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May 24, 2017 | Policy
Under President Donald Trump's proposed budget, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will lose $22 million in funding. The 36 percent reduction cuts the $60 million for ONC to $38 million in 2018.
May 09, 2017 | Policy
The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has released, "State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies," its fifth annual report analyzing all 50 states and the District of Columbia’s Medicaid provider manuals, state laws and telehealth regulations. 
May 08, 2017 | Policy
Six U.S. Senators have introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that aims to extend telehealth services to Medicare patients to improve access and outcomes while reducing costs.
Apr 17, 2017 | Policy
Having a checklist for chores or exercise goals help in lining up what needs to be completed and the same should go for safety in hospitals. A recent study, set to be published in August in the Annals of Surgery, found that having a safety checklist program implemented in hospitals in South Carolina reduced post-surgical deaths by 22 percent. 
Apr 07, 2017 | Policy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) for the treatment of hepatitis C in pediatric patients, ages 12 to 17.
Mar 31, 2017 | Policy
According to a recent string of tweets, Donald Rucker, who served as CMO of Siemens Healthcare for 13 years, will head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Mar 22, 2017 | Policy
President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) includes a doubling of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees, putting added strain on small digital health businesses.
Mar 22, 2017 | Policy
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed it will investigate the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Orphan Drug program following a letter from senators citing possible exploitation.
Mar 16, 2017 | Policy
Included in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 is a big increase in what the medical device and pharmaceutical industries would pay the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cover the costs of reviewing their products.
Mar 14, 2017 | Policy
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has released a brief of guidelines for health information management professionals and clinicians on improving inclusion for patients in the LGBTQ community, covering multiple sexual orientations and gender identities.
Mar 02, 2017 | Policy
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has released its External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit to assist organizations in preparing for the upcoming Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Phase 2 audits. The toolkit includes Phase 2 aspects for covered entities, business associates and includes tips in meeting responsibilities.
Feb 20, 2017 | Policy
In healthcare, social media is a much more serious affair than a few tweets and Instagram posts. The governance of such activity in healthcare is crucial in the protection of patient data and compliance with HIPAA. Nelly Jacobo, director of digital strategy at Cedars-Sinai, and Melody Smith Jones, manager of Connected Health at Perficient, discussed the four pillars of social media governance at HIMSS 2017.
Feb 17, 2017 | Policy
Technology is prone to breaking from time to time but when the technology within a medical device fails, lives are at risk. Parker Waichman LLP, a law firm protecting patients injured by medical devices, have commented on the safety concerns involving morcellators and duodenoscopes. These comments ask regulators to enforce reporting of medical devices injuries.
Feb 15, 2017 | Policy
SpectraMedix, a company specializing in transitioning hospitals to to value-based payment models, has developed a national advisory council dealing with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This council, made up of healthcare policy and IT experts, will assist the industry implement Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) tracks.
Jan 31, 2017 | Policy
HHS has appointed Christopher Wlaschin, a retired Navy commander, as its new chief information security officer.
Jan 31, 2017 | Policy
HIMSS has once again put together a great selection of keynote speakers, educational sessions and exhibitors for HIMSS17 in Orlando, Fla. As I looked over the full schedule, which is available right here, I noticed that the conference will rightly be focusing on one of the biggest topics in healthcare: enterprise imaging. 
Jan 20, 2017 | Policy
A surgeon from Loyola Medicine has improved the 2016 guidelines for preventing surgical site infections (SSI) for the 300,000 patients in the United States affected each year.
Jan 11, 2017 | Policy
The Joint Commission, working with CMS, has released a list of clarifying recommendations in response to the use of text messaging for patient care orders.
Jan 03, 2017 | Policy
A topic article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) examines changing regulations on physicians and healthcare facilities. The move to a system of evaluation and ratings leaves the article's authors afraid that some might fear a one-star review as much as treating a patient incorrectly.
Dec 13, 2016 | Policy
Aura Labs has agreed to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) relating to its Instant Blood Pressure (IBP) mobile application, which came under fire for claims that is was as effective as a conventional blood pressure cuff.