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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Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak recently announced that he will step down from the job this month. Tom Sullivan spoke with Sivak in 2013 about disrupting government culture with technology and modern business practices.
April 1, 2015
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With just six months to go, the healthcare industry is closer to an ICD-10 compliance deadline than it's ever been. But the code set conversion is still not free and clear from the chance that Congress could delay it again.
April 1, 2015
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Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be leaving in April. No word yet about what's next for him.
March 31, 2015
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At no other time in history has there been such a concentrated push for interoperability as there is today. But that doesn't mean the road to connected care will be an easy one.
March 27, 2015
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On March 20, CMS released its proposed Stage 3 rules and certification critieria for eligible hospitals and providers. This analysis by Micky Tripathi and John Halamka, MD, goes through the good, the bad and the ugly of it all.
March 25, 2015
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More than 98 percent of athenahealth's medical practice clients achieved Stage 2 meaningful use in 2014. That number surpasses the MU attestation rate -- so far -- for any other EHR vendor, company officials say.
March 25, 2015
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Lawmakers in Arkansas have rejected a telemedicine bill that proponents say would save hundreds of thousands of dollars and reach patients living in underserved areas.
March 24, 2015
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The reaction to the long-anticipated Stage 3 meaningful use rules has been slow in coming, but a few people have managed to wade through the hundreds of pages since they were released late Friday afternoon. They're cautiously optimistic.
March 23, 2015
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Hospitalist pioneer and patient safety guru Robert M. Wachter, MD, writes in a New York Times op-ed that health IT has been a letdown in many ways, especially when it comes to improving quality and safety.
March 23, 2015
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The new Stage 3 meaningful use rules proposed Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seek to give providers more flexibility, simplify the program, drive interoperability among electronic health records and put the focus on improved patient outcomes.
March 20, 2015
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CHIME is offering a sweet deal for innovators with a way to accurately match patients with their healthcare information. At stake? Patient safety.
March 19, 2015
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Physician practices are engaging in new healthcare payment models. But they're often overwhelmed by the amount of data they have to manage and varied expectations from payers.
March 19, 2015
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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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I wanted to learn more about the hurdles smaller, clinic-based physicians are encountering when trying to switch EHR vendors.
April 16, 2013
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In these politically polarized times, Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to disagree on every detail right down to what day of the week it is. This is especially true in the posturing hurly-burly of the House, where members can appeal to the few select priorities of a gerrymandered district to win re-election.
April 9, 2013
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I keep hearing that "There's no standards for that," or that "There's too many optional features in that data element." Sometimes these pronouncements come from people who should know better, and other times, it simply comes from folks who don't know that there are other places to look.
April 2, 2013
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A new term spreading (almost like fire) through the healthcare interoperability world is HL7 FHIR, pronounced as “fire.”
March 27, 2013
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The final question posed in the recent request for information posted by ONC reads as follows: What specific HHS policy changes would significantly increase standards based electronic exchange of laboratory results?
March 19, 2013
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Healthcare stakeholders and policymakers are working overtime to build the bridge into the digital future. But is there a risk that bridge may collapse under the weight of expectations?
March 14, 2013
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Whatever your reason is for attending the HIMSS annual conference each year, there is never a shortage of education sessions, technology demonstrations, social networking, and meetings on meaningful topics specifically suited to your own tastes. While I was there, I asked some industry professionals what their key takeaways were from the conference.
March 11, 2013
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Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of an ONC RFI at HIMSS March 6, entitled "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange," in order to identify ways in which ONC may accelerate interoperability of EMRs without any additional statutory or regulatory authority.
March 8, 2013
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Last year HIMSS became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and committed to develop and implement the Healthcare Transformation Project (HTP).
March 6, 2013
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