Federal health care policy issues and health care reform
- March 18, 2020
Telehealth services are in high demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, but can providers keep pace?
- March 13, 2020
New healthcare regulations from ONC and CMS strive to make it easier to share health data. Industry players have something to say about that.
- March 12, 2020
Healthcare stakeholders say the information blocking provision in the long-awaited ONC final rule is a good step toward greater data sharing.
- March 09, 2020
More than 40,000 healthcare professionals attend the HIMSS20 conference to learn about the latest developments in digital health transformation and regulations.
- March 09, 2020
After months of delay, ONC and CMS announced the release of their long-awaited information blocking and interoperability rules.
- March 05, 2020
On Monday, President Trump was slated to speak at HIMSS 2020. On Thursday, the health IT event was canceled for the first time in 58 years due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- March 04, 2020
President Trump will likely talk about patient empowerment and interoperability at HIMSS 2020 -- all set against a backdrop of growing concern over the coronavirus.
- March 02, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump will be a 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition conference speaker. Karen Groppe, HIMSS senior director of strategic communications, announced the news ...
- February 26, 2020
At HIMSS 2020, federal regulators' proposed interoperability rule will be the talk of the conference, whether it's been finalized or not.
- February 13, 2020
Contentions over proposed health data sharing rules, which would require health systems to implement standardized APIs, continue to heighten. EHR vendor Epic recently sent a letter signed by about ...
- January 29, 2020
EHR vendor Epic is stirring the privacy and data access debate once again as proposed rules from ONC and CMS are under review at the Office of Management and Budget.
- January 20, 2020
ONC's five-year strategic health IT draft plan lays out comprehensive goals, but, in some instances, how to achieve those goals is still murky.
- December 19, 2019
Forrester Research and Frost & Sullivan say telehealth and social determinants of health data analytics platforms will gain ground in 2020.
- November 21, 2019
As proposed interoperability and information blocking rules from ONC and CMS are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget, the healthcare community expresses more concern about patient data security.
- October 25, 2019
The adoption of value-based care models in healthcare is hindered by a lack of resources, according to more than 1,000 respondents of a Definitive Healthcare value-based care trends survey.
- October 18, 2019
The healthcare community uses security as a crutch to deny the sharing of patient data. That has to stop, according to Athenahealth CISO Taylor Lehmann.
- September 26, 2019
TEFCA is aimed mostly at health information exchanges, but AMIA's Jeffery Smith said healthcare CIOs can't ignore its progress.
- September 24, 2019
Patient data security is sorely lacking in ONC and CMS's proposed information blocking and interoperability rules, according to healthcare leadership organizations.
- September 23, 2019
Proposed interoperability rules from ONC and CMS are on track to be finalized in November. Here, healthcare CIOs share their thoughts on how proposals will turn into practice.
- September 04, 2019
Establishing a value-based care environment requires institutional readiness and oftentimes changing an organization's mindset on how it delivers care.
- August 23, 2019
Panelists at ONC's 3rd Interoperability Forum in Washington, D.C., talked about the FHIR standard lacking maturity, as well as facing implementation challenges.
- August 23, 2019
Healthcare APIs took a front seat during ONC's recent forum in Washington D.C. Panelists and healthcare experts outlined issues such as lack of patient awareness that could affect usage.
- July 23, 2019
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to lift a ban on using federal funds to create a national patient identifier. Healthcare leaders now want the U.S. Senate to do the same.
- July 09, 2019
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will have a new deputy leader starting next month. ONC announced Monday that Jon White, M.D., deputy national coordinator for health IT, will ...
- June 06, 2019
ONC and CMS will begin considering feedback on the interoperability and information blocking rules the federal agencies proposed in February.
- June 05, 2019
Proposed rules are a good first step toward interoperability in healthcare, but don't go far enough, according to healthcare leaders.
- May 31, 2019
In this Q&A, Life Image CTO Janak Joshi talks about heterogeneous data sets and their importance to healthcare AI companies, and makes a pitch for imaging data to ONC.
- May 13, 2019
Healthcare organizations will pay less for HIPAA violation fines annually under Health and Human Services' new fines structure, but security should still be top of mind for CIOs.
- May 08, 2019
In a hearing, chairman of the Senate HELP Committee cautioned ONC and CMS officials to go slow if they want to get interoperability in healthcare done right.
- May 03, 2019
AI algorithms in healthcare currently regulated by the FDA are static and require manual updates. The FDA is now looking into what it would take to regulate AI algorithms that are dynamic.
- February 01, 2019
The growing shift from traditional healthcare delivery models to value-based care models that focus on more holistic views of a patient will take center stage at HIMSS 2019.
- January 10, 2019
The healthcare sector is anxiously awaiting the release of federal health agencies' rules on interoperability, but the government shutdown will further delay their release.
- November 28, 2018
A new draft report from the ONC acknowledges the challenges with EHRs and provides suggested solutions, including decreased regulation and more stakeholder cooperation.
