The highly regulated health care industry must contend with an ever-changing array of mandates from the state and federal governments. In this section, stories cover a broad range of laws that affect privacy and security of health information, the use of medical devices, and initiatives requiring data reporting for quality purposes. In addition, health care reform topics such as accountable care organizations and health insurance exchanges are covered here.
How soon are valuable-based payments going to start replacing traditional Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements? Very soon.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first set of mobile medical apps that allow diabetics to automatically and securely share data from a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with caregivers in real-time via an Apple mobile device.
Patch managementidentifying known vulnerabilities in information systems and fixing them with specific patches from vendorsis an obvious component of a healthcare information security strategy.
But is patch management a regularly scheduled component of the strategy?
To help consumers quickly identify differences in healthcare quality and performance data, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added star ratings to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a technology policy advocacy group, says it has confirmed that the federal government's healthcare.gov insurance exchange site is sharing personal data, including ZIP code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status, and more, with at least 14 third parties.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced that Michael McCoy, M.D., will become ONCs first chief health information officer, effective Jan. 26.
In a case that may have far-reaching consequences for mobile app developers, the Federal Trade Commission has told a Texas company it must stop making unsubstantiated claims that their computer game permanently improves childrens focus, memory, attention, behavior, and school performance, including for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start conducting fingerprint-based background checks on owners of durable medical equipment, home health and hospice contractors who submit claims to Medicare.
President Obamas proposed legislative language to improve the nations cybersecurity does not require companies to harden their information networks.
Legislative language the White House has sent to Congress for consideration is an attempt to set the ground rules for making it easier for industries across the nation to share cyber threat information.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two draft guidance documents outlining its current thinking about low-risk devices intended to promote general wellness as well as the regulatory agencys risk classification approach to medical device accessories.
Marilyn Tavenner, head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the agency largely behind the rollout of the Affordable Care Act plans to step down at the end of February, she told her staff in an e-mail Friday.
Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums grew more slowly in 31 states and the District of Columbia between 2010 and 2013, following passage of the Affordable Care Act. But because wages have grown even more slowly over this period, average annual premiumsincluding both the employer and employee contributionsby 2013 represented 20 percent or more of household income in 37 states, compared to just two states in 2003.
Next week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold two days of hearings in an effort to find a permanent solution to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Its also possible that this years congressional SGR fix could include a further ICD-10 delay.
Proposed legislation the White House is sending to Congress to fight cyber attacks includes more protections for consumers than new requirements on companies to better protect the data that they hold. But one of the new requirements would appear to compel a major change in the HIPAA breach notification rule.