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 Obama administration Friday urged cooperation between software companies and caregivers to prevent patient harm caused by faulty electronic records. But it stopped short of calling for regulation or a federal requirement to report computer mistakes that pose a risk to patients.
December 26, 2012
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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) announced Thursday it will welcome more than 500 members of the American College of Medical Coding Specialists (ACMCS), who have voted to join with AHIMA.
December 21, 2012
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Now that states have declared their plans for health insurance exchanges, the focus can move from which model to choose -- and its political implications -- to the details of their progress as they prepare for enrollment in October 2013, just 10 months off.
December 19, 2012
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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) plans to develop an IT framework for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The framework will identify the health IT infrastructure components necessary for a provider organization to function effectively as an ACO and help identify any gaps that would prevent them from meeting their goals as an ACO.
December 17, 2012
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President Barack Obama rejected the idea of delaying the implementation of a 2.3 percent medical device tax slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act. The president said medical device companies would make up for the lost revenue because the ACA will bring more healthcare consumers into the marketplace.
December 17, 2012
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With the Dec. 14 deadline on health insurance exchanges, states were required to provide a blueprint of their plans to the Department of Health and Human Services for how they will create their state-based health insurance exchanges. About half of the states have decided to surrender control to the federal government to build an exchange for them.
December 17, 2012
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The American Telemedicine Association is working with three minority legislative caucuses to educate lawmakers and introduce model legislation for telehealth and mobile health in statehouses around the country.
December 11, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has updated its website to include current information on bonuses paid out under the meaningful use incentive program.
December 7, 2012
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Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would establish an Office of Wireless Health at the Food and Drug Administration, which would help coordinate an approach on emerging mHealth technologies with other federal agencies, and seek to encourage more innovation through market incentives.
December 7, 2012
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Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have reached $9.245 billion to 177,100 physicians and hospitals through November since the program's inception and are anticipated to reach $10 billion by the end of the year.
December 6, 2012
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New mHealth technology is continuing to spread across the healthcare sector, and it’s going to change dramatically the way healthcare services are delivered in the future.
December 4, 2012
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A report issued Nov. 29 by the Office of the Inspector General calling for more oversight of the meaningful use program has been mostly well-received by stakeholders. Doctors, however, are concerned about the burden of pre-payment audits.
November 30, 2012
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