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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As many as 31 million Americans now receive healthcare through an accountable care organization (ACO), according to a recent report from industry consulting firm Oliver Wyman.
November 29, 2012
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A new consumer survey of more than 1,200 voters conducted by PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) found that 69 percent want President Barack Obama to make reducing costs his top healthcare priority in his second term, but reducing spending on IT initiatives could be troublesome for the Administration.
November 29, 2012
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A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) might not entirely spill the meaningful use apple cart, but it certainly isn't going to make things any easier.
November 29, 2012
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It's been written that "imaging was given the cold shoulder in the first phase of the meaningful use program." Moving into Stage 2, that is no longer true. It looks to be easier for radiologists than its predecessor -- which is not to say they’ll flock to the incentive program en masse. Yet Stage 2 is likely to be widely discussed at RSNA 2012 in Chicago.
November 20, 2012
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The continuing saga around the deadline delay for states to decide whether or not they'll establish their own health insurance exchanges doesn't change the final upshot: All states are anticipated to have an online insurance marketplace, one way or another.
November 19, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is expected to call for public comment on a draft of Stage 3 meaningful use requirements this month, according to leaders of ONC's HIT Policy Committee.
November 16, 2012
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In a second delay in one week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has extended the deadline for one month for states to not only submit their blueprints for a state-based health insurance exchange, but also to decide if they plan to establish their own exchange.
November 16, 2012
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With the intention of forming a collaborative network of 20 non-competing, not-for-profit health systems in the Southeast, WellStar Health System has acquired the trade name, trademark and other assets of the bankrupt Center for Health Transformation (CHT), a for-profit think-tank founded by Newt Gingrich.
November 15, 2012
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added descriptive specification sheets for meaningful use Stage 2 to help eligible physicians and hospitals participate and complete the measures for the electronic health record incentive programs.
November 14, 2012
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Paul J. Chang, MD, offers a glimpse of what he'll say about the big changes ahead for radiology in his lecture Nov. 26 at the Radiological Society of North America's 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago.
November 14, 2012
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The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for states to declare their plans for a state-based health insurance exchange for one more month to accommodate many governors who were waiting until the election outcome to decide whether to move ahead.
November 13, 2012
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The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for states to declare their plans for a state-based health insurance exchange for one more month to accommodate many governors who were waiting until the election outcome to decide whether to move ahead.
November 13, 2012
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