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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There are buzz phrases, and then there are buzz phrases. And if there's one phrase that has permeated the healthcare sector more thoroughly than all the others, it's probably "accountable care." But what exactly does it mean? Or, more to the point for healthcare providers, how do you know when you're actually providing it?
May 20, 2013
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Recent reports examining ICD-10 readiness have yielded conflicting results, and in many cases have found that industry groups are well aligned with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ICD-10 preparation timeline.
May 20, 2013
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The Healthcare Transformation Group – made up of members Geisinger, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and Mercy – has created a research and development team, to speed the implementation of a unique device identification system for medical devices.
May 20, 2013
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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced cybersecurity legislation. The Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology (SECURE IT) Act of 2013 that she put in the hopper on April 10 is aimed at “better protecting America from the threat of cyber attacks,” she says.
May 20, 2013
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The Department of Health and Human Services has released an enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care – a blueprint, it calls CLAS, to help organizations improve healthcare quality in serving the nation’s diverse communities.
May 20, 2013
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is launching the Crowds Care for Cancer: Supporting Survivors Challenge in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute as part of the Investing in Innovation program, also known as i2.
May 17, 2013
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The New York eHealth Collaborative has announced the winners of its personal health record portal challenge, with the designs in turn expected to inform the PHR that NYeC will offer all New Yorkers in 2014. A Brooklyn-based health data and design startup called Mana Health won first prize and $15,000 for its PHR.
May 17, 2013
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Marilyn Tavenner's confirmation as official administrator of CMS immediately drew positive reactions from nearly every corner of the industry and government, as several healthcare stakeholders reacted to the 91-7 landslide Senate vote that took place late Wednesday. Tavenner is the first administrator in nine years to receive Senate confirmation.
May 16, 2013
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Nearly $1 billion in new Health Care Innovation Awards from the Department of Health & Human Services will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving healthcare system transformation and delivering better outcomes. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this second round of funding May 15.
May 16, 2013
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Members of Congress are lauding a bipartisan bill that limits funding for an integrated electronic health record system between VA and DoD and requires aggressive progress updates from both agencies, which have, in recent months, come under fire for the dilatory pace at which they're moving forward with the iEHR.
May 15, 2013
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It's often been said that telehealth programs offer benefits to healthcare providers in both rural and urban settings. Vree Health is proving that point with two new contracts -- one in Big Sky Country, the other in the heavily populated Northeast.
May 15, 2013
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