House Energy and Commerce Committee members Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Congressman Billy Long (R-Mo.) introduced the HHS Data Protection Act which would establish the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and elevate the position out from under the CIO.
The American Medical Association has voiced its support for the proposed rule that establishes a simpler, less burdensome quality payment program and announced "new online information and resources to help physicians navigate the changing landscape," according to the group's president, Steven J. Stack, MD.
The federal government is working to implement a payment program that is "more flexible, outcome-oriented and less burdensome," according to a blog post written by National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, and Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) latest proposed rule would implement a unified framework called the Quality Payment Program, which essentially replaces the Meaningful Use program.
Mayo Clinic is calling its Epic implementation "Plummer" in an homage to Henry Plummer, MD, who is credited with forming the core unified medical record infrastructure of the organization, reports The Post-Bulletin.