Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

President Obama Signs H.R. 2 Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act into Law

On April 16, President Obama signed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015, into law.  The repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment schedule is effective immediately.  The law reauthorizes … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Proposed Rule for 2015 Certification of Health IT

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published this proposed rule for its 2015 certification of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology.   The ONC proposes broadening its certifications beyond what are required for Medicare … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Proposed Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use of Certified EHRs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published this proposed rule with Stage 3 requirements for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records under the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Labor: Implementation of Executive Order 13672 Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Federal Contractors

This final rule published by the U.S. Department of Labor implements Executive Order 13672 issued by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2014, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and based on gender identity by all federal contractors and subcontractors. … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Implementation of United States v. Windsor Decision

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published this ruling implementing the 2013 United States Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor declaring part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and requiring the federal … Continue reading

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National Center for Health Statistics: Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices – United States, 2001-2013

This data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics reports on the use of electronic health records (EHRs) among office-based physician practices in the United States.  Among the key findings: In 2013, 78% of office-based physicians used any type … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration: Draft Guidance on Low-Risk General Wellness Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published this draft guidance for its regulation of low-risk general wellness products.  Public comments may be submitted at any time but are encouraged by April 20, 2015.  Online comments may be submitted to … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration: Draft Guidance on Medical Device Accessories

The Food and Drug Administration has published a draft guidance for its regulation of medical device accessories.  Public comments may be submitted at any time but are encouraged by April 20, 2015. Online comments may be submitted to the general federal government … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: $28 Million Available to Support Interoperability

After publishing its draft Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap for public comment last week, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced a new funding opportunity of $28 million for ten to twelve grants to states, territories, and … Continue reading

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Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative: The Patient-Centered Medical Home’s Impact on Cost and Quality

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPPC) has published its 2015 edition of its annual review of the evidence for improving quality and reducing costs through patient-centered medical homes.  This report’s evidence comes from 14 peer-reviewed articles, 7 state program evaluations, … Continue reading

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