Policy and Regulation
Policy and Regulation
Time is ticking and it’s getting late; the year is getting beyond us and those keeping track of Meaningful Use are getting anxious. So much so that they’re getting serious about knowing exactly what is expected of them.
With time not on the side of their constituents, a group of stakeholders is pressuring the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to finalize its decisions and get to a point of resolutions regarding a final ruling of a possible 90-day meaningful use reporting period for 2016. [cont...]
Gone are the days of being forced to choose a healthcare provider based on your geographic location. As new telehealth options continue to emerge, it's now possible for patients in even the most remote areas to get the care they need.
Telehealth provides a much needed service to America’s fly over states where people like farmers, ranchers, veterans, manufacturers and educators live, work and build their lives. These areas, however, often lack world-class healthcare services, high-paying jobs or amenities city dwellers often take for granted.
There is nothing surprising about this – hospitals and health centers not in the urban settings are not up to par with their urban peers. According to a new brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, while more hospitals are exchanging information via both electronic and non-electronic means, small and rural hospitals, not so much; they lag behind.
Does it matter?
Is CMS already backtracking on one of the biggest rollouts of its gigantic payment reform, MACRA? According to testimony, that’s may be a possibility, but CMS’ acting chair Andy Slavitt has been showing signs of a potential slow down for a bit even if others try to walk back what he says. [cont...]
More spending, not less – that’s what we can continue to expect in healthcare. In fact, the rate of growth is expected to rise at an annual estimated rate of around 6 percent over the next nine years. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), healthcare spending is expected to reach 20 percent of the nation’s total economy by 2025. [cont...]
The conversation about the possibility of a national patient identifier continues and new life appears to have been breathed into its lungs as an early draft of a House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations bill that, if passed, would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical assistance to private-sector led initiatives. [cont...]
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited news rating site, Hospital Compare, a consumer portal that is designed to provide information on how well hospitals provide care to their patients.
According to the agency, this is an effort of the transparency movement that is meant to help patient consumers take their care more into their own hands, “this information can help consumers make informed decisions about their healthcare,” CMS said in a statement. [cont...]
The American Medical Association has been busy recently, working on ethical measure regarding telemedicine and even now, continues work in that vein. Its focus on telemedicine continues and has adopted a policy at its annual meeting in June that ensures that medical student and residents learn how to use telemedicine in the clinical practice. Truthfully, this is a major announcement by a major body with real power in healthcare and because of it policies will change. In this case related to telemedicine. [cont...]