July 15, 2013
Not everyone is eager to see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issue its final guidance on mobile medical app regulation. In fact, some are wondering if the FDA is even the right agency to take charge of mHealth oversight.
July 08, 2013
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is circulating a draft of voluntary standards it is developing for the critical infrastructure of IT security. The framework, when fully developed, will outline security functions and standards based on a risk-management approach in five areas, summed up by the adage "Know, Prevent, Detect, Respond, Recover."
June 28, 2013
Whether Americans see Edward Snowden as a hero or a traitor, the ongoing story of his deliberate leak of classified security information has caused some to sit up and take stock of all matters related to information technology, data and privacy.
June 18, 2013
A longtime proponent of evidence-based medicine, Donald Berwick, MD, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, believes his home state's healthcare system can be a "model for the nation."
June 13, 2013
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, has announced plans to step down in July, after four years as the nation's top voice for public health.
April 15, 2013
The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has announced it will establish a new working group to support the recent White House cybersecurity executive order.
April 11, 2013
The Obama administration is trying once again to convince Congress to provide more funding for the health law's insurance exchanges, which are set to begin enrollment this fall.
April 09, 2013
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing April 9, beginning at 10 a.m., to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Marilyn B. Tavenner for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
April 02, 2013
Dubbing it "the next great American project," President Barack Obama announced the launch of the BRAIN Initiative, aimed at unlocking the many mysteries of the brain. The $100 million "to get the project off the ground" comes from the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation, and is part of the budget the president will send to Congress next week.
March 22, 2013
There's little question that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has demonstrable benefits already -- even if, as a Kaiser Poll found this week, Americans still don't understand them. What's less clear is how the ACA will fare long-term given today's tumultuous political environment.
February 13, 2013
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama made the case "sudden, harsh, arbitrary" sequestration cuts would be bad for healthcare and the economy at large. But he signaled a willingness to listen to other ideas for reform.
February 08, 2013
For the second time, President Barack Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner to be permanent administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She has been serving as acting administrator since December 2011, when Donald Berwick, MD, stepped down.
January 23, 2013
Gov. Phil Bryant and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney have known each other for 30 years and call themselves friends. Now, though, a wedge has come between the two elected Republicans -- President Barack Obama's health law, the part of it that calls for crating an online health insurance marketplace.
January 17, 2013
"In addition to being a law enforcement challenge, gun violence is also a serious public health issue that affects thousands of individuals, families and communities across the nation," President Barack Obama wrote in his memorandum to the Centers for Disease Control Jan. 16, when he charged the agency with conducting research into the matter.
January 01, 2013
The continuing saga around the deadline delay for states to decide whether they'll establish their own health insurance exchanges doesn't change the final upshot: All states are anticipated to have an online insurance marketplace, one way or another.
The delays may also make a federal/state partnership model for the exchange more palatable and a way out for unprepared states, at least in the initial years, according to an expert on state healthcare issues.
December 17, 2012
President Barack Obama rejected the idea of delaying the implementation of a 2.3 percent medical device tax slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act. The president said medical device companies would make up for the lost revenue because the ACA will bring more healthcare consumers into the marketplace.
November 29, 2012
A new consumer survey of more than 1,200 voters conducted by PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) found that 69 percent want President Barack Obama to make reducing costs his top healthcare priority in his second term, but reducing spending on IT initiatives could be troublesome for the Administration.
November 19, 2012
The continuing saga around the deadline delay for states to decide whether or not they'll establish their own health insurance exchanges doesn't change the final upshot: All states are anticipated to have an online insurance marketplace, one way or another.
November 08, 2012
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, said that data and analytics played a critical role in the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama -- mirroring the growing importance of data in healthcare.
November 07, 2012
With President Barack Obama scoring a big victory Tuesday night, earning many more than the 270 electoral votes he needed for reelection, the healthcare industry is responding to the outcome, and the impact it may have on the future of care delivery.