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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The National Quality Forum (NQF) announced Nov. 5 it has endorsed 10 behavioral health quality measures, addressing alcohol and tobacco abuse, antipsychotic medication adherence, and post care follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness.
November 5, 2012
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As information technology becomes ever more central to healthcare, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced Thursday that it will create a new leadership role to help guide the organization's future growth.
November 2, 2012
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to double the reach of its telehealth program in the coming year, aiming to reach twice as many veterans nationwide and offering new and expanded services.
November 1, 2012
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America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced Monday the launch of a new interactive iPad app. AHIP officials say the app, "U.S. Health Care Spending 101," is meant to provide policymakers and stakeholders with comprehensive healthcare spending data in an easy-to-use digital format.
October 29, 2012
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"If we do not have the processes in place to make sure we're dotting our Is and crossing our Ts, that medical record will not prove that we cared, that medical record will prove that we failed," said one EHR expert at last week's MGMA conference in San Antonio.
October 29, 2012
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Mitt Romney is no stranger to health information technology advocacy. But despite his earlier initiatives as governor of Massachusetts, many experts say health IT policies and their funding could be at risk if he were elected president.
October 28, 2012
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Most healthcare C-suite members are dissatisfied with their organizations' efforts to measure return-on-investment from clinical IT systems, according to a new report from Beacon Partners.
October 25, 2012
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Foundation has announced that John Glaser, CEO of Siemens Healthcare, Health Services Business Unit, has been selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
October 24, 2012
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Think the transition to ICD-10 is just learning a bunch (a real big bunch) of new codes? Think again, Robert Tennant urged Monday during MGMA-ACMPE's annual conference in San Antonio, where he laid out how physician practices could prepare on the cheap.
October 24, 2012
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The federal government may have delayed the start of Stage 2 of meaningful use by a year, to 2014, but that does not mean healthcare providers should relax in their pursuit of the intended goals of the EHR incentive program, namely better, safer healthcare at lower cost.
October 24, 2012
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Health and Human Services officials, who spoke this week at the CHIME12 Annual Fall Forum, are pushing back against Republican questions of the appropriateness of the $27 billion meaningful use EHR Incentive Program.
October 23, 2012
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At the MGMA-ACMPE annual conference in San Antonio on Monday, a panel of physicians and executives tried to predict where healthcare is headed, gauging the upcoming election's impact on the Affordable Care Act and weighing the potential impact of an expected doctor shortage.
October 23, 2012
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