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 Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published research to help professionals with policy, technical and business-related challenges to health information exchange. These include query-based exchange, push notification, provider directories, master data management, consumer engagement and more.
January 29, 2013
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced Thursday that it is conducting its latest online ICD-10 industry progress survey.
January 25, 2013
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tailor treatment of veterans with chronic multisymptom illness to the needs of each patient, take a team approach to care and employ the VA's electronic health record to prompt caregivers to ask the right questions.
January 24, 2013
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Gov. Phil Bryant and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney have known each other for 30 years and call themselves friends. Now, though, a wedge has come between the two elected Republicans -- President Barack Obama's health law, the part of it that calls for crating an online health insurance marketplace.
January 23, 2013
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New findings show that communities where hospitals, other healthcare providers and community services work together to coordinate evidence-based hospital discharges and provide better support in the community can see a 6 percent drop in hospitalizations and rehospitalizations per 1,000 beneficiaries in just the first two years.
January 23, 2013
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As healthcare providers seek to reduce readmission rates and track disease progression, telehealth is projected to reach 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, according to The World Market for Telehealth -- An Analysis of Demand Dynamics -- 2012, a new report from global research firm INMedica, part of IMS research.
January 22, 2013
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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is urging the federal government to prioritize information exchange, cybersecurity and, more broadly, what the group calls a modernization of regulations and funding streams for state IT.
January 22, 2013
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The enhanced set of protections finalized in the omnibus HIPAA privacy and security rule released Jan.17 now becomes the new baseline for anyone who handles health information. It doesn't change meaningful use requirements, but combined, the two may drive more providers to protect patient data, according to privacy and security experts.
January 22, 2013
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Eleven states have received $1.5 billion more in grants from the Health and Human Services Department to support their creation of health insurance exchanges, which must be ready in October for enrollment season.
January 21, 2013
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The final rule is no longer about proving harm. Instead it places burden on covered entities to prove that improperly disclosed information has not been compromised.
January 18, 2013
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The final rule is no longer about proving harm. Instead it places burden on covered entities to prove that improperly disclosed information has not been compromised.
January 18, 2013
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The most eagerly awaited -- if not anxiety-laden -- set of regulations in the healthcare spectrum arrived January 17: HHS issued modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules. The man charged with enforcing the rules said they represent "sweeping changes."
January 18, 2013
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