US House Bill Would Ease Sharing of Substance Use Disorder Patient Information

The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held a consideration and mark-up session on a bill this week that would allow providers and payers to more freely share the information of patients with substance use disorders.

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Proposed Bill Would Reduce Penalties, Hardship Exemptions for Meaningful Use

New proposed legislation would loosen the more stringent “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program requirements that kick in as time goes on, allowing Medicare physicians to more easily participate in the program without facing financial penalties.

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Health IT Will Proliferate Despite Changes to Healthcare Reform Legislation

Speculation and uncertainty about the future of healthcare continues to grow among stakeholders, but some healthcare trends relevant to HIM stand to continue growth regardless of potential legislative upheaval.

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Congress Eases Ban on Patient Identifier Development in Spending Package

After years of advocacy by AHIMA, lawmakers, and other stakeholder groups, Congress recently took steps moving the nation toward a more comprehensive way to accurately match patients to their health information.

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Proposed Legislation Expands Medicare Reimbursement for Telehealth Services

A bipartisan group of Senators are trying to advance legislation that would better fund telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

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