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Privacy and Security, and Building Patient Trust

Earlier this year, ONC published an updated “Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information” to help healthcare providers and ambulatory practices understand existing federal law on protected health information (PHI).   407 more words

Public Policy And Health IT

The DOD EHR Contract, Federal Funding for State HIE Networks, Flex-IT Act 2, and Other Health IT Policy Updates

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded its estimated $9 million EHR technology modernization contract to Cerner/Leidos/ Accenture. The other two competing groups were Epic/IBM and Allscripts/Computer Sciences Corp/Hewlett-Packard. 272 more words


ONC Releases the Health IT Safety Center Roadmap

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently released a contractor-developed “Health IT Safety Center Roadmap.” This policy document by RTI, International provides a vision of the possible future scope and responsibilities of the Health IT Safety Center. 207 more words


EHR adoption by home health agencies may soon be 'essential'

From FierceEMR, 7/7/15:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has once again signaled its intent to use its payment rules to spur adoption of electronic health records, this time in its proposed rule for 2016 home health prospective payment system. 101 more words


National Physician Associations Share Meaningful Use Concerns

The American College of Radiology (ACR) government relations staff participated in an American Medical Association (AMA)-hosted meeting of the national specialty societies regarding the future of the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program on June 24, 2015. 223 more words


Interoperability dominates as major theme of LTC tech conference

From McKnight’s Long Term Care News, 6/22/15:

Bundled payments, data assessment and standardization and changing payment models dominated the first full day of the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit in Baltimore. 106 more words

CMS IT Policy