Policy & Regulation Archive
Two court rulings issued this week taking opposing views on the legality of subsidies granted to individuals who enroll in the public healthcare exchanges have the potential to further delay the employer mandate, say some legal experts.
Legal and regulatory barriers to developing evidence and communicating findings on treatments in real-world settings are interfering with the sharing of knowledge among providers, patients, and researchers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is warning against relying too heavily on clinical decision support (CDS) pop-up alerts when meeting meaningful use Stage 2 objectives.
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking ways to make behavioral health data easier to understand and use.
The American Medical Association appreciates a proposed rule easing some requirements of the electronic health records meaningful use program, but the rule offers too little relief and comes too late.
A recent survey of more than 18,500 physicians finds that 22 percent of them are opting out of or disregarding altogether the meaningful use electronic health records program.
An annual survey from The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large employers working to improve care quality and safety at lower costs, shows some impressive gains during the past year but also some worrisome backsliding.
As part of the Food and Drug Administrations recently launched openFDA initiative, the regulatory agency is for the first time offering an application programming interface providing web developers and researchers direct access to millions of reports on drug adverse events and medication errors that have been submitted to the FDA since 2004.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to learn if better understanding and use of school absentee information and school closures can help slow disease transmission during an influenza pandemic.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee continue to challenge the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technologys statutory authority to regulate HIT.
Health information technology, such as electronic health records, has the potential to dramatically improve patient safety. Nevertheless, a majority of healthcare organizations are not using EHRs to help track adverse events, and ones that are have their own health ITrelated safety risks.
Major shifts are taking place in the health care market which will lead to disruptive and constantly-moving changes, including private exchanges. Those that realize the change ahead and adapt to it will be the ones that are successful.
e-Care Nevada and the Nevada Hospital Association have begun aerial construction on the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth have released the first in an ongoing series of comprehensive reports based on the organizations' ACAView, a joint initiative that measures the impact of the Affordable Care Act on providers, patients, and physicians.
Though critical access hospitals are making substantial strides in adopting health IT and increasing their telehealth and health information exchange capabilities, they face significant challenges in implementing electronic health records due to a lack of resources and workflow and staffing barriers.