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AMA/RAND Study on Factors Affecting Physician Satisfaction

The results of a study commisioned by the American Medical Association and put out by the RAND Corporation on factors affecting physician performance, were released October 9, 2013.  The study... Read More >

ONC Releases New Online Tools on Meaningful Consent

HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released online tools to allow health care providers and Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations to... Read More >

ONC's HIT Policy Committee Examines Possible Goals for Meaningful Use Stage 3

The HIT Policy Committee has started to explore possible goals of Meaningful Use Stage 3.  The Committee has laid out 6 possible goals, including: 1.  Improving quality of care and safety 2... Read More >

CMS/ONC to Hold Joint Webinar on Accelerating Health Information Exchange

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will hold a webinar on the overall strategy to make health... Read More >

ONC Issues Progress Report to Congress on the Adoption of EHRs and the Meaningful Use Program

The Office for the National Coordinator of Health IT issued a progress report to Congress as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  The... Read More >

HHS Publishes Proposed Rule Regarding Privacy and Breach of Health Information in the Health Insurance Exchanges

The Department of Health and Human Services published on June 19, 2013, a proposed rule requiring health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act to report privacy and security... Read More >

Senators Introduce Bill to Provide the Public Free Access to Medicare Claims Data

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced the Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act (Medicare DATA Act, S. 1180) on June 18, 2013.  The law... Read More >

CMS Releases Charge Data for Common Inpatient Services and Specific Outpatient Procedures for Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released in May the average charges for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient procedures, demonstrating the wide variation in hospital charges... Read More >

Federal Judge Lifts 33-Year Ban on CMS Disclosure of Physician Reimbursement Data

A long-standing Federal court injunction that prohibited CMS from releasing physician reimbursement data has been dismissed.  On May 31, 2013, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle... Read More >

HHS Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Health Information Exchange

The Department of Health and Human Services has released its "Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange."  The purpose of the framework is to provide a common... Read More >