Policy & Regulation Archive
Amid Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 10 launch on July 29, chief compliance officers and CIOs would be wise to review their BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies and overall security stance.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is making available more than $38 million in grants to 20 organizations in 19 states to increase the adoption and use of interoperable health IT tools and services that support the electronic exchange of health information.
Overall national healthcare spending is predicted to grow an average rate of 5.8 percent annually from 2014-2024, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The growing strategic importance of data in healthcare organizations is a key factor pushing them to pay more attention to information governance, according to results of a recent survey by the American Health Information Management Association.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and American Medical Association have jointly developed comprehensive guidance for physicians on new ICD-10 compliance flexibilities that both organizations agreed to in early July.
Pioneering public health departments across the country are exploring using non-clinical datasets such as census data to better plan their services, but a group of researchers at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute also believe combining such data with clinical data could be valuable for health delivery systems and accountable care organizations, as well as supply a value-add service for health information exchanges.
As chairman of the Senate health committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is at the epicenter of congressional efforts to delay Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. Speaking on Monday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, Alexander discussed the current state of electronic health records and potential legislative fixes.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft document aimed at healthcare information security, the first in a new series of guides intended to help enterprises and developers improve cybersecurity.
The electronic health records meaningful use program substantially increased the number of providers adopting the technology, and fostered an explosion in the past half-decade of buying additional ancillary systems to augment EHRs. But, what happened to the old servers, personal digital devices, pagers, copiers, fax machines, printers, floppies and disks, tape reels and other technologies that held protected health information and are no longer used?
With Anthems recently announced plans to buy Cigna for $48.4 billion, the American Medical Association is once again sounding the alarm about mergers and acquisitions in the health insurance industry, which the nations largest physician group says reduce competition and patient choice.
If the Obama administrations $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative is to succeed, policymakers must modernize the regulatory system to better enable big data analytics to be used in genomic research.
Federal lawmakers are noticing some dark clouds surrounding the electronic health records meaningful use program to prod providers to adopt EHRs. With rising recent struggles in the program, lawmakers may be poised to intervene to push back the programs third stage.
Legislative pressure to delay Meaningful Use Stage 3 appears to be gaining momentum in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, had breakfast yesterday morning with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in which he broached the issue.
Information blockingboth by providers and vendorsis preventing the sharing of patients electronic health records and dashing any hope of realizing true EHR interoperability, according to witnesses who testified during a Senate health committee hearing on Thursday.
Insurance firm Willis Group, which sells cyber risk insurance, is partnering with industry stakeholder coalition HITRUST to offer healthcare-specific cyber risk assessment services.