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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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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Some comments made by Epic's head of interoperability in a Senate HELP Committee Tuesday have triggered members of the CommonWell Health Alliance to fire back at the Verona, Wisconsin-based EHR giant.
March 18, 2015
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It's been almost six years since the Senate HELP Committee has revisited EHRs and interoperability, and at a hearing Tuesday there was one overarching theme among industry stakeholders: That talk is long past due.
March 18, 2015
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Healthcare providers will now have the option of participating in an even higher risk accountable care organization, one that could yield higher returns than any other CMS program.
March 11, 2015
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Chronic disease could be a thing of the past, if National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, has it right. Testifying Tuesday before the Senate, he said NIH is poised to launch a massive data-driven initiative to combat chronic conditions.
March 11, 2015
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The Forbes 2015 list of the richest people on the planet has become longer this year with the addition of even more billionaires. We found five health IT pioneers on the list you've probably heard of.
March 9, 2015
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Five Republican senators -- the same group that in 2013 called for a "reboot" of the HITECH Act -- are pressing on with their efforts to drive changes in how health IT is deployed, especially with regard to interoperability.
March 6, 2015
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The oral arguments the U.S. Supreme Court heard Wednesday in King vs. Burwell did not address any health IT provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but the ruling could have far-reaching effects on the future of American healthcare.
March 5, 2015
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Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components.
March 4, 2015
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Thanks to committed pursuit of its quality measurement programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says the U.S. has made "clear progress" in achieving better care at lower cost for healthier populations.
March 3, 2015
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After a perplexing visit to the emergency department, one patient takes a critical look at the ways electronic health record design can lead to workflow processes that just don't make sense.
March 2, 2015
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Howard Wolpert, MD, has spent much of his life researching technology innovations for diabetes management. He's convinced better tools would help improve the odds in the fight against this deadly disease.
February 26, 2015
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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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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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