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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In a new letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, members of Congress may have just opened a door for the agency to institute an enforcement-free period to the new code set conversion.
June 3, 2015
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Eighty-eight percent of the ICD-10 claims filed in the latest end-to-end testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made it through without a hitch, the agency reports.
June 3, 2015
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Four big-name health systems are joining a White House initiative to tackle the deadly problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- known as superbugs. They infect 2 million people a year and result in 23,000 deaths annually.
June 3, 2015
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For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will allow innovators access to Medicare claims and other CMS data, Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced Tuesday at Health Datapalooza.
June 2, 2015
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Anna Orlova, senior director, standards at AHIMA, compares the current interoperability of today's electronic health record systems to treadle sewing machines of the early 20th century.
June 1, 2015
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In an article published online today in JAMIA, the journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, an AMIA task force takes on the thorny issues associated with the use of electronic medical record systems and offers recommendations for improvement.
May 29, 2015
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The Former Robert Wood Johnson entrepreneur and Pew researcher already has some big ideas for what she'll do at Health and Human Services.
May 29, 2015
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CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, says the requirements for Stage 3 meaningful use are over the top, and its executives proposed several changes.
May 28, 2015
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Two members of Congress are proposing a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care.
May 27, 2015
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Artist Regina Holliday is the subject of a USA Today article on her artistic advocacy on behalf of patient rights.
May 26, 2015
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has approved $120 million to fund 34 clinical comparative effectiveness research studies on a range of conditions and patient populations.
May 22, 2015
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee gave the 21st Century Cures bill a unanimous sendoff Thursday, voting 51-0 to approve. But the proposed legislation faces big hurdles on the interoperability front.
May 22, 2015
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Over the next few months, Jacob Reider will serve as the interim National Coordinator for Healthcare IT while the search continues for Farzad Mostashari's permanent replacement. What advice would I give to the next national coordinator?
October 10, 2013
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On October 1, I joined a panel at the CareFwd conference discussing the innovations needed in healthcare today. I highlighted five key areas.
October 4, 2013
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Non-essential US government operations are shut down. That has some impacts on us in the Health IT Standards development space.
October 2, 2013
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The September HIT Standards Committee focused on image exchange, scenario-based certification, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), and an important discussion about setting standards priorities for FY14.
September 24, 2013
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Our approach has been to leverage the modularity of Meaningful Use Stage 2 to divide up the work among vendors, the State government, and our own developers.
September 17, 2013
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National Health Information Technology Week is an event with various activities in Washington D.C. and communities all around the country. I am looking forward to hosting the National Health IT Week Blog Carnival which will run from September 16-20, 2013.
September 16, 2013
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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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