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 21st Century Cures bill put forth by the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health, is set for markup Thursday, a process in which subcommittee members offer amendments.
May 13, 2015
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President Obama's nomination of ONC Chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, to the post of Assistant HHS Secretary, did not surprise many in health IT circles. After all, she was already Acting Assistant Secretary. As some stakeholders say, if she is confirmed, they will have an advocate in an even higher position in government.
May 8, 2015
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HHS could soon release a big collection of data, twice as much as it has in the past, according to a report from Medical Practice Insider.
May 8, 2015
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, has been nominated by President Obama to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If she is confirmed by the Senate, she would step down as National Coordinator for Health IT, a post she has held since January 2014.
May 7, 2015
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Once again, proposed legislation that would block the ICD-10 conversion is back -- almost. Without the actual text, though, it's hard to speculate on its chances of passing the House and Senate.
May 6, 2015
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Until physicians have EHRs that can talk with one another, the Precision Medicine Initiative introduced by President Barack Obama could be in jeopardy, Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday.
May 6, 2015
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The new budget blueprint does not technically repeal the Affordable Care Act, but it could be a cornerstone of the GOP's long game against it.
May 6, 2015
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If you were just getting used to CMS' electronic clinical quality measures, get ready for its annual update after the federal government recently announced measure changes for the 2016 reporting period.
May 5, 2015
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Just couple years after what appeared to be a rocky start for Pioneer accountable care organizations, with some ACOs struggling and others dropping out of the program, a new report from CMS shows encouraging savings.
May 5, 2015
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Every 60 seconds, 232 computers are infected with malware; 12 websites are successfully hacked; more than 571 new websites are created, and 204 million emails are sent. Combine this with the fact that on the black market, medical records are worth $60, compared to credit card data, which typically sells for $20. "That makes us a significant targets," said Intermountain Healthcare's CISO Karl West.
May 4, 2015
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Former National Coordinator for Health IT David Brailer, MD, argues in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal that it's time for Americans to take charge of their medical records.
May 1, 2015
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One year to the day that Reps. Fred Upton and Diana DeGette launched the 21st Century Cures initiative, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday to discuss draft legislation that in the future could mean more cures for more diseases for people across the country.
May 1, 2015
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I wanted to learn more about the hurdles smaller, clinic-based physicians are encountering when trying to switch EHR vendors.
April 16, 2013
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In these politically polarized times, Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to disagree on every detail right down to what day of the week it is. This is especially true in the posturing hurly-burly of the House, where members can appeal to the few select priorities of a gerrymandered district to win re-election.
April 9, 2013
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I keep hearing that "There's no standards for that," or that "There's too many optional features in that data element." Sometimes these pronouncements come from people who should know better, and other times, it simply comes from folks who don't know that there are other places to look.
April 2, 2013
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A new term spreading (almost like fire) through the healthcare interoperability world is HL7 FHIR, pronounced as “fire.”
March 27, 2013
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The final question posed in the recent request for information posted by ONC reads as follows: What specific HHS policy changes would significantly increase standards based electronic exchange of laboratory results?
March 19, 2013
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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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