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 long-awaited guidelines to federal regulation the FDA released last month is expected to have a lasting impact.
May 1, 2014
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Healthcare industry response to yet another postponement of ICD-10 coding ranges from relief to resentment. Those who haven't prepared for the radical format transition are exhaling contentedly, while those who have worked furiously to make the deadline are understandably indignant about the delay.
May 1, 2014
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The face of telehealth is changing in ways that are becoming unrecognizable from just a few short years ago. No longer is it just a rudimentary communication between healthcare providers and patients. It is now a substantive encounter that reflects the intimacy and personal nature of a face-to-face visit, providers of new-generation technology say.
May 1, 2014
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A trade organization representing the interests of more than 300 telecommunication companies is urging federal policymakers to incorporate mHealth into future electronic health record certification guidelines.
April 30, 2014
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Texas Health Resources, a 25-hospital health system, is going public with its reporting of patient safety and quality measures, making what was once an internal report open for all to see -- "warts and all," as Texas Resources Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Varga, MD, put it.
April 30, 2014
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The global market for electronic medical records has shot up to $23.2 billion in 2013, according to a new report from research firm Kalorama: EMR 2014: The Market for Electronic Medical Records.
April 29, 2014
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One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is adopting electronic medical records systems. It's costing tens of billions of dollars, eating up tons of staff time and it's especially tough for the country's 2,000 rural and small town hospitals.
April 28, 2014
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The American Health Information Management Association's 2014 ICD-10 and Computer Assisted Coding Summit featured the latest industry reaction to the ICD-10 delay. It was one of frustration and disappointment.
April 25, 2014
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With the maturing of the meaningful use incentive program, federal advisory groups are beginning to re-evaluate their roles and the best way to support providers moving forward. At the April 24 HIT Standards Committee meeting, federal officials announced changes in leadership along with proposals about how the organization might reconfigure itself.
April 25, 2014
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In a letter to National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, the Electronic Health Record Association argues that ONC's proposed Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record Certification Criteria rule will cost too much, will disrupt progress and simply isn't "necessary or workable."
April 25, 2014
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The conference was designed to provide attendees with practical guidance on how to successfully manage the transition to the new coding standard, which was to take effect on Oct. 1, 2014. But, with uncertainty surrounding the date of the transition, organizers decided it would be best to postpone the forum.
April 23, 2014
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Serving notice that "covered entities and business associates must understand that mobile device security is their obligation," the HHS Office for Civil Rights has settled with two organizations for a combined $1,975,220 penalty after their unencrypted computers were stolen.
April 23, 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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