Policy & Regulation Archive
Health IT is just beginning to show success in the exchange of health information, but clarity, standards and practical solutions remain as the major issues standing in the way of interoperability, said National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., during the closing keynote at HIMSS15.
For the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has instituted star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agencys public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and assess the quality of care. However, just 251 U.S. hospitals received the highest score on the new CMS five-star rating system for quality of care and patient experience.
To promote community health, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is making available $1 million in grants to enable communities to work collaboratively to identify opportunities to support and extend the use of secure, interoperable health IT tools and health information exchange services.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., told reporters at HIMSS15 this week that interoperability remains ONCs top priority and that the development of its draft nationwide Interoperability Roadmap has been an all-hands-on-deck effort in partnership with the private sector.
Weve only scratched the service on using technology to improve care, access and quality, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday at HIMSS15, and to continue along that path three main actions need to be accomplished.
A proposed federal rule setting Medicare FY 2016 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities sets no requirements nor offers substantial help for these critical partners in care coordination to adopt electronic health records and health information exchange technologies.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technologys plan to establish a $5 million Health IT Safety Center remains up in the air due to Congress refusal to authorize funds for the center.
The new chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says that she is always trying to look ahead and understand where technology is going and what it means for privacy and security.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights is on track to increase the number of HIPAA violation investigations starting in 2015 and to be prepared providers need to focus on risk analysis, privacy safeguards and training.
To address the challenges in healthcare today, more innovation then ever is needed along with fresh ways of thinking, a top public health IT official said Monday, and there is a real potential for the government to be a positive force in this change.
The federal government has issued updated HIPAA privacy and security guidance to reflect an accelerated move to interoperable exchange of protected health information.
The nations largest physician organization has unveiled its plan to help doctors implement the changes required to unlock innovation and promote the adoption of new health information technologies.
The I in CIO will stand for many different things in the years ahead, as much more will be required of chief information officers.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has sent a report to Congress detailing how electronic health information blocking is interfering with the exchange and use of information to improve outcomes, as well as strategies to address the problem.
The Food and Drug Administration is fast-tracking qualifying medical devices to patients with life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating conditions that lack treatment and diagnostic options.