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ONC looking to expand oversight powers of EHR vendors

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) filed a notice of proposed rule making on March 2, 2016. This proposed rule includes new requirements... Read More >

SCOTUS sides against state of VT in data sharing case

On March 1, 2015, the Supreme Court sided in a 6-2 decision against the state of Vermont and with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., a self-funded insurer. The state of Vermont argued that it needed data... Read More >

HHS announces Interoperability Pledge amongst HIT developers

On February 29, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Obama administration announced that the nation's top developers of health information technology systems have... Read More >

HHS posts new FAQs on Access Guidance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted new frequently asked questions regarding access guidance and an individual's right under HIPAA to access health information. The questions and... Read More >

OCR Posts Guidance for Health App Use Scenarios

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) posted new guidance on the mHealth Developer Portal showing situations where the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations may apply to... Read More >

SAMHSA proposes changes to 42 CFR Part 2

On February 5, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of... Read More >

EHR Meaningful Use Program to be Replaced in 2016

At the J.P. Morgan Annual Health Care Conference on January 11, 2016, Andy Slavitt, the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Electronic... Read More >

FTC Releases Big Data Report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the report Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues on January 11, 2016. The report highlights the often... Read More >

BPC releases brief titled Improving Health Through Interoperability and Information Sharing

On December 8, 2015 the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a brief titled Improving Health Through Interoperability and Information Sharing. The HITECH Act of 2009 brought forth $30 billion in... Read More >

Despite AMA protests, CMS posts new quality data for physicians

Despite protests from the American Medical Association (AMA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new performance scores for about 60% of compliant physicians. Results were... Read More >