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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Republican Texas Representative Michael Burgess, MD, vice-chair of the subcommittee on health within the House Energy and Commerce Committee, had not always been convinced of the benefits of health IT. But Hurricane Katrina changed his mind. Today, Burgess is a champion.
June 19, 2014
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What can the U.S. healthcare industry learn from other nations? In the realm of EHR certification, arguably a whole lot, policymakers point out. The question arose during health IT policy talks in May, and reemerged this week: Could a Kaizen study of certification -- an end-to-end analysis -- reveal what has been lacking in the EHR certification process?
June 13, 2014
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After nearly five years at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts will be leaving her post later this summer.
June 12, 2014
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There's little to laugh about when it comes to the VA hospital scandal. But Jon Stewart mined some dark comedy Tuesday night as he mocked a health system whose technology dates to the Reagan Administration.
June 11, 2014
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems have formed a strategic partnership to better serve their respective CIO and CMIO members.
June 11, 2014
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As of May, eligible hospitals and physicians have been paid out a whopping $23.7 billion in electronic health record incentive payments by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, up from $22.9 billion in April.
June 11, 2014
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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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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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In these politically polarized times, Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to disagree on every detail right down to what day of the week it is. This is especially true in the posturing hurly-burly of the House, where members can appeal to the few select priorities of a gerrymandered district to win re-election.
April 9, 2013
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I keep hearing that "There's no standards for that," or that "There's too many optional features in that data element." Sometimes these pronouncements come from people who should know better, and other times, it simply comes from folks who don't know that there are other places to look.
April 2, 2013
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A new term spreading (almost like fire) through the healthcare interoperability world is HL7 FHIR, pronounced as “fire.”
March 27, 2013
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The final question posed in the recent request for information posted by ONC reads as follows: What specific HHS policy changes would significantly increase standards based electronic exchange of laboratory results?
March 19, 2013
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Healthcare stakeholders and policymakers are working overtime to build the bridge into the digital future. But is there a risk that bridge may collapse under the weight of expectations?
March 14, 2013
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Whatever your reason is for attending the HIMSS annual conference each year, there is never a shortage of education sessions, technology demonstrations, social networking, and meetings on meaningful topics specifically suited to your own tastes. While I was there, I asked some industry professionals what their key takeaways were from the conference.
March 11, 2013
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Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of an ONC RFI at HIMSS March 6, entitled "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange," in order to identify ways in which ONC may accelerate interoperability of EMRs without any additional statutory or regulatory authority.
March 8, 2013
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Last year HIMSS became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and committed to develop and implement the Healthcare Transformation Project (HTP).
March 6, 2013
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As I watch healthcare providers in our integrated delivery system deal with the challenges of payment reform and accountable care, I am more optimistic than dismayed.
February 27, 2013
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Among the numerous challenges that an ACO model presents, is the need for more sophisticated IT systems that will support distributed care management across a diverse care team that extends from the primary care physician, to the specialists, to the care manager, the patient and others.
February 26, 2013
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