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 Kentucky Health Information Exchange, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Healthbridge are successfully sharing patient information. The partnership, says Trudi Matthews, director of policy and public relations for HealthBridge, is just the "tip of the iceberg" in terms of connecting healthcare providers and sharing patient information in Kentucky and healthcare markets in bordering states.
June 26, 2012
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Kaiser Permanente and the Social Security Administration on Monday announced a pilot program to exchange electronic health record information using the Nationwide Health Information Network.
June 25, 2012
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Ray Group International of Tampa, Fla., a $4.9 million contract to support the open source community that is contributing software code to the VA and Defense Department integrated electronic health record system.
June 25, 2012
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Payer performance improvement remained flat in 2011, according to the seventh annual PayerView rankings released today by health IT company athenahealth. That's attributed in part to new compliance measures and major information technology shifts.
June 25, 2012
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The White House held a two-hour town hall meeting on Tuesday to get the pulse of how health IT is advancing nationwide, according to one panelist at the private session.
June 20, 2012
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Geisinger Health System and Merck have embarked on a multi-year collaboration to develop new methods and technology to spur shared decision making between patients and physicians and to improve adherence to treatment plans and clinical care processes.
June 19, 2012
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday announced the recipients of 81 new Health Care Innovation Awards made possible by Affordable Care Act. The awards will support innovative projects nationwide designed to deliver high-quality medical care, enhance the health care workforce, and save money.
June 15, 2012
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The Health and Human Services Department has named as its new chief technology officer Bryan Sivak, who has been the state of Maryland’s first chief innovation officer.
June 15, 2012
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It's almost too perfect. Of all the GOP candidates President Barack Obama could possibly face in the 2012 election, he's been matched against Mitt Romney.
June 15, 2012
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California physicians are finding themselves cornered in an EHR catch-22, a new report finds. The data shows that although a majority of the state's physicians now use EHRs -- technology pushed by the federal government -- most of the implemented systems fail to meet new federal meaningful use requirements.
June 15, 2012
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Physicians remain concerned over the future of U.S. healthcare, a new survey reveals. Among the findings, most physicians believe EHRs and the ACA will adversely affect the quality of patient care, and nearly two-thirds anticipate that quality of healthcare will worsen over the next five years.
June 14, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will help small providers who use smart phones and other mobile devices learn how to easily secure them using simple steps explained in plain language.
June 14, 2012
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