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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Only 2 percent of state and local governments have a complete big data strategy. That's despite one in three surveyed agencies indicating that their data set has grown too big to analyze with the current processes and technologies in place, according to a report published Monday by MeriTalk.
April 30, 2013
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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to track the health of a population: the average blood pressure of a large group of people, the rate of mental illness, the average weight. Epidemiologists have been collecting this kind of data for years, but now, in Oregon, there is cold, hard cash riding on these metrics.
April 29, 2013
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The mobile health application market is headed for a serious growth spurt, according to a new report by Research and Markets projecting the industry will swell 61 percent by 2017, reaching heights of $26 billion. 
April 28, 2013
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The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.
April 28, 2013
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Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, received accolades from both sides of the aisle at a hearing on April 9 to consider her nomination to head CMS. Senate Finance Committee leaders indicated a decision would come soon.
April 28, 2013
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports it has paid out nearly $12.7 billion in meaningful use incentive payments through February 2013, according to the latest figures available.
April 28, 2013
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The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled its $967 billion for the 2014 fiscal year on April 10. It includes funding increases for programs in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, early childhood education, mental health and substance abuse treatment and Affordable Care Act implementation, with certain portions of the budget subject to Congressional approval, such as a $1.5 billion request for federally-facilitated insurance exchanges.
April 28, 2013
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Three subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held hearings March 18-21 to investigate issues involving mobile health – particularly how to keep innovation flowing without over-regulating, or endangering patients.
April 28, 2013
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At a meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee on April 3, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, and other committee members took a hard look at the CommonWell Health Alliance, a new vendor-led coalition to promote interoperability.
April 28, 2013
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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has put a halt to what appeared to be smooth sailing for Marilyn Tavenner to officially take the helm of the Medicare program. At a budget hearing Wednesday, Harkin said he wants answers on why funding for wellness is to be cut from the federal budget.
April 26, 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 put implementation of a Unique Device Identification system on the fast track.
April 26, 2013
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Evoking the "network of networks" notion, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has unwrapped a pair of funding initiatives designed to ratchet up large-scale comparative effectiveness research with patients at the center.
April 25, 2013
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