Government & Policy

By John Halamka 09:55 am May 16, 2016
"Some agreed with my initial analysis that clinicians will have a hard time translating complex MACRA payment processes into altered clinical behavior," writes John Halamka, MD. "Others felt I was over-harsh, negative and inappropriate. It's never my intent to criticize people, instead I want encourage dialogue about ideas....
By Brian Wells 04:54 pm May 09, 2016
Penn Medicine associate vice president of health technology Brian Wells makes the case for creating standards that map rich clinical data in EHRs and other sources to large patient cohorts.
By John Halamka 10:36 am May 06, 2016
"Sometimes when you remodel a house, there is a point when additional improvements are impossible and you need to start again with a new structure," writes Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, about a 962-page rule that "no mere human will be able to understand."
By Rick Kam 05:03 pm April 20, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has officially launched the mechanism for sharing threat intelligence, known as the Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) initiative. The government has said that the AIS will serve as the Internet's "See Something, Say Something."
By Arien Malec 10:32 am April 18, 2016
Starting in 2019, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will change how they pay physicians in a profound way. Unfortunately, the details are complicated and confusing, and many of the particulars have yet to be worked out, which has led many healthcare leaders to glaze over the details and focus on more immediate concerns.
By Jeff Rowe 11:23 am April 04, 2016
At a time when providers are being challenged to become more innovative, it seems reasonable to think one good place to look for ideas or inspiration might be the retailers who've made healthcare innovation a core of their business strategies.
By Rick Kam 08:11 am March 25, 2016
Both the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and the Apple-FBI conflict have catapulted the privacy-security debate into headlines. Here's a look at what to know now about those.
By Carl Natale 01:04 pm March 24, 2016
Six months in and coders are encountering issues. Let's take a quick look.
By Rick Kam 07:56 am March 18, 2016
A new law aims to reduce cybercrime but, at the same time, raises the old argument about how much is too much when it comes to personal privacy.
By Jack McCarthy 08:38 am March 15, 2016
Philadelphia has taken steps to become a national leader for healthcare IT innovation, with a number of large-scale development projects taking shape.

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