September 25, 2013
The start date for Stage 2 of the meaningful use incentive program, expected to begin Oct. 1, 2013 for hospitals and Jan. 1, 2014 for eligible providers is once again up for discussion.
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.
April 18, 2013
Six GOP Senators call for overview of Meaningful Use EHR incentive program was the tweet. It referenced a link which then referred to a report by Senators Thune, Alexander, Roberts, Burr, Coburn and Enzi.
March 26, 2013
In the wake of the House GOP-led hearings on mobile health app regulation, mHIMSS executives Tom Martin and David Collins say the future of healthcare apps couldn't be brighter.
March 22, 2013
Three subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee just concluded three hearings on mobile health March 18-21, looking for "the sweet spot and that fine line," between patient safety regulations and freedom of innovation, as it was described by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) at the opening of the hearings.
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.
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.
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 28, 2012
Mitt Romney is no stranger to health information technology advocacy. But despite his earlier initiatives as governor of Massachusetts, many experts say health IT policies and their funding could be at risk if he were elected president.
October 24, 2012
The federal government may have delayed the start of Stage 2 of meaningful use by a year, to 2014, but that does not mean healthcare providers should relax in their pursuit of the intended goals of the EHR incentive program, namely better, safer healthcare at lower cost.
October 23, 2012
Health and Human Services officials, who spoke this week at the CHIME12 Annual Fall Forum, are pushing back against Republican questions of the appropriateness of the $27 billion meaningful use EHR Incentive Program.
October 04, 2012
Among the pods of debate in Denver last night, the issue of healthcare was every bit as fiery as the oft-considered more popular economy, jobs and the widely-divisive role of government.
October 02, 2012
It's a joke without a punch line: Both Republican and Democratic national party platforms make barely any mention of health IT.
September 10, 2012
While there's plenty of attention to healthcare topics in both the Republican and Democratic national party platforms, there is only a passing reference to healthcare information technology in each.
August 31, 2012
It may come as a surprise that President Barack Obama and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan are pushing the same target rate for controlling federal spending on Medicare. Each would set it at half a percentage point higher than the growth rate of the economy -- the gross domestic product -- after a phase-in period.
August 29, 2012
By choosing Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney put Medicare on the table as a major 2012 campaign issue.
August 01, 2012
Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services, discusses the anticipated changes ahead with anticipated expansion and modernization of the program.
June 15, 2012
It's almost too perfect. Of all the GOP candidates President Barack Obama could possibly face in the 2012 election, he's been matched against Mitt Romney.
April 11, 2012
Healthcare is one of the top issues in the 2012 presidential election, and all the candidates are promising big things. For Republican candidates, their platforms all rest soundly on repealing the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).