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 Medicaid expansion was supposed to be the least controversial part of the health reform lawsuit. But since the Supreme Court essentially made broadening its eligibility voluntary for states, not a day goes by without news reports guessing how Medicaid will fare in the future.
September 12, 2012
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Having analyzed the voluminous Stage 2 meaningful use rules, EHR and HIE vendors have started the process of retooling their technologies to meet their certification criteria. Most say the mandates are doable, if challenging. But some are frustrated by lingering uncertainties.
September 12, 2012
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Preparing for the growth of the retail market, while trying to maintain profit margins under the medical loss ratio requirements, some insurers are chucking their old administration, claims and sales systems in favor of more Web-based and automated software.
September 12, 2012
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Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, has challenged vendors to make it easy for consumers by early 2013 to view, download and transmit to another party their health information in the form of a Blue Button feature.
September 12, 2012
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A nationwide patient safety project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reduced the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units by 40 percent, according to the agency's preliminary findings.
September 11, 2012
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For the first time, the public can vote on their favorite innovation from among the finalists of the HHSinnovates Program, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this past Friday.
September 10, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has dropped pursuit of a regulation for establishing "rules of the road" for the nationwide health information network (NwHIN) based on feedback it has received.
September 10, 2012
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While there's plenty of attention to healthcare topics in both the Republican and Democratic national party platforms, there is only a passing reference to healthcare information technology in each.
September 10, 2012
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Demand for meaningful use help has exploded, increasing competition between third-party consulting firms-most of whom are excelling in MU-related work, according to a new report from research firm KLAS.
September 7, 2012
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Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are approaching $7 billion since the program's beginning, with $6.9 billion paid out to 143,800 physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of August.
September 7, 2012
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Christopher Boone, director of outpatient quality and health IT for the American Heart Association in Dallas, will fill a vacancy on the federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee. Boone will fill one of three committee positions held by advocates for patients or consumers.
September 6, 2012
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Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote at HIMSS13 in New Orleans on March 6. HIMSS officials released its list of speakers on Sept. 5, the same day Clinton delivered the keynote at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
September 6, 2012
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