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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As hospitals, physicians and insurers partner to create accountable care organizations (ACOs), a recent Black Book Rankings survey reveals that 96 percent of organization executives are acquiring new technology. Start-up ACO's anticipate $500 million in spending within the first year, according to the survey.
September 24, 2012
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EHRs and clinical decision support are among the tools hospitals should use to achieve top metrics and draw the highest worth from the government's value-based purchasing program, according to one industry insider.
September 24, 2012
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Electronic medical records, long touted by government officials as a critical tool for cutting healthcare costs, appear to be prompting some doctors and hospitals to bill higher fees to Medicare for treating seniors.
September 24, 2012
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Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner and Cerner Chairman, CEO and President Neal Patterson are among the 400 wealthiest people in America, listed with well-known billionaires such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
September 21, 2012
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The Idaho Health Data Exchange is enlisting providers and vendors, seeking to help them become accountable care organizations, achieve Stage 2 meaningful use and ultimately comply with the broader aims of the Affordable Care Act.
September 21, 2012
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The Department of Labor released $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of training programs, including for healthcare IT and other healthcare programs in rural areas.
September 20, 2012
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The Kansas Health Information Exchange will dissolve itself and hand over operations to the state’s health department after a long stakeholder debate about the costs of the public-private HIE, and its regulatory role, in a state with a growing provider-based HIE network.
September 20, 2012
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U.S. Senator John Kerry is sponsoring legislation that would expand meaningful use financial incentives for providers that serve predominantly lower-income Americans but don’t qualify for the Medicaid EHR incentive program.
September 19, 2012
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The Department Veterans Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have demonstrated how to securely share sensitive health information via electronic health records.
September 19, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has unveiled its second set of draft test procedures to assure that electronic health records can perform functions required in 2014.
September 18, 2012
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How easy or difficult EHRs are to use is suddenly center stage, now that usability testing is part of the EHR certification criteria for meaningful use Stage 2. We spoke with five healthcare IT insiders, who offer a glimpse of key factors they associate with usability.
September 17, 2012
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New payment models used in accountable care organizations have shown considerable promise, yielding overall savings and reduced readmission rates, according to a recent study conducted by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
September 14, 2012
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