December 1, 2016 - The House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority of 392 to 26. In a statement made by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the bill was touted as a game-changer for patients and integral for healthcare innovation. “The real winners today are American families whose lives stand...
November 29, 2016 - The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: The House of Representative has since voted in favor of the bill, which now awaits Senate approval. Notably, the legislation refers to EHR use as a part of its efforts toward assisting...
November 18, 2016 - Health IT use and data exchange are top challenges for HHS in the upcoming year, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. The annual report, which names the top management and performance issues the agency will face in 2017, states that healthcare experts still have several challenges to overcome concerning health IT use. “Health IT, including electronic health...
November 16, 2016 - The American Hospital Association is throwing its weight behind the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act, which would reduce reporting requirements and allow greater flexibility for eligible clinicians and hospitals in meaningful use. In a letter addressed to the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and House Energy and Commerce Committees, AHA’s Executive Vice President Thomas...
On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). However, reliance on these facts and figures can be...
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