Health Policy

FedScoop, health IT conferences commence

A pair of conferences in Washington get under way and feature government executives speaking about innovation and other IT-related issues.

Health IT gets a $220M funding transfusion

The Health and Human Services Department will give 15 nonprofit organizations $220 million for health IT pilot projects.

HHS releases rule on insurance Web portal

The Health and Human Services Department has released an interim final rule on a new Web portal for information to allow consumers to compare insurance coverage.

IT included in Sebelius' top priorities for HHS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released her top strategic initiatives for the department, which include health IT elements.

Incentives for health IT could include home monitoring equipment

A federal working group considers several requirements for patients to use health IT.

Sankaran to leave HHS' Federal Health Architecture

Vish Sankaran, program director for the Federal Health Architecture system, announced his resignation today.

Health reform may cause agencies to beef up IT, report says

A market research firm reports on the IT implications of the health care reform law.

HHS advisory panel considers patient consent framework

An advisory group to the Health and Human Services Department is evaluating a framework for managing patients' consents to share their personal medical information.

Patients should be partners in EHR systems, HHS panel told

An HHS advisory panel today heard ed recommendations to allow patients input and a central role in their own health data contained in digital record systems.

House members seek parity for behavioral health electronic records

Lawmakers offer legislation to help mental health professionals buy health IT systems.

Health IT data security crude in some companies, says CMS CIO

Julie Boughn, the chief information officer for Medicare and Medicaid, says companies that want to work with her agency often display amateurish data security.

HHS' Blumenthal disputes rumors on health IT spying

HHS is collaborating with the Justice Department on nationwide health data exchange, but that does not mean the data will go to law enforcement or national security agencies, according to Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT.

Think tank finds complex benefits and risks in health IT

The Obama administration's drive for health information technology implementation is occurring while health IT risks and benefits are not well understood, according to a new think tank report.

Obama sets sights on next Medicare administrator

Though the White House has not made it official yet, President Obama reportedly knows who he wants to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

HHS wiki airs concerns about planned health network service

The Health and Human Services Department's new wiki on its Nationwide Health Information Network Direct service provides a forum for concerns about the effects of the program.

HHS panel advises on data glitches that affect patient safety

An HHS advisory workgroup today proposed best practices for dealing with patient safety problems related to electronic health record systems.

DEA issues rule on e-prescribing for controlled drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration's new interim final rule would allow doctors and dentists who e-prescribe controlled substances to use their fingerprints or other biometric data to prove their identity.