Policy

The Joint Commission, working with CMS, has released a list of clarifying recommendations in response to the use of text messaging for patient care orders.

A topic article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) examines changing regulations on physicians and healthcare facilities. The move to a system of evaluation and ratings leaves the article's authors afraid that some might fear a one-star review as much as treating a patient incorrectly.

The FDA has issued a release that details ways to improve access to hearing aids for the 30 million Americans currently suffering from hearing loss. The guidance document will take effect immediately.

In a recent letter to congress, top American Hospital Association (AHA) members urge for the enactment of the Meaningful Use Flexibility Law. Along with the praise of the Electronic Health Record Regulator Relief Act, the letter argues for an urgent need to change requirements for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its Draft National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) in September. Now, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has written a letter focusing on three main topics to improve the plan.

Graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh have compiled a list of recommendations to prevent opioid overdoses that is being presented at the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver.

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) harshly criticized HHS’s guidance on privacy and security for health information, saying it fails to meet cybersecurity standards of other federal agencies and provides advice to covered entities that doesn’t help prevent future data breaches.

The FDA is offering a skilled coder $40,000 to make a mobile app that could help people experiencing an opioid overdose find a potentially life-saving dose of Naloxone. 

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has announced the newest appointments to its board of trustees, board of directors and elected officers for 2018.

Medical device companies will pay the FDA nearly $1 billion in user fees for five years beginning in October 2017 under the fourth reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee & Modernization Act (MDUFA).

Recently, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) held their annual awards to recognize leaders in healthcare IT. Among those recipients was Peter Basch, MD, MACP, Senior Director for IT Quality and Safety, Research and National Health IT Policy at MedStar Health.

A report on privacy and security concerns surrounding new technology that collects health data, such as wearable fitness trackers, admitted regulations like HIPAA haven’t kept pace with new developments.