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 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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Judy Murphy, RN, director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is the latest in a long drumbeat of departures from the agency. Murphy will leave ONC to become chief nursing officer at IBM Healthcare Global Business Services.
October 3, 2014
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It's imperative for the success of interoperability that Stage 3 meaningful use be less stringent, giving health IT vendors the necessary latitude to develop innovative products, according to a draft report from ONC's joint HIT Policy and Standards Committee JASON task force.
October 3, 2014
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The National Institutes of Health will award $46 million in grants to support the government's cognitive research initiative known as BRAIN, or Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies.
October 2, 2014
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As Shellshock, the latest serious cybersecurity flaw, casts its shadow over healthcare, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized a set of recommendations to protect medical devices from Web-based attacks.
October 2, 2014
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HIMSS executives this week had three big messages for the Department of Health and Human Services and newcomer chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell: They want to see serious changes with meaningful use, interoperability and clinical quality measures.
October 2, 2014
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When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause.
October 1, 2014
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North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched HealthForce, a new business unit that will offer coding services to other healthcare organizations nationwide.
September 30, 2014
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As health information managers gathered in San Diego this week for the AHIMA annual convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could result in more workers to fulfill the increasing demand for health IT and data analytics professionals.
September 30, 2014
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Amidst the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 people thus far, government entities in the U.S. and abroad are moving to harness personnel and technologies to better manage the outbreak.
September 29, 2014
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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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It’s not often that stealing someone’s seat at a healthcare conference actually ends up working in my favor, but last Spring’s iHT2 event in Atlanta proved me wrong.
November 2, 2012
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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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