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HHS publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking input on updates to the Common Rule

On September 8, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking input on potential updates to the Common Rule. The Common Rule,... Read More >

TX Governor Greg Abbott signs "Ken's Bill" in an effort to promote improved health data interoperability

On June 19, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed "Ken's Bill" (HB 2641) into law in an effort to promote improved and expanded interoperable health data exchange in accordance with national data... Read More >

CMS Finalizes Rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program

On June 4, 2015, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule updating the terms of payment of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) that participate in the Medicare... Read More >

CMS Allows Private Sector to Access Data

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that private and commercial sector researchers will soon be able to access CMS data stores. Originally, CMS... Read More >

CMS Releases New Billing Information About 2013 Medicare Payments to Physicians and Hospitals

On June 01, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted 2013 Medicare utilization and payment data for hospitals (inpatient and outpatient) and physicians and other suppliers.... Read More >

Senate passes legislation to repeal the SGR

On April 14, 2015, the Senate passed legislation to eliminate the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR). SGR was a mechanism created to restrict spending growth in Medicare Part B. Through... Read More >

Report suggests community health center data reporting to be insufficient from electronic health records, reimbursements may be affected

The Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative, based at Milken Institute School of Public Health released a report suggesting that data collected from community health... Read More >

ONC updates the Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information

On April 13, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) revised and updated the Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. Created to... Read More >

ONC Releases Report to Congress on Health Information Blocking

After an influx of complaints received regarding health information blocking, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) delivered a report to Congress outlining... Read More >

CMS Releases Stage 3 Proposed Rule

On March 20, 2015, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. Beginning in 2017, it will be the final stage of meaningful use. It... Read More >