March 19, 2012
Among the more grandiose claims repeatedly being pledged along the Republican presidential campaign trail is that each of the hopefuls would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- but does a president even have that power?
March 13, 2012
Earlier this year, a Washington think tank whose healthcare wing is led by two former Senate Majority Leaders, put its weight behind more widespread use of IT in healthcare organizations nationwide.
February 06, 2012
Healthcare reform is arguably the hot-button political issue of our time. And with the Supreme Court locked and loaded to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act this summer, it's a safe bet the controversial two-year-old legislation will have a huge impact on the 2012 election and beyond.
January 19, 2012
Whether the Tea Party will influence the presidential campaign remains to be seen -- but the movement's participants this week are creating an undeniable impact in South Carolina leading up to Saturday's primaries.
November 23, 2011
After a political impasse, in which Republicans effectively blocked his Senate confirmation, Donald Berwick, MD, will step down next week as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. President Obama has nominated CMS principal deputy Marilynn Tavenner as Berwick's replacement.
August 11, 2011
Rep. Renee Ellmers sent a letter Thursday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in which she requested that HHS consider a study of health IT's benefits and cost effectiveness, with a focus on gauging medical error rates.
May 04, 2011
Because Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is viewed as one of the Senate’s most knowledgeable healthcare advocates, analysts are guardedly optimistic about the prospects for the Whitehouse-sponsored Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S.539, which would extend meaningful use incentives to behavioral healthcare providers.
March 29, 2011
The Montana Senate voted to restore the $35 million in federal incentives for electronic medical records for hospitals and community health centers across the state this week.
March 22, 2011
While lawmakers in Washington continue to duke it out over the federal budget, many experts are saying the $27 billion allotted in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to reward providers for healthcare IT adoption should be secure, mainly because healthcare IT has bipartisan support.
January 31, 2011
The "Party of No" strikes again.
January 28, 2011
Even as President Obama gave a State of the Union address this week in which he celebrated an emerging healthcare system where "patients will be able to have face-to-face video chats with their doctors" and "veterans can download their electronic medical records with a click of the mouse," many Republican lawmakers were rallying around a bill that imperils funding for meaningful use incentives.
January 24, 2011
Congress has passed a bill that exempts doctors and other providers from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule, which would have required them to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs.
December 21, 2010
President Obama signed into law a bill that clarified the term "creditor" in the Red Flags Rule, excluding doctors and other small businesses, on Saturday.
December 09, 2010
The fate of a bill that would exempt doctors and other providers from complying with the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule now rests in the hands of President Obama.
December 02, 2010
The Senate has passed a bill that exempts doctors, among other professionals, from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule, which would have required them to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs.
September 08, 2010
A new bipartisan bill aims to ensure that multi-campus hospitals that employ and show meaningful use of health IT systems receive incentive payments that reflect the higher costs of implementation.
July 08, 2010
Visionary or worst choice? President Obama's recess appointment of Harvard Medical School professor Donald Berwick, MD, to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid is drawing praise from healthcare IT leaders across the country even as his detractors paint him as a champion for socialism and healthcare rationing.
March 22, 2010
The House voted late Sunday night to approve the Senate healthcare reform package passed Christmas Eve. The new law builds on a platform of pay-for-performance and includes provisions to simplify healthcare administration, calling for the widespread use of healthcare IT.
March 17, 2010
Coming on the same day as the announcement that HHS will put another $162 million toward Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), the news that Pennsylvania has decided not to partner with Delaware as it works to develop its own HIE would be easy to overlook.
February 19, 2010
With 2010 bringing a heightened focus on healthcare compliance, reform efforts and enforcement, providers should be aware of the legal ramifications that surround these issues, says law expert Stephen W. Bernstein.