Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

By Mike Miliard 10:36 am January 30, 2015
Finally, CMS has acknowledged a months-long chorus of frustration from industry groups that existing meaningful use rules are just too onerous. One typical reaction: "Hip, hip hooray!"
By Mike Miliard 03:09 pm January 26, 2015
In what it's calling a 'historic' announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services has set new goals to speed the U.S. healthcare system toward value-based care.
U.S. Capitol
By Mike Miliard 11:19 am January 16, 2015
"It's hard to comprehend how HHS can move forward to full-year reporting when the numbers for 90-day reporting are so low," said Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., criticizing the rigidity of the meaningful use program as she reintroduced her Flex-IT Act earlier this week.
Doc at computer
By Tom Sullivan 05:57 am January 07, 2015
The proposed rule for Stage 3 meaningful use has landed at the Office of Management and Budget, alongside one from ONC aiming to make electronic health record certifications more broadly applicable across care settings.
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By Mike Miliard 11:19 am December 18, 2014
Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown an uptick, but many providers still struggle. With the Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers and 28 fellow members of Congress have again called on HHS for a shorter reporting period. The AMA, meanwhile, is "appalled" that more than half of eligible providers will face...
By Erin McCann 11:03 am December 18, 2014
Perhaps CD-ROMs are not the best storage media when it comes to safeguarding the health information of your patients -- especially when one of your staff members accidentally donates them to a children's art project, as what recently happened at a Virginia-based health system.
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell
By Bernie Monegain 10:26 am December 17, 2014
The government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The awards will go to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.
By Mike Miliard 02:44 pm December 12, 2014
After a track record of success since it was founded decade ago – including a crucial five years in which it helped the federal EHR incentive program effect huge advances in the IT infrastructure of the U.S. healthcare system – the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seemed to find itself at a crossroads in 2014.
By Erin McCann 02:33 pm December 12, 2014
To those shirking their HIPAA privacy and security duties: get ready to pay up. That's the message the Department of Health and Human Services is sending after it set records this May for imposing the largest HIPAA monetary fine to date on two entities found to be seriously lacking in the security arena.
By Mike Miliard 02:28 pm December 12, 2014
The mood was hopeful as 2014 dawned. "This is the year," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking in February at HIMSS14 in Orlando as the industry prepared for the kick-off of Stage 2 meaningful use attestations.

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