News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in January 2014
Public HIEs Failing, Poll Says
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Exchange leaders blame "flawed business model," offer strategies to help public information exchanges succeed going forward.
CCHIT Exits EHR Certification Business
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Top government-endorsed certifying body Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is losing money; will transition to advisory role to healthcare vendors and providers.
Federal IT Procurement Reform Proposed
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Lawmakers suggest adding Digital Government Office that would oversee IT acquisitions and prevent troubled projects such as HealthCare.gov.
Why Free Government Data Remains A Tough Sell
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Open government data holds great economic promise. But solving the technical hurdles addresses only part of the challenge of bringing the data to market.
What Patients Will Share To Improve Care
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Surveys show chronically ill patients and the general population are both willing to share personal information to help improve quality of care.
Feds Barking Up Wrong Tree On EHR Fraud?
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Most doctors copy and paste to save time, not overbill. But the practice can result in dangerous errors, says consultant.
Bill Gates Offers Microsoft 'Part-Time' Help
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Microsoft chairman negotiates CEO rumors while focusing on global poverty efforts.
Physician EHR Adoption Leaps 21% In 2013
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
Healthcare providers and EHR vendors are making strides toward updating systems to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2.
IMS Health: Pharma Companies Should Engage On Social Media
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
While many firms await regulatory guidance, patients are actively seeking health information online.
More Hospitals Buy Clinical Data Warehousing Apps
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Nearly half of all hospitals now have data repositories, says HIMSS Analytics. Buying plans for next five years include warehousing, patient portal, and radiology barcoding apps.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Healthcare.gov Still Insecure, Critics Tell House Panel
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
At Congressional hearing, critic who suggested in November site should be shut down says, "Nothing has changed."
MedAllies Goes National With Health Data Direct Messaging
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Direct secure messaging service lets healthcare providers exchange information about patients, regardless of what EHR software sends the message.
Athenahealth To Share EHR Data With Physicians Group
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
Athenahealth to send its data on quality care to American College of Physicians, helping customers achieve a Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirement for quality data sharing.
Fired HealthCare.gov Contractor CGI Won't Starve
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services replaces HealthCare.gov prime contractor CGI with Accenture. But CGI won't go hungry for Medicare contracts.
Feds Must Prioritize EHR Billing Fraud, Watchdogs Say
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
Medicare agency should provide better guidance to contractors on how to spot billing fraud, Inspector General says.
Obamacare: Separating Politics From Practicalities
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
The Affordable Care Act is President Obama's legacy, but it didn't start with his administration. While politicians can create gridlock, health IT pros must deal in reality and compromise.
Understanding The Updated EHR Donation Rules
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Regulators have extended a rule allowing hospitals to underwrite the cost of EHR software for affiliated practices, but with a few new wrinkles.
Clinical Decision Support Needs To Get Smarter
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires providers to use clinical decision support, but most hospitals and practices arenít even doing the bare minimum to obtain financial incentives.
HHS To Strengthen Enforcement Of HIPAA Transaction Rules
News  |  1/7/2014  | 
Health plans will have until the end of 2015 to get certified for compliance with HIPAA transaction operating rules.
5 Program Management Lessons From HealthCare.gov
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
Former NASA CIO Linda Cureton offers five ways agencies can manage IT programs more effectively in 2014.
Health IT Growing Rapidly Through 2017
News  |  1/6/2014  | 
Meaningful Use regulations among the factors that will drive 7.4% annual growth rate in North America, says new research report.
Minnesota Slams IBM On Health Insurance Exchange Woes
News  |  1/6/2014  | 
IBM sends additional resources to work on Minnesota's state-run MNsure website after Gov. Mark Dayton blames company for problems processing applications for health insurance.
Health IT Salaries Continue To Rise
News  |  1/3/2014  | 
The average healthcare IT professional's salary reaches six figures, with generous raises and bonuses. Interesting data points about demand emerge.
Healthcare Tech Leaders Share New Year's Resolutions
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Here's what health CIOs and other tech leaders plan to make happen in 2014.


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