AHIMA’s federal affairs staff outlined AHIMA’s legislative and regulatory priorities for the 116th Congress in a webinar Wednesday, discussing what will and what will not change in light of demographic shifts in House and Senate leadership, as well as the implications of working with a divided government. The webinar also covered topics related to what is currently the third-longest government shutdown in Congressional history and its implications for HIM professionals.
In a recent open letter, Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN expressed concerns regarding the stability and direction of leadership for the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Trump Administration last week proposed a massive overhaul of federal agencies, which would—among other consolidations—restructure the Department of Health and Human Services and rename it the Department of Health and Public Welfare (DHPW).
The House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would enable the appropriate sharing of substance use disorder records by aligning 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment, and operations.
The $1.3 trillion FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed by the President last week allocated funding for several key health IT priorities and continued current funding levels for ONC.