- October 24, 2018
Telemedicine proponents have an ally: the chairman of the FCC. Here's what Ajit Pai has planned to get broadband into poor and rural communities in the U.S.
- October 05, 2018
The U.S. Digital Service is slowly moving a Medicare mainframe to the cloud as a way to prepare for value-based care. Here's a look inside the office's deliberate strategy.
- April 04, 2018
A new report from Chilmark Research points to future gains for patient relationship management software, potentially in the tricky area of decreasing 30-day patient readmissions.
- February 28, 2018
The American Academy of Family Physicians has recommended steps to relieve the burden of health IT regulations on physicians. In a letter to CMS administrator Seema Verma and ONC national ...
- December 18, 2017
The FCC's vote to repeal net neutrality could hurt telehealth providers and consumers and limit the ability of some healthcare systems to exchange data-intensive medical images.
- December 01, 2017
For ONC, the top healthcare IT issues that need to be addressed by the industry are interoperability and EHR usability. The national coordinator lays out three influencing factors.
- October 05, 2017
Health IT vendors and healthcare providers and insurance payers gathered at Chilmark Research's Convergence 2017 conference to discuss payer-provider partnerships and other deals.
- September 21, 2017
Among keynoters at Chilmark Research conference on payer-provider convergence is veteran health IT exec John Glaser -- Cerner population health senior VP and former Siemens CEO.
- August 17, 2017
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently appointed 15 new health IT experts to the also new Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee, a press release said. "The 21st ...
- May 04, 2017
The Trump administration's proposed changes to the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreign workers could force health IT vendors to pay higher salaries to software engineers.
- April 17, 2017
Leaders of HL7, the international health IT standards organization, say HL7 standards development is being held back by lack of financial support from some industry organizations.
- April 05, 2017
Donald Rucker has been named the new ONC head. The former Siemens CMO has been welcomed to the position of national coordinator by the health IT community.
- March 30, 2017
President Trump's appointment of former GOP congressman John Fleming, M.D., to a newly created health technology post could portend ONC downsizing and MACRA changes.
- March 10, 2017
In this podcast, the SearchHealthIT HIT Squad recaps HIMSS 2017 hot topics including AI in healthcare, patient engagement and a relative lack of government issues.
- February 02, 2017
As congressional Republicans push ACA repeal, accountable care organizations appear safe because of bipartisan support for value-based care and reimbursement.
- January 26, 2017
President Donald Trump has already begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, by signing an executive order that allows certain government officials and entities to ...
- December 29, 2016
Intermountain CIO Marc Probst is well known for insisting that the government set interoperability standards for health IT so providers and vendors can freely exchange health data.
- December 28, 2016
Vendors and patient advocates criticize computerized physician order entry ban following new Joint Commission and CMS clarification of secure texting rules.
- December 16, 2016
In 2016, the health IT world spent a lot of time addressing data blocking issues and patients' access to personal information like their health records. Learn more in this photo story.
- December 07, 2016
The U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act on Dec. 6, legislation that has some important implications for health IT including providing funding to initiatives started by President Barack ...
- November 10, 2016
What will the future of health IT be under the new Trump administration? Health IT experts offer up predictions and reassurances for the future.
- November 02, 2016
In a podcast from the CHIME fall forum in Phoenix, Russ Branzell, CEO of the health IT CIO organization, explains CHIME's policy agenda for 2017.
- October 18, 2016
The MACRA final rule eases ways for doctors to measure patient care data for Medicare reimbursement; meanwhile, ONC focused its authority on patient safety in health IT systems.
- September 19, 2016
Vindell Washington, M.D., the new national coordinator for health information technology, hits back at a survey citing widespread physician dissatisfaction with EHRs.
- August 12, 2016
In the waning days of the administration, ONC national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., leaves ONC to focus full time on her other post as acting assistant HHS secretary for health.
- June 23, 2016
ONC senior policy adviser explains in this HIT Squad podcast the rationale for and benefits of new certified EHR transparency requirements and how they will be enforced.
- June 02, 2016
Information blocking and new telemedicine systems are hot health IT conference topics, with government officials pushing interoperability and telehealth finding more adoption.
- May 24, 2016
American Well is getting attention for its new telemedicine exchange while The New York Times also picked up on the development as the telehealth industry poises for growth.
- May 18, 2016
Telemedicine has come a long way in terms of acceptance, but reimbursement and cross-state licensing issues are still impeding growth, a legal expert says at ATA 2016.
- May 04, 2016
Top federal officials are soon expected to promote a new Medicare reimbursement system. The HIT Squad eyes Health Datapalooza and American Telemedicine Association coverage.
- March 07, 2016
Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of CMS, was very direct in stating that meaningful use is winding down and will be replaced by an improved program.
- February 25, 2016
In addition to hot technologies such as cloud, predictive analytics and IoT, HIMSS 2016 will feature a big presence by government health IT regulators.
