ARRA/HITECH

ONC Doles Out $38M to Help with Interoperability, Population Health

July 28, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced that it is awarding $38 million in funding to 20 entities to help build on three health IT programs centered on interoperability, population health, and workforce...

AHRQ to Fund Clinical Decision Support Learning Network

July 13, 2015   |  David Raths
article
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) plans to launch an initiative to disseminate and implement patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings through clinical decision support (CDS) at the point of care.

With Core Shifts in Medical Practice Patterns Coming, Time for Healthcare Informaticists to Gear Up

July 10, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
Current trends in medical practice patterns and in the world of organized medicine speak to the challenges facing healthcare informaticists going forward

BREAKING: President Obama Nominates Andy Slavitt to Permanent CMS Administrator Post

July 9, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
news
On Thursday, July 9, President Obama asked the U.S. Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt, who has been serving as Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as permanent Administrator of that agency

CMS Proposes First Update to Physician Fee Schedule Since SGR Repeal

July 9, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
On July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Obstacles Ahead: One OB/Gyn’s Skeptical Views on Healthcare Reform

June 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
As a result of the federal government’s push towards a value-based healthcare system, providers are being pushed to be part of alternative payment models such as ACOs. Nonetheless, research shows that physicians remain uncertain about the structure and...

Washington Debrief: ONC’s Funding Maintained at Same Level in FY2016

June 29, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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The House and Senate both put forth appropriations bills that maintained ONC’s current funding level through FY2016, approximately $60.4 million. The bills also maintained the prohibition of a national health identifier.

Time to Apply Pressure for Hemodynamic Standards

June 26, 2015   |  Joe Marion
blog
It's time to apply pressure on vendors and standards agencies to create a standard for hemodynamic system interoperability.

ONC’s Michael McCoy, M.D. at AMDIS: Information-Blocking for Proprietary Reasons Is “Just Wrong”

June 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
Health information blocking was a highlighted subject of the presentation given by ONC chief health information officer Michael McCoy, M.D. June 24 at the annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium

Are We Getting Closer to the Top of the HIE Mountain?

June 23, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
blog
Sometimes in life, it takes a really long time to see tangible results for the efforts that we have put in. This couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to health information exchanges (HIEs). However, as new HIE research indicates, we could be getting closer.

Centers of Excellence to Study Dissemination of Evidence-Based Care Practices

June 22, 2015   |  David Raths
article
With its own future put in doubt by proposed budget legislation in Congress, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently announced three grants totaling $52 million to create centers of excellence to study how high-performing health care systems...

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Examines User Experience with EHRs

June 22, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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Last week, a Senate HELP Committee hearing discussed user experiences with EHRs and the meaningful use program. Committee members heard concerns about quality reporting duplication, physician time restraints and the variability in standards implementation...
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