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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Hospital organizations are responding to a stern letter sent Sept. 24 by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, which warns against using electronic health records to artificially inflate Medicare and Medicaid payments.
September 26, 2012
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The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health has awarded Chicago-based Leap of Faith Technologies a $1,021,296 grant to further develop eMedonline, the company's patented software-as-service mHealth platform aimed at improving medication adherence.
September 26, 2012
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When Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans a month ago, while some government engineers may have been holding their breath watching southern Louisiana's levee system, officials at the Office of the National Coordinator were watching news media accounts of flooded-out evacuees and wondering if they’d be able to access their health records.
September 26, 2012
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Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor for the Medical Group Management Association, has had a front-row seat in both the policy arena and the day-to-day workings of physician practices large and small. Here he talks with Healthcare IT News about EHR usability.
September 25, 2012
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With an eye toward a future of accountable care and value-based reimbursement, McKesson on Monday announced that it will acquire Waltham, Mass.-based MedVentive, which develops risk management and population health technology.
September 24, 2012
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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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