December 20, 2009
The Senate passed a sweeping healthcare reform bill Thursday morning, despite concerns from the Medical Group Management Association.
December 03, 2009
The Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) passed the House on Nov. 7 by a vote of 220 to 215, and we await a Senate version of health reform for a vote by early next year – perhaps.
November 25, 2009
White House officials said Wednesday that healthcare IT is key to containing healthcare costs in the future.
November 23, 2009
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Health IT Financing Act (HR 3014), which would authorize the Small Business Administration to oversee a $10 billion loan program for healthcare providers. This bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Kathleen A. Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), chairman of the House Small Business Regulations and Healthcare Subcommittee, is up for Senate consideration.
November 09, 2009
The Medical Group Management Association, which represents nearly 14,000 large and small physician practices across the country, is giving kudos to information technology components of the health reform bill passed Saturday by the House.
August 26, 2009
With the death of Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy (D-Mass.) late Tuesday night goes one of the staunchest allies of health reform and healthcare IT advancement.
July 06, 2009
The VeriChip Corporation, a Delray Beach, Fla.-based provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for healthcare, is supporting a Pennsylvania bill that would ban the forced implantation of identification devices in people.
June 10, 2009
The Senate draft of the health reform bill released Tuesday provides no new funds for healthcare IT – but the strategies outlined for reimbursement, cost savings and improved care all depend on the generation and use of data.
May 05, 2009
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and responsible for leading healthcare reform efforts, said Monday that health IT will be key in containing costs to pay for reform.
April 29, 2009
Kathleen Sebelius begins her first day today as Department of Health and Human Services secretary, having garnered Senate confirmation Tuesday in a 65-31 vote.
April 28, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius went before the full Senate Tuesday for confirmation as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
April 23, 2009
Ten conservative leaders have called on the Senate to oppose the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services Secretary, calling her "unfit" for the role because of her "extreme" pro-abortion record and her lack of integrity during the nomination process.
April 21, 2009
The Senate Finance Committee confirmed Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday morning to join President Barack Obama's cabinet as the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary.
April 03, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius expressed strong support of healthcare IT in both of her confirmation hearings this week before Congress. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on her nomination as Department of Health and Human Services Secretary as early as next week.
March 12, 2009
Those interested in applying for spots on the new federal healthcare IT policy advisory panel had better act quickly - the window for nominations closes March 16.
March 11, 2009
The chairmen of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel have weighed in on the future of their organizations under the new stimulus package.
March 01, 2009
President Barack Obama announced Monday he has tapped Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Department of Health and Human Services secretary and Nancy-Ann Min DeParle for Director of the White House Office for Health Reform.
February 24, 2009
Washington State Health Care Authority's health record bank initiative in three communities will go live at the end of February or early March and the request for proposal for the Health Record Bank of Oregon will be released in the same timeframe.