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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As of May, eligible hospitals and physicians have been paid out a whopping $23.7 billion in electronic health record incentive payments by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, up from $22.9 billion in April.
June 11, 2014
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The American Medical Association on Monday named its new president-elect, who has been recognized for his involvement with health information technology. The to-be president has been critical of several aspects of the EHR Incentive Program.
June 10, 2014
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Interoperability, the Achilles heel of electronic health record progress has been in the limelight since the beginning of the stimulus package incentive funding for EHR adoption. Against that backdrop, ONC on Thursday offered a 10-year plan for achieving interoperability.
June 6, 2014
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The U.S. Senate voted in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon. Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise.
June 6, 2014
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Delivering on its promise to offer tactical recommendations for steering the healthcare industry to ICD-10, the Workgroup for Data Interchange on Thursday circulated a roadmap.
June 5, 2014
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Ralph Johnson figured once would be enough. Having passed one EHR Incentive Program audit, he assumed his small health system had proven its meaningful use merit to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Then he got another email.
June 5, 2014
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the U.S. government will continue to offer open access to data as fuel for healthcare innovation.
June 4, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD outlined what the next era of health IT will look like, noting that key focus areas include implementing an interoperability roadmap, supporting care transformation, care quality and safety, public health, as well as establishing a framework that will advance not only health IT, but also meaningful consumer engagement.
June 2, 2014
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In its newly released semiannual report to Congress, OIG says it focused on "core risk areas" associated with the marketplaces, including eligibility systems, payment accuracy, contractor oversight, and data security.
May 30, 2014
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Working on the patient portal portion of Stage 2 meaningful use? Officials at Mayo Clinic can offer some valuable insight into their own portal rollout -- challenges that have arisen, privacy concerns and how to do it right.
May 30, 2014
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Information is money. And data brokers, companies that mine consumers' personal information and sell to the highest bidder, know this more than anyone. Their practices in collecting said data, however, have recently come under fire.
May 28, 2014
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A Stanford University engineering group has come up with a way to manipulate deep body implants -- such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators and brain stem devices -- wirelessly.
May 27, 2014
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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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Like many of you, I made the annual pilgrimage to the HIMSS Conference last month but I didn’t write much publicly about it. Here’s what I learned while I was in Vegas and my takeaways for the rest of the year.
March 27, 2012
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On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), unveiled a new GOP budget plan, "The Path to Prosperity Budget." With a YouTube video circulating, an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, and various on-camera interviews, Republicans are calling the proposal the "real solution" to the debt crisis.
March 22, 2012
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While in Chicago recently, I was asked how we validated our quality measures when we moved from chart abstraction to automated computation of PRQS, Meaningful Use, Pioneer ACO, and Alternative Quality Contract measures via the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Quality Data Center (QDC).
March 20, 2012
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Imagine that you’re being required to buy a car. You will have to pay for most of it, but you can’t choose exactly what you want and there are so many restrictions on your options. There’s one more catch: If you don’t choose one yourself, the dealer will decide for you. This is the same predicament that many state policymakers find themselves in regarding the creation of health insurance exchanges.
March 13, 2012
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After this week's State of the Union address, the Politico website dug into why President Obama barely mentioned healthcare reform law. Obama's law has garnered only 42 percent support by Americans, but has been among the most significant policy accomplishments for Obama since he took office.
January 27, 2012
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Last night, the remaining four GOP candidates debated in Tampa, Florida and, as usual, there were a number of topics misrepresented as facts – Mitt Romney’s attacks on the federal health law among those.
January 24, 2012
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