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for: ‘Health and Human Services’

New ONC Head is a Hit with Health IT Insiders

In another piece of potentially good news for those with a vested interest in telehealth and health IT, President Donald Trump has selected a well-regarded industry veteran to helm the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Though the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has yet to officially comment on the […]

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“Repeal and Replace” Finally Heads to the House Floor

Whether you call it “Ryancare,” call it “Trumpcare,” or simply call it by its official legislative title (the American Health Care Act), one thing is all but certain: The legislation designed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is finally headed to the floor of the House this week (likely on […]

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CMS’ New Second in Command: A Health IT Expert?

As health care consultant Seema Verma awaits final Senate confirmation in her bid to become director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and amid continued questions about what “repeal and replace” will mean for health IT, President Trump has reportedly selected a second in command for the agency. Washington-based attorney Demetrios Kouzoukas, […]

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Seema Verma Provides Some Answers on Telemedicine

The Senate Finance Committee today will likely help move President Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) one step closer to confirmation. During a Wednesday morning session, the committee is set to vote on the nomination of Seema Verma, an Indiana-based health care consultant who is perhaps best known for […]

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Proposed Budget Mean and Health IT? Likely Cuts Raise Concerns

President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, some initial details of which were released this week, has raised quite a few eyebrows. This is largely due to its suggested $54 billion increase in defense spending, to be offset by cuts to funding for non-defense programs at various federal agencies–what one administration official termed “lower priority programs […]

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Telemedicine and Cardiovascular Care: AHA Guidelines Point to Opportunities

The staggering costs of cardiovascular disease in the United States have been well documented; a 2015 CDC Foundation study, for example, estimated that one out of every six dollars spent on health care goes toward caring for the approximately 85 million patients with these conditions, as well as seven million stroke survivors. However, the use […]

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HHS Finalizes MACRA Rule, Some Telehealth Advocates Disappointed

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized its policies for how the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement the new Medicare Quality Payment Program. This program, part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), replaces the former and flawed Medicare Part B Sustainable Growth Rate […]

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Patient Safety and Telemedicine

In an AHRQ Perspective piece published this week, Stephen Agboola and Joseph Kvedar of Partners Health make the case for enhancing patient safety measures in telemedicine and conducting more research on the impact of telemedicine on patient safety. They say that “telemedicine” (telemedicine, telehealth, connected health, eHealth and mHealth) on the whole is improving the […]

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AHRQ Review of Telehealth Evidence Offers a Research Roadmap

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently published a comprehensive overview of the evidence on telehealth and patient outcomes. One key takeaway: Sufficient evidence exists to show the effectiveness of telehealth for several specific uses and types of patients, but not to judge the cost-effectiveness of telehealth more broadly. AHRQ, an agency within the […]

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HHS Delivers Report to Congress on E-Health and Telemedicine

In a new report to Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touts telehealth’s promise to increase access to quality care and improve outcomes and is cautiously optimistic about its ability to reduce costs. Congress requested the report from HHS in December 2015 as part of an appropriations bill. The request urged the […]

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