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October 6, 2015  12:40 PM

Senate Health Committee chairman directs ONC to halt stage 3 of meaningful use program

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
gao, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo, Lamar Alexander, meaningful use stage 3, ONC, Senate Health Committee

Stage 2 of the meaningful use program is too complicated. Because of its sophistication, most physicians and hospitals haven't successfully attested to stage 2 and ONC shouldn't rush into stage 3 of meaningful use, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) asserted at a U.S. Senate Committee on Health,...

September 2, 2014  12:58 PM

DoD calls for proposals for new healthcare management systems

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
DOD, EHR, EHR implementation, gao, VA

The U.S. Department of Defense issued a request for proposals to update their legacy health IT systems, including their EHR. The project is expected to come with a multi-billion dollar price tag and put modernized systems in place...

December 20, 2012  2:42 PM

Two reports fault CMS HIT initiatives for waste and inefficiency

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
CMS, gao, OIG, Pioneer ACO Model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is having a bad week, as government watchdogs found fault with their HIT initiatives. On Monday the Government Accountability Office issued a report saying that the CMS Innovation Center needs to...

October 2, 2012  12:56 PM

Government Accountability Office recommends medical device security

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, gao, medical device security, mobile device management

As more personal health information flows through medical devices and over wireless networks, federal officials say more regulations are needed to ensure both device and data security. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a report...

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January 25, 2012  1:00 PM

GAO puts quality group under microscope for EHR Incentive Program lag

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CMS, EHR incentive program, EHRIP, gao, hhs, NQF

The General Accountability Office (GAO) last week issued a report focused on health IT and meaningful use. It addressed how and why U.S. Department of Health and Human...

September 6, 2011  12:18 PM

Final rule clarifies e-prescribing incentive program, sort of

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
e-prescribing, EHR incentive program, gao, medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its update to the final rule for the e-prescribing incentive program, which offers financial incentives to eligible professionals who demonstrate that...

November 22, 2010  10:40 AM

EHR systems can cut health care costs, GAO reports

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR systems, EMR, gao, IDS

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) took a look at electronic health records (EHRs) as they relate to improving health care and cutting costs. It examines the stories of 15 health care providers that have formed integrated...

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