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 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has submitted a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, calling for maintaining the Oct. 1, 2014 implementation date for nationwide ICD-10 adoption.
February 11, 2013
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A new report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) comes as a warning to Medicaid providers who don't keep careful watch over their books.
February 8, 2013
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For the second time, President Barack Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner to be permanent administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She has been serving as acting administrator since December 2011, when Donald Berwick, MD, stepped down.
February 8, 2013
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National health programs have been, or are now, becoming electronic, just as health records are. Many of these programs will play major roles in either incenting or conflicting with efforts to advance the electronic healthcare infrastructure. And as with other industries, becoming electronic changes the way these programs can and should be carried out themselves. John Loonsk, MD, discusses how it might all shake out.
February 8, 2013
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The Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Standards Committee is urging ONC leaders to lean towards menu options and certification for use cases on Stage 3 meaningful use rather than core requirements, and to especially keep in mind that standards for a variety of clinical procedures are still evolving.
February 7, 2013
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is urging the federal government to ensure that patients are matched correctly to their health information. CHIME said it agreed with ONC that, "the accurate and efficient matching of patients to their health information is critical to ensuring patient safety."
February 6, 2013
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Leaders of healthcare policy encouraged the industry to move ahead faster during a keynote address at the National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4 "...help us speed up the rate of change," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius encouraged conference attendees.
February 6, 2013
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The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private collaboration established under the auspices of the National Quality Forum, has submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services its second annual round of suggestions with regard to federal performance measures.
February 5, 2013
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As a new generation of seniors enters Medicare and millions of lower-income Americans gain Medicaid or private insurance for the first time in 2014, federal officials at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are trying to help align the patient engagement movement with consumer e-health.
February 5, 2013
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After 10 years at the helm of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), high-profile leader Carolyn Clancy, MD, will step down as director. The agency is known for its research focused on outcomes and quality of care.
February 4, 2013
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Already this year, some 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, have introduced legislation that would further expand the usage and reimbursement of telemedicine services.
February 4, 2013
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Health IT adoption at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) has yielded significant quality of care improvements, a new study has found, even as the health centers are still coming up to speed with meaningful use. The study measures the extent of electronic health record and health information exchange use and associated quality of care across several functions.
February 4, 2013
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