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 Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former accountant at healthcare IT company Allscripts with insider trading, trades he's alleged to have conducted through his wife's account. The SEC alleges the violations occurred in April 2012 -- a time when the company was disarray.
January 30, 2014
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Last October and November, as HealthCare.gov struggled to accommodate visitors and offer its promised user experience, HHS staff and contractors were, among other fixes, "adding server capacity" -- suggesting that the U.S. CTO's goals of technological innovation remain to be seen in health programs.
January 30, 2014
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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will stop offering ONC testing and certification services. Instead, CCHIT will work toward increased IT interoperability by counseling providers and developers on certified EHR requirements, the group announced Jan. 29.
January 29, 2014
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National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo says she's sympathetic to the huge regulatory burden that's placed upon providers. "There are laws and rules and regs that are a necessity, yet we want to make this as convenient and realistic for everybody," she says.
January 28, 2014
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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.K. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt signed an agreement Jan. 23 meant to strengthen the sharing of healthcare data and technology between the two countries.
January 24, 2014
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The Stage 2 numbers for eligible docs are what some might call a little bit scary. Most office-based physicians are not prepared for the October 2014 beginning attestation date. In fact, many aren't even close.
January 22, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator is looking for a new certification director at perhaps the most critical point in the evolution of the federal health IT incentive program. The new deputy would assume the post just as rulemaking and certification work starts for the third phase of the meaningful use program.
January 22, 2014
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The healthcare entity that slapped the Internal Revenue Service with a class action lawsuit back in March over allegedly seizing the private medical records of 10 million Americans has now been identified.
January 20, 2014
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Healthcare IT News launches a new Insight column this month that will run monthly in this space. HealthData Miner is conceived and written by Jack Beaudoin. Beaudoin digs deep into HIMSS Analytics data to derive insight and commentary on a wide range of healthcare IT topics.
January 20, 2014
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The theme for the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition this year is ONWARD, with the words Innovation, Impact and Outcomes in smaller type above it.
January 20, 2014
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The Affordable Care Act has meant big changes for everyone. Not least the humble chief information officer.
January 20, 2014
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The Dec. 19 appointment of Karen DeSalvo, MD, to head the Office of the National Coordinator continues to draw approval from industry leaders as well as the healthcare twitterati.
January 20, 2014
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In a time of EHR naysayers, mean-spirited election year politics, and press misinterpretation, it's important that we all send a unified message about our progress on the national priorities we've developed by consensus.
October 31, 2012
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I spent a couple days this week at the annual meeting of the Medical Group Management Association, in San Antonio. I had the opportunity to speak about healthcare social media to an engaged crowd, and to attend a number of other interesting sessions.
October 25, 2012
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Apparently not. I missed something pretty important in my review of the Standards rules with respect to quality reporting. All I can say was that it was late...
August 30, 2012
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The August HIT Standards Committee focused on criteria to assess standards maturity, concerns about the timing of the Meaningful Use 2014 edition final rule, further work on the national curated vocabulary and code set repository, and an important discussion about future ONC S&I framework efforts.
August 16, 2012
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There is little question that healthcare is undergoing a significant transformation. Patient-centered, accountable care and pay-for-performance reimbursements are converging to create a unique environment for payers, providers and patients alike.
July 18, 2012
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Never before has the industry of healthcare information technology seen such rapid growth both in scope and volume of work.
July 17, 2012
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Bloomberg News reported this week Mitt Romney might be on the verge of making a huge mistake when it comes to healthcare. He's supposedly days away from rolling out an alternative healthcare plan to President Obama's, one that involves a change in the tax code's treatment of healthcare.
May 25, 2012
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Today, we announced two exciting changes within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT – the creation of an Office of the Chief Medical Officer and an Office of Consumer eHealth.
May 16, 2012
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A decay in access to medical services for American adults could continue even if President Obama is re-elected in November, according to a recent Health Affairs study.
May 9, 2012
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Todd Park (@todd_park), United States chief technology officer for the Obama Administration, engaged in a live Twitter chat as part of Big Data Week, a string of community-led events relating to big data. Here is a Twitter recap of the Q&A.
April 25, 2012
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The candidates are still going at it. For frontrunner Mitt Romney, the biggest challenge of the Republican presidential primaries seems to be the direct similarities between his own Massachusetts healthcare law, and the Affordable Care Act, spearheaded by President Obama.
April 4, 2012
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We asked our social media followers whether they feel a tax on the people would be the best possible penalty. Is it unconstitutional? Is it fair? Are there other sanctions that seem more realistic? Here's a Twitter recap of their responses.
March 27, 2012
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