Regulatory

AMIA presses FCC on broadband access as a health issue May 25, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Informatics group tells the federal agency that robust internet access is key to ensuring everyone benefits from advances in health IT.
Numbers of uninsured would increase by 23M under AHCA, CBO says May 25, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
In 2026, an estimated 51M people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared to 28M who would lack insurance under current law.
Economists propose paying physicians salary over fee-for-service method to avoid conflicts of interest May 19, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
Fee-for-service compensation arrangements, they propose, create incentives for physicians to order more services than are best for patients.
Experts split on whether quality reporting enhances or detracts from patient care May 19, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
David R. Scrase, MD, says quality reporting made him a better physician; David L. Hahn, MD, said it adds to physician burnout.
Economists propose paying physicians salary over fee-for-service method to avoid conflicts of interest May 11, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
Fee-for-service compensation arrangements, they propose, create incentives for physicians to order more services than are best for patients.
Experts split on whether quality reporting enhances or detracts from patient care May 11, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
David R. Scrase, MD, says quality reporting made him a better physician; David L. Hahn, MD, said it adds to physician burnout.
More states reimburse for telemedicine under Medicaid than you think May 02, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
A new report found an uptick in state's practices for live video consults, store-and-forward and remote monitoring services.
CMS launches long-promised repository for public health, clinical data registry info May 02, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
Public health, clinical data or specialized registry electronic reporting options intended to help with meaningful use requirements.
Health IT important, but too burdensome for doctors, Tom Price says May 02, 2017 | Henry Powderly - Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Finance
The HHS secretary said interoperability is needed, but pledged his office will take a "60,000-foot" view.
Healthcare IT News readers largely booed Trump's choice of appointees, communication by HHS and his attempt at replacing Obamacare.
Controversial proposal by the Health and Human Services Department drew letters from 4,000 organizations, individuals in 20-day comment period.
FBI advice: Respect info security fundamentals … or else April 17, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
Cyber division agent says healthcare organizations should make use of the FBI to better prepare them to ward off cyberattacks.
HIMSS pushes Tom Price to delay 2015-edition EHR deadline April 17, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
Organization asks HHS to move the deadline from Jan. 1, 2018, to July 1, 2018, to account for government delay in releasing final specs.
Dubbed 'Operation Avalanche,' alleged fraud ring involved three Brooklyn clinics, illegal oxycodone prescriptions, fraudulent Medicare claims.
ONC updates SAFER guides, outline best practices for EHR configuration April 03, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
In addition to checklists and templates to help improve quality and safety, the new guides offer tips on prevention and mitigation of ransomware.
California doctors have long decried California's Medi-Cal rates, which are lower than those of Medicaid programs in 45 other states, D.C.
Donald Rucker named new national coordinator at ONC April 03, 2017 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Rucker's name on Friday was listed in the HHS directory, but officials would not confirm the appointment.
Late move to dump essential benefits could strand chronically ill March 24, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Doing away with essential benefits could potentially take Americans back to the time before the Affordable Care Act, when insurers avoided expensive patients by denying them coverage.
Cholesterol drug Repatha prevents heart attacks but is it too expensive? March 17, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
While some doctors are celebrating the medication as a major achievement against heart disease, others said they expect more from a drug that costs $14,000 per year.
Trump's budget proposal takes $15 billion from HHS March 17, 2017 | Henry Powderly - Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Finance
The president's proposal would move AHRQ into the NIH, cut $4.2 billion from LIHEAP, but add $500 million to support substance abuse programs.

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