Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Impacting Health Record Privacy, Documentation, and Exchange
The US Senate voted on Wednesday to pass the “21st Century Cures Act” by a vote of 94 to 5. The act, which is largely devoted to regulations surrounding medical device and prescription drug approval, has numerous implications for health information management (HIM) and health IT professionals.
The president-elect has announced his picks to lead HHS and CMS, including an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The healthcare industry isn’t alone in endeavoring to tackle legacy IT systems in the name of information governance (IG). It should come as no surprise that the federal government faces similar challenges maintaining its systems, though the scope of its struggle appears daunting. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that various federal agencies are running software platforms and computer systems on...
Following a series of six hearings, the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is working to develop legislation it hopes will help address lingering issues with EHRs.
The Senate Appropriations Committee opted not to adopt amendments aimed at slowing down full implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS in a markup session of an appropriations bill Thursday morning. The bill has advanced to the floor for a vote, but the possibility for amendments remains.