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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If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.
May 5, 2015
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Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows encouraging savings.
May 5, 2015
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Every 60 seconds, 232 computers are infected with malware; 12 websites are successfully hacked; more than 571 new websites are created, and 204 million emails are sent. Combine this with the fact that on the black market, medical records are worth $60, compared to credit card data, which typically sells for $20. "That makes us a significant targets," said Intermountain Healthcare's CISO Karl West.
May 4, 2015
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Former National Coordinator for Health IT David Brailer, MD, argues in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal that it's time for Americans to take charge of their medical records.
May 1, 2015
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One year to the day that Reps. Fred Upton and Diana DeGette launched the 21st Century Cures initiative, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday to discuss draft legislation that in the future could mean more cures for more diseases for people across the country.
May 1, 2015
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Unhappy with the state of electronic health records across the country two U.S. Senators have decided to take the matter into their own hands.
April 30, 2015
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After a year of listening to patients, innovators, researchers, providers, consumers and regulators, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from both parties have released a draft bill aimed at furthering its work on the 21st Century Cures initiative.
April 29, 2015
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Interoperability has been part of the healthcare lexicon for at least a couple of decades. Today, however, true interoperability does not seem to be happening at the scale nor the speed the industry needs.
April 29, 2015
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With $9.75 million in hand from gifts and matching funds, Duke University is launching an initiative focused on harnessing vast amounts of data to tackle society's biggest challenges. Healthcare is chief among them.
April 29, 2015
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The $25 billion EMR market will continue to grow even after the government incentives for doctors and hospitals to go digital have vanished, according to new research from Kalorama Information.
April 28, 2015
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The FDA is offering a grant of up to $1 million to turn large amounts of EHR data into numbers the agency can use to gauge the effectiveness of FDA-approved drugs.
April 24, 2015
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In a new white paper by the Samsung Innovation Center at Children's Health Fund, researchers examine how technology could help improve the health of children in poverty across the country.
April 24, 2015
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What I find stifling is the pace at which meaningful use is proceeding. When you put an entire industry under the MU pressure cooker, the need to meet federal mandates overwhelms anything else.
September 10, 2013
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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, I've thought about the months ahead and the major challenges I'll face.
September 5, 2013
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There is no question that the resources required to process, analyze, and manage petabytes of genomic information represent a huge burden. That burden becomes even greater when one factors in the need to handle these data in compliance with an alphabet soup of regulatory regimes.
September 4, 2013
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I've noticed a trend of late. A significant number of standards efforts are being pushed forwards by funded projects, instead of through unfunded initiatives.
August 26, 2013
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It should be obvious what this post is, and who it is about. If not, I'll follow my usual pattern anyway.
August 8, 2013
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Tuesday morning, National HIT Coordinator Farzad Mostashari resigned. His letter to ONC staff was profound. As I read it, I felt a lump in my throat. He will be missed.
August 7, 2013
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“Accountable” is one of the most popular buzzwords in healthcare today. Whether an organization is striving to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or pursuing a less formal approach to delivering necessary, efficient and effective care, the term frequently comes up in today’s organizational strategy discussions.
July 15, 2013
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Anyone familiar with HL7 has undoubtedly heard about the emerging HL7 FHIR standard, introduced by Grahame Grieve, principal at Health Intersections in Melbourne, Australia, and an active participant in the HL7 International organization.
June 14, 2013
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Last week I spent a half day in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I was joined by at least 50 others, including patients, health IT vendors, healthcare providers, and quite a number of federal agency staffers, as we talked about the next steps for providing patients with access to their data.
June 11, 2013
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s long-awaited (in health IT circles, anyway) decision on the Department of Defense’s core health IT system has been made. The VA’s VistA system is out as the preferred DoD. Unless it’s not.
June 6, 2013
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Data that support medical decision-making and collaboration, dovetailing with new tools in the Affordable Care Act, are spurring the innovation necessary to deliver improved health care for more people at affordable prices.
May 30, 2013
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Although “pay-and-chase” methods are still commonplace, health plans can supplement their recovery efforts with pre-payment analytics.
May 17, 2013
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