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 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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The former chief financial officer of a now-closed Texas hospital, Joe White, has been sentenced to federal prison after admitting to meaningful use fraud, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced June 17.
June 18, 2015
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Longtime health privacy expert Deven McGraw will join the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights as the Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy.
June 18, 2015
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The global e-prescribing market, valued at $250 million in 2013, is expected to grow at a 23.5 percent compound annual rate, reaching an estimated value of $888 million by 2019, according to a recent report.
June 18, 2015
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Several healthcare industry trade organizations are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make changes large and small to its proposed rule for meaningful use.
June 17, 2015
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The U.S. Treasury's CDFI Fund has awarded the Primary Care Development Corp. $55 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation. The award will help PCDC continue to invest in primary care in underserved communities throughout the country.
June 16, 2015
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Aledade, the ACO company that former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, started a year ago after stepping down from the government post, just landed $30 million in a second round of funding.
June 15, 2015
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Even as a couple of Congressional panels are bent on achieving health IT interoperability, where the industry has not yet been able to, it appears the government itself could use a helping hand on this complex matter -- and many other aspects of IT work.
June 12, 2015
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"We the people want easy, electronic access to our health information." That's the goal of Get My Health Data, the new patient advocacy effort launched by former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD. But what does that mean in practice? Our columnist tries to find out.
June 12, 2015
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Following several "high profile" healthcare data breaches, the health minister of one Canadian providence has promised to make patient privacy more of a priority by doubling the fines for a healthcare breach. Could the U.S. take note and follow suit?
June 11, 2015
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Despite a flurry of legislative activity at the state and federal level clouding the waters around ICD-10 in recent weeks, the deadline for the code set switchover is still set for Oct. 1 – less than four months away. How ready are you?
June 11, 2015
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Could CMS be forced to oblige if more states start enacting similar anti-ICD-10 measures?
June 10, 2015
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As the year drew to a close, I was interviewed by many trade publications about the key themes that shaped 2013. Here's my own version of the notable events of 2013.
January 2, 2014
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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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