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 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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The Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General, an independent government watchdog, has found the Coast Guard seriously lagging in its efforts to protect personal health information.
May 21, 2015
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What to make of the newest Congressional wrangling over the conversion to ICD-10 and the rekindled debate that has followed. Also: the one thing healthcare executives should be doing right now.
May 20, 2015
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The list of organizations lining up against ICD-10 is growing -- as is the ferocity of their tone, as the latest in the fray is a conservative think tank that's calling on Congress to abandon the code set transition.
May 19, 2015
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The Office of the National Coordinator has shared the reams of public feedback it's received in response to the first draft of its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. Opinion ranges from enthusiastic support to flat opposition.
May 18, 2015
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The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, the bill filed earlier this month by Republican Texas Rep. Ted Poe that would prohibit HHS from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10, has garnered the support of the American Medical Association.
May 15, 2015
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To date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has paid out more than $30 billion in EHR incentive cash to hospitals and providers that meet meaningful use requirements. Check out our breakdown of these payments by hospital and provider type, as well as attestation stats by month.
May 14, 2015
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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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The FDA launched an impressive patient network website this month, after nearly four years of research, focus groups, usability testing and more.
May 16, 2013
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Last year, ONC issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather public input on a potential regulatory approach that would have spelled out “conditions for trusted exchange” (safeguards, technical, and business practice) through rulemaking, and establish a voluntary accreditation and certification process for validating organizations as being legitimate participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).
May 7, 2013
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ONC/CMS provides strong oversight of the meaningful use program by continuousy reexamining the quality of certified products and auditing hospitals and practices that have attested to meaningful use.
May 1, 2013
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If you’re an IT vendor who services healthcare clients, you’re no doubt well-acquainted with HIPAA compliance rules. And chances are that lately you’ve been hearing rumblings about the new HIPAA Omnibus rule.
April 26, 2013
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee, the ACP Council of Associates, and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism spent eighteen months developing a policy statement on online medical professionalism.
April 19, 2013
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Six GOP Senators call for overview of Meaningful Use EHR incentive program was the tweet. It referenced a link which then referred to a report by Senators Thune, Alexander, Roberts, Burr, Coburn and Enzi.
April 18, 2013
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