Policy & Regulation Archive
The expected increase in demand for healthcare services will rise only slightly once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented but in areas with already high demand, providers will need to innovate with technology and business reorganization.
The Food and Drug Administration is sending mixed messages regarding the recent release of final guidance stating that it does not intend to enforce compliance with regulatory controls for medical device data systems (MDDS) and whether product manufacturers should in fact comply.
While the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has taken some steps to disseminate comparative clinical effectiveness research, as required under the Affordable Care Act, it has not taken other actions to help fully address dissemination requirements.
The Supreme Court today will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, the highly anticipated case challenging the legality of subsidies available for individuals purchasing health insurance on the federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Organizations of all types and sizes recognize they must improve their information governance capabilitiesand they must do so soon. They are already dealing with too much information, but data collection rates continue to accelerate, further increasing the cost and complexity burden on IT while raising legal, compliance and security concerns throughout the organization.
Many stakeholders have worked hard, and with the ICD-10 finish line in sight, theyre looking for tools or policies to make remaining preparations easier and maintain cash flow.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has released a new whitepaper providing small physician practices with guidance for ICD-10 testing.
Health insurer Anthem Inc. has begun offering two free years of identity repair and credit monitoring services, including a $1 million identity theft insurance policy, for up to an estimated 80 million individuals affected by its huge data breach from a hacking attack.
Heeding warnings from healthcare providers, pharmacists and patient advocates, both houses of the New York State legislature have passed bills delaying the onset of mandated e-prescribing for one year.
In a congressional committee hearing on Thursday, Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Healthcare.gov, was repeatedly grilled by members of Congress for details on enrollments, tax data and coverage for immigrants, but failed to provide answers to many questions asked.
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, has called into question the Office of the National Coordinator for Health ITs authority over health information exchange governance.
Testifying before a U.S. House subcommittee on Feb. 26, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell advocated for President Obamas new Precision Medicine Initiative and a big funding boost for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The Utah State Senate on a 27-0 vote has passed legislation to require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before accessing the states controlled substance database.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that providers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies for the most part successfully participated in the first ICD-10 end-to-end testing week.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a new deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.