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.
May 30, 2013
Senate GOP leaders on Thursday called for an Inspector General investigation into fundraising activities reportedly carried out by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
May 21, 2013
One month after six Republican Senators published a white paper calling for a new approach to the federal meaningful use incentive program, the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association, has drafted a point-by-point response.
May 16, 2013
Marilyn Tavenner's confirmation as official administrator of CMS immediately drew positive reactions from nearly every corner of the industry and government, as several healthcare stakeholders reacted to the 91-7 landslide Senate vote that took place late Wednesday. Tavenner is the first administrator in nine years to receive Senate confirmation.
April 26, 2013
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has put a halt to what appeared to be smooth sailing for Marilyn Tavenner to officially take the helm of the Medicare program. At a budget hearing Wednesday, Harkin said he wants answers on why funding for wellness is to be cut from the federal budget.
April 24, 2013
The Senate Finance committee on April 23 unanimously approved Marilyn Tavenner to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner, who has been temporarily running CMS for the past two years, must now face a full Senate vote before she can officially take on the CMS Administrator position.
April 18, 2013
A Louisiana state bill that would ban telemedicine as means to prescribe the abortion pill to women living in rural or remote areas has been backed by the state's Senate Health and Welfare Committee and now heads to the Senate for a vote.
April 11, 2013
As President Obama takes his budget and deficit-reduction proposals to Congress and the public, the Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled its proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
April 10, 2013
Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, received accolades from both sides of the aisle at a hearing on Tuesday to consider her nomination as head of CMS. Senate Finance Committee leaders indicated a decision would come soon.
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.
March 21, 2013
A telemedicine bill aimed at expanding remote patient monitoring technology in rural and underserved communities was re-introduced in the Senate this week, making it the fifth time the bill has been proposed since 2005.
March 04, 2013
The Congressional Affairs Panel, held Monday at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, featured health policy experts and congressional staff members who engaged in a discussion of current national and state legislation affecting healthcare and health IT.
February 28, 2013
After a morning of Congressional tongue-lashings Wednesday during a House hearing on iEHR, the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments publicly issued a statement reasserting that they are jointly committed to working toward an iEHR endpoint similar to the project's original goal.
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.
November 15, 2012
With the national election over and the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) continuing to take effect, The Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) and its sister organization the Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA) are calling on the State House of Representatives to both pass Senate Bill 693, which establishes a state-based exchange, and appropriate the $9.8 million federal planning grant that is critical to laying the groundwork for a health care exchange under the Act. The deadline for the insurance exchange application was extended to Dec. 14, but lawmakers must take action by Friday, Nov. 16 to inform the federal government of the state's intention to have a state exchange.
November 09, 2012
Now that the election is over and the Affordable Care Act has been made permanent by the Supreme Court's decision, governors who have been sitting on healthcare decisions have "a lot of pent up energy" for moving forward, said former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist at a post-election healthcare meeting held in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
November 07, 2012
Obamacare has survived both a Supreme Court challenge and now Mitt Romney's promise to "repeal and replace." But very real questions remain about its future, since it's as unpopular as ever in some states. Questions about federal funding of health IT are also still lingering.
October 04, 2012
A majority of physicians now say that a business case for the electronic exchange of health information across all care settings is becoming evident because they believe it will have a positive impact on healthcare.
July 02, 2012
California state officials are poised to weaken the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, which gives patients the right to take legal action against a healthcare provider for medical records released without permission. This despite the fact that the law is supported by 77 percent of voters.