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 health IT consultant described the "Tower of Babel"-eqsue barrier she encounters coordinating disparate EHR systems to a panel at the Health Innovation Day conference. William Check, CTO at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association responded: "What you just described could have been the cable industries. It's amazing the parallel here."
February 7, 2014
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Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author and New Yorker staffer, likened the change required for healthcare to clear the interoperability hurdle to several events of this generation, "three lessons in culture, framing and consequence," as he put it during a talk Thursday at Health Care Innovation Day in Washington.
February 7, 2014
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Health networks and physician practices have the most to gain from an interoperable ecosystem and, it follows, the most to lose if it doesn't go right. But one could argue that American patients and taxpayers stand to gain or lose just as much.
February 6, 2014
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When talking HIPAA privacy and security, the numbers do most of the talking.
February 6, 2014
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Just eight months out from the ICD-10 compliance date, fewer than 10 percent of physician practices say they've made significant progress in their readiness for implementation, according to the Medical Group Management Association.
February 5, 2014
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Strong momentum continues for the meaningful use program as CMS revealed that it has disbursed more than $19 billion in reimbursement incentives. There were 440, 998 registered providers participating in the federal electronic health record incentive program as of the end of 2013, with $19.2 billion paid out in incentives, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
February 5, 2014
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CCHIT surprised many in the industry this past week when it announced it would be bowing out of the EHR certification game to focus on advisory services and thought leadership. Alisa Ray, executive director and CEO of the standards and testing pioneer, spoke with Healthcare IT News about the rationale behind that decision.
February 4, 2014
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The ONC's Health IT Policy Committee's Privacy and Security Tiger Team is calling for public comment on privacy and policy concerns surrounding patients giving access to their health information.
February 4, 2014
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The Department of Health and Human Services has made changes to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, giving patients and their designees direct access to laboratory test reports.
February 3, 2014
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A panel convened by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and Prescriptions for a Healthy America is urging health IT policymakers to sharpen their focus on medication adherence.
February 3, 2014
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Karen DeSalvo, MD, talks with Healthcare IT News Editor Bernie Monegain about the work ahead and what has influenced her on her way to becoming the national coordinator for health information technology. DeSalvo is the fifth coordinator and the first woman to serve in the post since it was established by President George W. Bush in 2004.
February 3, 2014
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"Off to a strong start," is how CMS officials characterized the results so far of three initiatives to boost healthcare quality while achieving savings. Premier healthcare alliance said the programs "demonstrate significant early progress."
January 31, 2014
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The February HIT Standards Committee focused on the Committee workplan for 2013. Farzad Mostashari offered introductory remarks. He noted that we need to build the foundation for stage 3 while also focusing on the implementation of stage 2.
February 21, 2013
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In the latest chapter of some inside-the-Beltway wrangling over the validity of recess appointments by President Obama of National Labor Relations Board members, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals held the appointments to be invalid, thus invalidating all NLRB decisions in which these members had participated. These include, of course, some decisions touching on the regulation of employee use of social media by employees, whether or not the workforce is unionized.
February 8, 2013
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The Standards and Policy Committees met on Jan. 29 in Washington in joint session to take testimony from expert stakeholders about health information exchange.
January 30, 2013
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Today, as in last year’s New Year blog post, I will share with you a few of the ways in which ONC has interacted with you to meet its mission and mandate over the past year.
January 23, 2013
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Were you run over by the HIPAA bus yesterday? The Omnibus final rule finally landed with a crunch last night. If you check out #HIPAAbus, you'll see my notes from my blaze through with page numbers.
January 18, 2013
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Earlier this year, ONC issued a request for information regarding a potential governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network. Based on the comments and feedback we received from multiple stakeholders, ONC announced in September that we would not be issuing federal regulations.
December 21, 2012
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Yesterday I talked about where I'd been last year. Today I'm going to cover where I think things are headed in the U.S. (at least for me).
December 20, 2012
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It is not everyday that a person gets to see something entirely foreign and new and have their eyes opened to things that delight and surprise them, but I have just returned from a week of that feeling and it was downright revelatory.
December 19, 2012
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've spent the last couple of days at the ONC Annual Meeting. Yesterday morning was filled with a joint session between the Beacons and S&I Framework folk. The afternoon was an S&I Framework Round Table, followed by the ABBI Town Hall Meeting.
December 13, 2012
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Just two and a half years after hosting a workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standard, OCR has issued its "Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule."
November 29, 2012
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The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.
November 27, 2012
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It’s not often that stealing someone’s seat at a healthcare conference actually ends up working in my favor, but last Spring’s iHT2 event in Atlanta proved me wrong.
November 2, 2012
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