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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More than 370,000 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers have earned an EHR incentive payment so far, with 64,000 new participants attesting to meaningful use for the 2013 reporting year.
May 7, 2014
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Federal funding for most regional extension centers is set to dry up by late this year or early next, but most of them still plan to keep their doors open, according to the 2014 HIMSS Regional Extension Center Survey.
May 2, 2014
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The hits keep on coming for the new EHR certification criteria, as the American Medical Association and Telecommunications Industry Association send their complaints to ONC on the heels of similar criticism submitted earlier by the EHR Association.
May 2, 2014
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said late Thursday it expects the Department of Health and Human Services to "release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015."
May 2, 2014
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Pushing off testing is only one of the unintended consequences triggered by delaying ICD-10. Organizations now have to reassess the project and redefine their requirements, and many will have to find resources to do that.
May 1, 2014
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a highly regarded teaching hospital in Boston, but in 2012, the hospital found out it had one of the highest rates of readmissions among Medicare patients in the country. That meant federal fines of more than $1 million -- and a lot of soul searching for the staff, says Dr. Julius Yang, the head of quality for the hospital.
May 1, 2014
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The American Health Information Management Association is urging controls on the copy-and-paste functionality in electronic health record systems. The use of copy-and-paste should be permitted only when such "strong technology and administrative controls," are in place, the organization wrote in a position statement.
May 1, 2014
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The long-awaited guidelines to federal regulation the FDA released last month is expected to have a lasting impact.
May 1, 2014
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Healthcare industry response to yet another postponement of ICD-10 coding ranges from relief to resentment. Those who haven't prepared for the radical format transition are exhaling contentedly, while those who have worked furiously to make the deadline are understandably indignant about the delay.
May 1, 2014
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The face of telehealth is changing in ways that are becoming unrecognizable from just a few short years ago. No longer is it just a rudimentary communication between healthcare providers and patients. It is now a substantive encounter that reflects the intimacy and personal nature of a face-to-face visit, providers of new-generation technology say.
May 1, 2014
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A trade organization representing the interests of more than 300 telecommunication companies is urging federal policymakers to incorporate mHealth into future electronic health record certification guidelines.
April 30, 2014
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Texas Health Resources, a 25-hospital health system, is going public with its reporting of patient safety and quality measures, making what was once an internal report open for all to see -- "warts and all," as Texas Resources Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Varga, MD, put it.
April 30, 2014
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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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Jon Huntsman, one of the Republican candidates with a background of instituting new healthcare measures, dropped out of the presidential race Jan. 16.
January 17, 2012
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Last week, we looked at Rick Santorum's controversial statement that no one has ever died because they didn't have health insurance. This week, it seems another GOP presidential candidate has gotten himself into a bit of trouble regarding health insurance.
January 13, 2012
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I would like to highlight ten of this year's most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC.
January 10, 2012
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In their second debate in 12 hours, the Republican presidential candidates hashed it out Sunday morning during the television program Meet the Press. We live-tweeted the debate (@HITNewsTweet) and present here a full recap of the event and the reactions it prompted.
January 9, 2012
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Back in December, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum stirred up trouble when he declared that nobody has ever died because they did not have health insurance. How did our healthcare-based social media following respond to Santorum's statement?
January 6, 2012
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