Policy & Regulation Archive
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today announced its intent to issue a new rule this spring to shorten the Meaningful Use reporting period in 2015 to 90 days for providers under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has released an initial discussion document outlining proposals of its 21st Century Cures initiative to accelerate development and delivery of promising treatments, as well as streamline clinical trials and modernize medical product regulation.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced that Thomas Mason, M.D., will be joining ONC as its new Chief Medical Officer, effective February 23.
The Affordable Care Acts coverage provisions are now estimated to cost the government 20% less than originally estimated for the five-year period ending 2019, according to updated analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation. The costs primarily come from spending for subsidies that are provided through the exchanges and an increase in spending for Medicaid.
One of the objectives to demonstrate data exchange within Stage 2 of the electronic health records program is the ability to exchange a summary of care record with a provider using a different EHR, or proving you can do exchange by sending the record to one of two CMS test EHRs.
While the growth of Internet-connected medical devices and wearable fitness products can potentially improve health outcomes, the technology also raises serious privacy and security concerns that could undermine consumer confidence.
Congress held its first hearing on President Obamas proposal for a national breach notification standard on January 27. Testimony primarily from retail and technology trade associations supported much of the plan, but support was lacking for the provision to notify individuals within 30 days of discovering a breach.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is asking state lawmakers to significantly enhance consumer data security laws.
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.