After two and a half years, Farzad Mostashari, MD, is leaving his post as national coordinator for health information technology this fall.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is contracting with the Joint Commission to address patient safety concerns, according to the final patient safety plan released in July.
A delay in the start date of stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program is not currently in the works, according to a federal healthcare official, despite some concerns from lawmakers and providers.
On August 2, CMS issued a final rule updating FY 2014 Medicare payment policies and rates under IPPS and the LTCH PPS. The final rule modifies and clarifies CMS’s longstanding policy on how Medicare contractors review inpatient hospital admissions for payment purposes.
A recent federal study of the potential unintended consequences of electronic health information exchange revealed several characteristics that, if not addressed soon, could lead to data and privacy issues.