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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It has historically been difficult for public health officials -- especially at cash-strapped state and local departments -- to gauge whether their outreach and initiatives really work. A new tool from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Partners aims to change that.
August 26, 2014
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U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park is reportedly packing up to head back West -- Silicon Valley, specifically.
August 25, 2014
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Comments from the Premier healthcare alliance this week are just the latest in a flood of opinions and wish lists inundating Capitol Hill, after two senators asked for input on interoperability and data sharing.
August 20, 2014
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As thousands of physician practice managers, hospital CIOs and technology vendors gathered to discuss meaningful use, interoperability and ICD-10 at the annual Allscripts Client Experience users' meeting, a featured speaker encouraged them to keep their eye on the real prize: population health management.
August 15, 2014
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The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association told U.S. senators that, in general, a patient's healthcare data should follow the patient, and it also called for a nationwide patient data matching strategy.
August 13, 2014
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Even as it led to a delay of ICD-10, another component in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act could go a long way toward accelerating the development and access routes of new diagnostic tests.
August 12, 2014
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In a move that's being lauded by mobile health innovators, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released dozens of mHealth medical devices from the requirements of added regulation.
August 4, 2014
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The revised compliance date for providers, payers and clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10 has been finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services. It's Oct. 1, 2015 -- just 14 months from today.
August 1, 2014
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Payment policies remain one of the biggest challenges yet to be ironed out when it comes to telehealth. As things stand today, doctors have little financial incentive to adopt telemedicine, as it's hard for them to be reimbursed for services rendered virtually. Two senators are looking to change that.
August 1, 2014
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As confusion clouds the lead-up to a long-overdue switchover, AHIMA tackles three of the most persistent and pernicious untruths about ICD-10.
July 31, 2014
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It's official. The Government Accountability Office today affirmed what the general public knew this past October: the launch of the HealthCare.gov website was a poorly-planned and mismanaged disaster -- one that cost the federal government a pretty penny.
July 31, 2014
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As the U.S. population grows, the physician workforce shrinks, and information technology fundamentally changes the way care is delivered, the Institute of Medicine says graduate medical education needs an overhaul.
July 30, 2014
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The Health IT Standards Committee has formed a new workgroup, the Consumer Technology Workgroup (CTWG).
February 22, 2013
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The February HIT Standards Committee focused on the Committee workplan for 2013. Farzad Mostashari offered introductory remarks. He noted that we need to build the foundation for stage 3 while also focusing on the implementation of stage 2.
February 21, 2013
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In the latest chapter of some inside-the-Beltway wrangling over the validity of recess appointments by President Obama of National Labor Relations Board members, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals held the appointments to be invalid, thus invalidating all NLRB decisions in which these members had participated. These include, of course, some decisions touching on the regulation of employee use of social media by employees, whether or not the workforce is unionized.
February 8, 2013
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The Standards and Policy Committees met on Jan. 29 in Washington in joint session to take testimony from expert stakeholders about health information exchange.
January 30, 2013
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Today, as in last year’s New Year blog post, I will share with you a few of the ways in which ONC has interacted with you to meet its mission and mandate over the past year.
January 23, 2013
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Were you run over by the HIPAA bus yesterday? The Omnibus final rule finally landed with a crunch last night. If you check out #HIPAAbus, you'll see my notes from my blaze through with page numbers.
January 18, 2013
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Earlier this year, ONC issued a request for information regarding a potential governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network. Based on the comments and feedback we received from multiple stakeholders, ONC announced in September that we would not be issuing federal regulations.
December 21, 2012
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Yesterday I talked about where I'd been last year. Today I'm going to cover where I think things are headed in the U.S. (at least for me).
December 20, 2012
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It is not everyday that a person gets to see something entirely foreign and new and have their eyes opened to things that delight and surprise them, but I have just returned from a week of that feeling and it was downright revelatory.
December 19, 2012
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've spent the last couple of days at the ONC Annual Meeting. Yesterday morning was filled with a joint session between the Beacons and S&I Framework folk. The afternoon was an S&I Framework Round Table, followed by the ABBI Town Hall Meeting.
December 13, 2012
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Just two and a half years after hosting a workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standard, OCR has issued its "Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule."
November 29, 2012
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The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.
November 27, 2012
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