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.
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.
June 27, 2013
Developing an effective framework for driving healthcare quality improvements proves a multifaceted, complex endeavor, and although EHR systems can play a positive role in the task, much of the technology still misses the mark. This was just one of several concerns put before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance June 26.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 28, 2010
Healthcare IT has been highlighted over the past four years in State of the Union speeches, though President Barack Obama made no mention of it in his Wednesday night speech. Some stakeholders defend the Administration's support of health IT, while others question it.
February 10, 2009
President Barack Obama pushed the urgency of an economic stimulus package during his first televised national address Monday night. Included in that package, he said, is funding for healthcare IT.
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?
November 25, 2009
White House officials said Wednesday that healthcare IT is key to containing healthcare costs in the future.
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.
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.
January 13, 2010
Premier healthcare alliance, which encompasses 2,300 not-for profit hospitals and health systems and more than 63,000 other healthcare organizations, addressed healthcare reform in a letter to Congressional leadership Jan. 12.
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.
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.
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.
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.