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 overarching message delivered to joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees by the JASON task force on Oct. 15: The government should "act with urgency" to encourage and motivate the healthcare industry, using whatever mechanisms available, to fuel interoperability through meaningful use.
October 16, 2014
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ONC's work to drive interoperability is under perhaps more intense scrutiny than ever. Yet, a sense emerged on Wednesday morning during a meeting of the joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees that, while much work remains, the notion that there is no interoperability in America is wrong.
October 15, 2014
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National coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, revealed on Tuesday that ONC now has a new Chief Privacy Officer. "She brings a set of rich experiences at the intersection of health information, privacy, and modernizing the health care delivery system," DeSalvo wrote in an email to staff.
October 14, 2014
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Once the outbreak in West Africa happened and spread to other countries in that region, was it inevitable that Ebola would reach the U.S.? And should hospitals across the nation have been preparing?
October 14, 2014
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The Federal Trade Commission has some news for health IT vendors whose zeal for competitive marketshare outweighs their willingness to share data: They're watching, and will step in where necessary.
October 10, 2014
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Arguing that the current up-in-the-air regulatory climate is hindering innovation in health information technology, an array of vendors and industry groups have called on Congress to clarify its plans for patient safety rules.

October 9, 2014
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RTI International has landed a contract with the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to develop a roadmap for a national health IT safety center.
October 9, 2014
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Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals -- 2,610 -- for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments, federal records released Oct. 1 show. Even though the nation’s readmission rate is dropping, Medicare’s average fines will be higher.
October 9, 2014
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It may not come as any surprise: Electronic health record vendors don't play well with others. At least that's according to healthcare providers who say, in the lion's share of cases, their EHR is not interoperable with others.
October 8, 2014
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The U.S. government's new $450 million job training program targets 270 community colleges across the country, many of which plan to offer courses in health IT.
October 8, 2014
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will reopen the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception applications.
October 7, 2014
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A major healthcare investment firm says the insurance industry will have to abandon its 50-year-old business plan and embrace mHealth, among other changes, to survive.
October 6, 2014
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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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As I watch healthcare providers in our integrated delivery system deal with the challenges of payment reform and accountable care, I am more optimistic than dismayed.
February 27, 2013
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Among the numerous challenges that an ACO model presents, is the need for more sophisticated IT systems that will support distributed care management across a diverse care team that extends from the primary care physician, to the specialists, to the care manager, the patient and others.
February 26, 2013
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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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