Health practitioners have plenty to deal with now and in the coming year, too many things to list here including changes to Meaningful Use and other federal regulation, technology changes and even how they continue to engage with patients, obviously. [cont...]
Policy and Regulation
Policy and Regulation
The American Medical Association continues to get political. Following the 2016 presidential election in November and the subsequent news that businessman Donald Trump had won the election, the AMA is already reaching out to, at least through the Internet and social media, the president-elect. [cont...]
Telehealth proponents continue to rejoice as the US Senate in late November 2016 approved the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. The program was developed as a model out of the University of New Mexico, which will now become the national model for such expansion for peoples in remote and underserved regions.
The five-year-old “Project ECHO” (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) begins an expansion effort for telehealth that provide education and collaboration opportunities for healthcare providers in hard-to-reach areas. [cont...]
Depending on your political stance, the Donald Trump presidential cabinet is beginning to take shape and there are appointees who excite as well as shock. For healthcare folks, the recent announcement from the president-elect about Dr. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican congressman, being appointed to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, is joyous for some and terrifying for others. [cont...]
Businessman Donald J. Trump did something no one expected of him: He became President-elect Donald J. Trump.
For most of the world, Trump’s win was a shock. Now he’s going about his time building a cabinet, setting forth his presidential agenda and making plants for what he hopes to accomplish in the next four years. [cont...]
It’s a nice gesture – it’s the thought that counts they say – but the recent effort by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to invest an insubstantial amount of just $350,000 to help organizations prevent cybersecurity threats is mere pittance of what the problem really is. [cont...]
Nearly nine in 10 respondents to a Medscape survey said that they either have not heard of, don’t know a lot about, or know a little bit about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). [cont...]
HHS issues final rule to enhance the reliability, transparency, accountability, and safety of certified health information technology [cont...]
The national patient identifier argument debate does not abate and for more than 20 healthcare organizations, that’s good news. It’s likely because of these organizations that patient identifier headlines actually continue to get made. [cont...]
By now you have likely heard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule with comment period that details the major points of the new physician payment system required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). In a nutshell, here’s what that rule does: repeals the Medicare sustainable growth rate methodology for updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule, and requires CMS to establish a new physician quality and value-based payment program – the Quality Payment Program – to start in January 2019. [cont...]