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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Karen DeSalvo, MD, has stepped into the role of national coordinator for healthcare information technology at a time when American healthcare is in a state of unprecedented change.
January 20, 2014
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The push for meaningful use Stage 3 has reached a point where a confluence of power structures are ready for more breakthroughs – hence, the impetus for collaboration among IHE USA, ONC and S&I Framework, officials from these groups say.
January 20, 2014
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The healthcare IT industry just marked the 10-year anniversary of then President George W. Bush's call to action -- in his 2004 State of the Union address -- to finally transform a paper-mired healthcare system into a digital-age industry. CIOs and other industry insiders speak to the progress and look to the future of health IT.
January 17, 2014
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Informaticists joined clinical quality experts in a brain storming session with new ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, exchanging ideas on developing the "next generation" of quality measures.
January 17, 2014
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill again expressed concern over the botched development and higher-than-expected price tag of creating a seamlessly integrated electronic health record between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, ultimately tacking on project funding restrictions in the House's Omnibus Appropriations Act passed Jan. 15.
January 16, 2014
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Karen DeSalvo, MD, appears to have the right background to understand the challenges facing the healthcare system. Beginning with her childhood experience as a public health clinic patient and including work as an internist managing a hospital's medical records committee, she has direct experience with the system at all levels.
January 16, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released what it calls Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience guides: nine toolkits to help providers make safer use of electronic health records and other technology.
January 16, 2014
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Electronic health record incentive payments to eligible docs and hospitals continue to climb into the new year. The "inexorable progress" of the federal EHR incentive program continues, with payments to providers moving ever closer to $20 billion.
January 15, 2014
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With more than 60 Democrats joining the Republican majority, the House of Representatives this past Friday approved a bill that seeks to stem the effects of security breaches on HealthCare.gov.
January 13, 2014
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Leon Rodriguez will be vacating his post as HHS Office for Civil Rights director to assume a new position as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director at Homeland Security, leaving a vacancy open for the job of HIPAA's chief enforcer.
January 10, 2014
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Electronic health records may be doing great things for patient care, but they have also made it easier to commit fraud, according to the findings of a new report from the Office of Inspector General.
January 9, 2014
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As more than 2 million people enroll in health plans through HealthCare.gov, congressional Republicans have a new strategy to chip away at Obamacare: Put the focus on the website's security vulnerabilities.
January 3, 2014
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Like many of you, I made the annual pilgrimage to the HIMSS Conference last month but I didn’t write much publicly about it. Here’s what I learned while I was in Vegas and my takeaways for the rest of the year.
March 27, 2012
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On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), unveiled a new GOP budget plan, "The Path to Prosperity Budget." With a YouTube video circulating, an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, and various on-camera interviews, Republicans are calling the proposal the "real solution" to the debt crisis.
March 22, 2012
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While in Chicago recently, I was asked how we validated our quality measures when we moved from chart abstraction to automated computation of PRQS, Meaningful Use, Pioneer ACO, and Alternative Quality Contract measures via the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Quality Data Center (QDC).
March 20, 2012
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Imagine that you’re being required to buy a car. You will have to pay for most of it, but you can’t choose exactly what you want and there are so many restrictions on your options. There’s one more catch: If you don’t choose one yourself, the dealer will decide for you. This is the same predicament that many state policymakers find themselves in regarding the creation of health insurance exchanges.
March 13, 2012
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After this week's State of the Union address, the Politico website dug into why President Obama barely mentioned healthcare reform law. Obama's law has garnered only 42 percent support by Americans, but has been among the most significant policy accomplishments for Obama since he took office.
January 27, 2012
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Last night, the remaining four GOP candidates debated in Tampa, Florida and, as usual, there were a number of topics misrepresented as facts – Mitt Romney’s attacks on the federal health law among those.
January 24, 2012
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Jon Huntsman, one of the Republican candidates with a background of instituting new healthcare measures, dropped out of the presidential race Jan. 16.
January 17, 2012
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Last week, we looked at Rick Santorum's controversial statement that no one has ever died because they didn't have health insurance. This week, it seems another GOP presidential candidate has gotten himself into a bit of trouble regarding health insurance.
January 13, 2012
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I would like to highlight ten of this year's most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC.
January 10, 2012
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In their second debate in 12 hours, the Republican presidential candidates hashed it out Sunday morning during the television program Meet the Press. We live-tweeted the debate (@HITNewsTweet) and present here a full recap of the event and the reactions it prompted.
January 9, 2012
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Back in December, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum stirred up trouble when he declared that nobody has ever died because they did not have health insurance. How did our healthcare-based social media following respond to Santorum's statement?
January 6, 2012
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The 2012 Iowa caucuses take off tonight, as candidates compete for the Republican presidential nomination. But where do the hopefuls stand on healthcare legislation, and how will that sway voters in the Hawkeye state? Here is a Twitter recap of what users have been saying on the subject matter.
January 3, 2012
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