turns five.
February 20, 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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