Policy and Regulation

Policy and Regulation

Why Patients Embracing Health IT is a Good Thing

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Penalties Abound As Meaningful Use Winds Down

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that in the coming year, 2017, more than 171,000 providers will be the subject of a 3 percent negative adjustment in Medicare payments for “failing to meet requirements of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive program in 2015.” [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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AMA to Trump: We’re Here for You

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Project ECHO Telehealth Program Receives Support from Senate to Become a National Model

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Support, and Dissent, Grow for Potential HHS Head Dr. Tom Price

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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President-Elect Trump Positions His Healthcare Plans Despite Concerns

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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HHS’ Small Donation Meant to Curb Cybersecurity in Healthcare

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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MACRA: What is this Federal Payment Reform? Many Don’t Know

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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HHS Releases Rule Calling for Direct Review of Certified Health IT

HHS issues final rule to enhance the reliability, transparency, accountability, and safety of certified health information technology [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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National Patient Identifier Group Continues PR Campaign

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...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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