- February 04, 2016
Although a top CMS official has declared meaningful use dead, health IT observers say it is still quite alive but that it will change under the new MACRA healthcare law.
- February 03, 2016
SearchHealthIT staff will be among the 40,000 people expected at HIMSS 2016, covering the biggest news that breaks at the event and gathering reactions from health IT experts.
- October 15, 2015
Some meaningful use reporting requirements were modified by CMS and ONC. Notably, the stage 3 attestation period will be optional in 2017 and last for 90 days that year.
- October 07, 2015
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced that four physician and hospital organizations signed a contract to implement the insurance company's new value-based care model.
- September 30, 2015
This page will be updated throughout the day on Oct. 1 -- the ICD-10 implementation date -- to include tweets on how the coding update is going.
- September 24, 2015
The ICD-9 to ICD-10 transition has been a long time coming in the U.S. This guide examines the increase in codes and what providers did to prepare.
- September 09, 2015
On Oct. 1, the ICD-10 release date, four states' Medicaid programs will not be converting to ICD-10 codes, according to CMS. Everyone else, however, will.
- September 09, 2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tracks the yearly progress of Pioneer ACOs, and had good news to report from 2014.
- September 01, 2015
In this HIT Squad podcast, SearchHealthIT reporters discussed the benefits and problems of ICD-10 coding as seen by experts.
- August 14, 2015
Though it has been delayed twice already, some providers and physician organizations fear the industry isn't prepared for the coming ICD-10 deadline.
- August 11, 2015
Jeff Smith, public policy VP of the American Medical Informatics Association said informatics pros and health IT CIOs have some common interests.
- August 04, 2015
A new poll by physician social network SERMO shows that most doctors say they are not ready for ICD-10, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2015.
- June 12, 2015
The costs of the top 100 most frequently billed discharges were part of recently released Medicare payment data documenting the year 2013.
- May 08, 2015
In a podcast from the ATA annual meeting, ATA leaders expressed optimism because of telemedicine reimbursement.
- May 04, 2015
Albert Oriol, CIO of Rady's Children's Hospital, says the expansion of medical codes coming with ICD-10 should help produce more detailed data.
- April 10, 2015
Released just ahead of HIMSS 2015, ONC's report to Congress details how unnamed vendors and providers are curtailing EHR interoperability.
- March 23, 2015
More than 300 educational sessions -- including speeches, roundtable discussions and workshops -- await those attending HIMSS 2015.
- March 20, 2015
Although no curtain call is planned for meaningful use attestation, it sure looks like stage 3 reporting won't carry the oomph -- or rigidness -- of stage 2.
- February 24, 2015
A funding opportunity from the ONC and HHS will give out $28 million in awards, spread out among as many as 12 state HIEs.
- February 23, 2015
The ONC published a draft of its interoperability plan that delineates stages and targets for healthcare professionals to hit over the next decade.
- January 28, 2015
A proposed rule that adds to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and offers direction to accountable care organizations is open to public comment.
- January 16, 2015
OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels promises tough HIPAA audits in 2015 and says OCR will propose that harmed individuals get a percentage of civil fines.
- January 14, 2015
Healthcare providers that don't re-examine their level of HIPAA compliance could be caught off guard if they're subjected to a federal audit in 2015.
- January 14, 2015
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights will launch its first formal round of HIPAA audits. They will hit around 400 healthcare providers. Are they ready? Will they show compliance? What happens if they ...
- December 30, 2014
As of Jan. 1, 2015, 257,000 physicians who didn't meet meaningful use measures will have their Medicare reimbursements cut.
- November 13, 2014
Feedback from providers prompted CMS and ONC to cut them a break in meeting 2014 EHR certification standards.
- November 10, 2014
CIOs think needed changes to meaningful use may happen with a Republican Congress, but health IT advocates fear trouble with ONC in disarray.
- October 24, 2014
Karen DeSalvo's resignation as ONC director left Connected Health Symposium attendees speculating where the agency and health IT are heading.
- October 21, 2014
Ahead of CHIME's 2014 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, speakers dish to SearchHealthIT about what's keeping them up at night.
- September 26, 2014
Replacing Lygeia Ricciardi, who resigned last summer, incoming ONC Acting Director of Consumer eHealth Lana Moriarty talks patient engagement.
- September 02, 2014
SearchHealthIT survey results show varied responses, and measures the financial impact of delaying ICD-10 until 2015.
- September 02, 2014
Health information managers and a CMIO who looked at a SearchHealthIT-CHIME survey of more than 300 healthcare groups said the biggest surprise is the lack of ICD-10 readiness.
- August 20, 2014
CMS brings the Open Payments site back online after an ID mix-up involving physician data prompted a review; some data won't be made public pending further investigation.
- August 05, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services went live with a site that has materials to guide patients through every step of the care process, from researching to scheduling a visit to following up.
- July 28, 2014
State medical boards' varying policies, beholden to state legislatures, make telemedicine licensure a complicated science. At least for companies who want to extend practice beyond their home state.