News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in April 2011
ACO Rules Limit Patient Telehealth Options
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association wants HHS to waive five Medicare restrictions on telehealth payments.
Guerra on Healthcare: MU Debate On Lab Reporting
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Some members of the Meaningful Use Workgroup question the need for office labs to keep public health agencies in the loop on diseases and lab data.
Congress To Question White House On Digital Communications
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
A House committee will consider whether social-networking communications of White House staffers should be preserved according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Feds Seek IT Ideas From Private Sector
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has called a meeting with business CIOs to identify emerging tech trends, with a goal of helping federal agencies begin planning now for what comes next.
IT Support Of Healthcare Quality Key To Reform
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Philip Bredesen, former Tennessee governor and national e-health alliance co-chair, remains frustrated with the slow pace of change in the industry.
Does Vermont Prescriber ID Law Violate Free Speech?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
The Supreme Court might not even be hearing the case if the state's ban on using a doctor's prescription records for marketing purposes were written as "opt-out" rather than "opt-in."
Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Upgrade Customer Service
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Executive Order requires federal agencies to develop plans to leverage technology to improve their customer service capabilities.
Supreme Court To Hear Doctor Pharmacy Data Case
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Data collection firms are challenging a Vermont law limiting use of doctors' prescription records for targeted marketing programs by drug companies.
Healthcare Providers Voice Gripes At EHR Usability Hearing
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
The federal Health IT Policy Committee's Adoption/Certification Workgroup became a sounding board for doctors frustrated with complicated electronic health record software.
CHIME Seeks Refinements In Stage 1 MU Compliance
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Unreasonable expectations from ONC on Meaningful Use guidelines may discourage widespread adoption of EHRs.
Federal Telework Guidelines Released
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
The Office of Personnel Management has set up policies and instructed several agencies to collaborate on security policies around teleworking.
Medicare Opens EHR 'Meaningful Use' Attestation
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Healthcare providers can now begin the process of qualifying for federal electronic health record incentive payments.
Guerra On Healthcare: Health IT Committee Missing Focus
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
The latest Policy Committee meeting suggests that the debate on Stage 2 meaningful use could go on forever.
Supreme Court Hears Microsoft's Plea For New Patent Rules
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Reversal of i4i verdict could make it easier for big software companies to defend themselves against patent trolls—but some believe a Redmond victory would also stifle innovation.
AT&T Rebuts Attacks By Sprint CEO
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Sprint chief Dan Hesse, a foe of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, said "wireless innovation will be jeopardized" by the deal.
Patient Safety Initiative To Leverage Health IT
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
The $1 billion federal Partnership for Patients initiative aims to cut $35 billion in healthcare costs, save 60,000 lives, and decrease hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by 2013.
Internet Poker Sites Seized For Fraud
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
The government claims the defendants schemed to conceal gambling revenue through deceit and bribery.
Government Technologist: Cloud Computing's Hard Realities Set In
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
It's becoming apparent that cloud computing isn't as easy as it sounds.
Meaningful Use Quality Reporting Haunts CIOs
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
Capturing and submitting data to CMS directly from an EHR remains a big concern, according to a recent CHIME survey.
Healthcare Providers Find Options Narrowed For Meaningful Use
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
Exemptions in the electronic health record incentives program may not be available to some providers, depending on how prepared their state is for accepting data.
Feds Scramble To Save Key IT Programs
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
Budget compromise being voted on Thursday would slash funding for transparency and IT efficiency efforts, but bipartisan group of Senators pushes to keep the IT Dashboard, IT project reviews alive.
AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Faces Pushback
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Congress should take a long and hard look at AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of rival T-Mobile, the publishers of Consumer Reports urged.
Government Culture Blamed For Slow Federal IT Reform
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra and other federal IT leaders said duplicative systems and poor program management persist as feds work on 25-point reform plan.
ONC Employs Social Media For Input On Strategy
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan proposed revisions are available for public comment on the Health IT Buzz blog maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Doctor Practice Uses BI Tools To Improve Care
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Southeast Texas Medical Associates has employed IBM business intelligence software to analyze patient care and reduce hospital readmissions.
HHS Pushes Private Sector To Fix Healthcare Problems
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Federal health IT official says government's job is to lay the foundation for business innovations that will reduce waste and improve public health.
House Rejects FCC Net Neutrality Rules
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
President Obama has threatened to veto legislation overturning the agency's ability to regulate broadband Internet traffic.
NTIA Tool Helps IPv6 Transition
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's IPv6 Readiness Tool is aimed at helping businesses move to the next-generation Web standard.
Google ITA Deal Wins Conditional DOJ Approval
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
The Justice Department wants rules to ensure that Google will continue to invest in ITA's software and license the apps in a non-discriminatory fashion.
Federal IT Operations Plan For Government Shutdown
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
The Office of Management and Budget issued operational guidelines covering the IT operations and websites of federal departments and agencies if a government shutdown takes place.
Report Blasts Problem-Plagued Cancer Research Grid
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
$350 million caBIG technology program is too complex and its business model is unsustainable, says National Cancer Institute working group.
Federal Shutdown Could Delay IT Projects
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
Project schedules could be delayed and production shut down if the government closes for business, according to Lockheed Martin.
Frustration Flares In ONC's Meaningful Use Workgroup Debate
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
Health IT policy committee members can't agree on how to provide patients with access to hospital data.
Verizon, Medfx Pilot Health Information Exchange
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Virginia test integrates federal Direct Project protocols and Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange standards to create secure, two-way exchange of patient health information.
CDC Sees EHRs As Public Health 'Game Changer'
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Health information exchanges and electronic health records will advance the ability of doctors, hospitals, and federal health officials to identify, monitor, and communicate disease outbreaks, says the agency's IT chief.
Five Leading Healthcare Organizations To Exchange Patient Data
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Health, and Group Health Collaborative form new consortium to share patient e-health records on-demand and serve as a national model for data interoperability.
Google May Face U.S. Antitrust Probe
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
The Federal Trade Commission could be the latest agency to investigate the search leader, which has already come under scrutiny in Texas and in the EU.
GE Healthcare Intros Clinical Research Management Solution
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Centricity Research will support clinical trial billing compliance and drive better administration of treatment plans, processes, and protocols, said GE.
Lawson Offers Analytics Tools For Healthcare Organizations
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
Supply chain and staffing are among the operational areas that Lawson Analytics for Healthcare may help providers gain insight and identify potential cost savings.
VA Advances Plans For Open Source EHR System
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a draft request for proposals to help transform its VistA electronic health record system.
Guerra On Healthcare: In Meaningful Use, Knowledge Is Power
Commentary  |  4/4/2011  | 
The key to success in today's ever-changing healthcare policy environment is to gather information wisely and selectively from a wide range of sources.
GAO Critical Of H-1B Visa Program
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
A Government Accountability Office report indicates that a small number of companies reap the most benefit from the foreign worker program and U.S. worker protections have eroded.
HHS Proposes Accountable Care Organization Rules
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
The agency is seeking public comment on the regulations, which seek to align reporting requirements between the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.
Health IT Advisers Blast Data Exchange Policies
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
A federal workgroup said that data element access services provisions are "fundamentally flawed," pose privacy challenges.

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