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 - PatrickConway

After multiple requests from a range of established organizations and newly created coalitions to relieve the burden of Meaningful Use, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs beginning in 2015.

 - Howard M. Landa, MD

After many assurances over the past year that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) want to relieve some of the regulatory burden providers face, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) this week announced an aggressive plan to move to pay-for-performance rather than volume.

 - telemedicine

The draft proposal from House Energy and Commerce Committee--the 21st Century Cures initiative, released Jan. 27--includes telehealth policies but the American Hospital Association (AHA) is pushing for more.

 - Congress

The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce has released a 393-page draft document, called the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains a wide array of provisions that seek to advance medicine—including those directly related to health IT.

 - U.S. Congress

Congressional leaders convened on Jan. 27 for an initial discussion exploring the need for federal data breach legislation.