Federal health care policy issues and health care reform

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  • Managing mobile devices and meeting HIPAA compliance

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  • accountable care organization (ACO)

    An accountable care organization (ACO) is an association of hospitals, providers and insurers in which all parties assume accountability for the quality of patient care, and how money is spent as it pertains to a population. 

  • common working file (CWF)

    A common working file (CWF) is a tool used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain national Medicare records for individual beneficiaries enrolled in the program. 

  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a professional organization dedicated to helping health care professionals manage personal health information in their effort to provide quality health care to the public. 

  • National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT)

    The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, or NAHIT, was formed in 2002 in an effort to promote the use of health IT. 

  • HIPAA Security Rule

    The Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information, commonly known as the HIPAA Security Rule, establishes national standards for securing patient data that is stored or transferred electronically. 

  • HIPAA Privacy Rule

    The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, commonly known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule, establishes the first national standards to protect patients' personal health information (PHI). 

  • electronic protected health information (ePHI)

    Electronic protected health information (ePHI) refers to any protected health information (PHI) that is covered under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) security regulations and is produced, saved, transferred or rece... 

  • Health and Human Services (HHS)

    The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the part of the federal government that's responsible for administrating programs that deal with health and welfare. According the official HHS website, the department works with almo... 

  • pharmaceutical detailing

    Detailing is a marketing technique used by pharmaceutical companies wherein a pharmaceutical representative visits and attempts to persuade a doctor to prescribe a certain company’s product more often. 

  • HIT standards committee

    The Health Information Technology (HIT) standards committee is a federal committee created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that advises the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of standards, certification criteri... 

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About Federal health care policy issues and health care reform

There are a variety of health care policy issues that impact the way providers and payers use technology to provide care and submit claims. Chief among these policies is the health care reform law of 2010, which encourages the creation of accountable care organizations to improve care coordination and reduce rising care costs. Additional health care policy issues spell out the regulatory standards to which medical devices and other technology must be held. Find resources here that explain the ACO model, examine the health care reform law's impact on IT and outline past, present and future federal and state health care policy issues.