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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Meaningful use Stage 2 has plenty of changes, tweaks and tighter standards in store for healthcare providers. Here's a run-down of some of them.
October 15, 2012
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An emerging issue as providers and hospitals drive toward achieving meaningful use of certified EHRs is how the identity of individuals should be verified when they electronically access their health records. The privacy and security panels that advise the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) want to hear from the public about how the verification might work.
October 12, 2012
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Marking a bridge's beginning, ONC on Thursday made it official: eHealth Exchange, a new name for NwHIN, is standing on its own as a non-federal, non-profit entity.
October 11, 2012
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A coalition led by the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup and Healtheway, the newly formed public-private partnership of the eHealth Exchange, has established a program to test and certify electronic health records and other health IT to ensure interoperability and reliable data exchange.
October 11, 2012
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An Alaska-based consortium is charged with spreading telehealth help across the nation with a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of HHS.
October 11, 2012
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After one year at the helm of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Susan Turney, MD, is presiding over nothing short of a reinvention for medical practices across the nation. She talked with Healthcare IT News about the promise and the difficulties practices face as they shape a new model.
October 11, 2012
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Winners of Blue Button app competitions sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and The Advisory Board Company were announced Oct. 8 at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco and at its Twitter hashtag, #health2con.
October 10, 2012
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The findings of a new study underscore the positive correlation between high quality care in physician practices and the use of electronic health records. Experts say the study is one of the first to examine and subsequently validate the clinical value of EHRs.
October 9, 2012
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After two months of beta testing, Imprivata is going to market with a texting app called Imprivata Cortext. Executives say it will change the lives of physicians -- and their patients. Can a texting app do that? At least one CIO is convinced that it can.
October 9, 2012
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Timing being everything and all, the four Republican congressmen who on Oct. 4 sent a letter asking HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to stop distributing meaningful use incentives probably should have attended the Oct. 3 Bipartisan Policy Center event, instead.
October 5, 2012
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Proper PHI management can reduce liability for HIPAA violations and, in the case of the near-disclosure of images to the wrong party with malevolent intentions, prevent potential litigation, experts tell an audience at AHIMA's annual convention.
October 4, 2012
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Among the pods of debate in Denver last night, the issue of healthcare was every bit as fiery as the oft-considered more popular economy, jobs and the widely-divisive role of government.
October 4, 2012
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