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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August 28, 2012
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Chief information officers were scrambling to wade through and make sense of more than 1,000 pages of Stage 2 meaningful use rules yesterday afternoon, with some poring over the details late into the night. Most seem pleased, so far, but say there's lots of work to do.
August 24, 2012
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services announced Thursday the final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use, with several adjustments being made to the initial proposals.
August 23, 2012
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released final requirements for Stage 2 meaningful use on Aug. 23. The rules outline the criteria hospitals and healthcare providers must meet in order to qualify for incentives.
August 23, 2012
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released final requirements for Stage 2 meaningful use on Aug. 23. The rules outline the criteria hospitals and healthcare providers must meet in order to qualify for incentives.
August 23, 2012
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleading for clear "next steps" for putting health IT to work on what the organization calls "one of the most daunting challenges providers face today" -- a mix of competing ways to measure clinical quality.
August 23, 2012
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California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, New York and Vermont have received new grants to help them build health insurance exchanges, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on Thursday.
August 23, 2012
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Providence VA Medical Center has opened a simulation center, powered by technology from Exton, Pa.-based Education Management Solutions, which will enable instructors to practice and train for invasive procedures, emergency care and more, tracking progress along the way.
August 23, 2012
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected 500 primary care practices in seven regions around the country to participate in a partnership with CMS, state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans and self-insured businesses. The aim is to improve access to quality care and cut costs.
August 23, 2012
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Keeping up-to-date on the latest IT security trends can be daunting. And unless security is a core element of an individual's job, it tends to be overlooked when ongoing development needs are being considered, said Dominic Saunders, COO of policy management software company NETconsent.
August 22, 2012
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Netsmart, which develops clinical technology for health and human services organizations, has acquired Indianapolis-based Behavioral Pathway Systems (BPS), a provider of benchmarking services for behavioral health.
August 22, 2012
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A redesign of the Medicare.gov website is now complete, making content more accessible and easier for beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to understand, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said the site enables CMS to provide better customer service.
August 22, 2012
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