Health Information Technology (HIT)

Jan 5, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released for comment a draft trusted exchange framework for sharing health information across networks, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. The proposed framework would…
Jan 4, 2018
The AHA encourages all hospitals to complete the 10th annual Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Annual Survey. The survey was mailed to hospital CEOs this week for their chief information officer to complete on paper or online by Jan. 26. "Even if your hospital has not adopted any or all…
Jan 3, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission is accepting comments through Feb. 2 on its proposal to permanently increase the $400 million annual funding cap for the Rural Health Care Program, as advocated by the AHA. Announced last month and published today, the proposed rule also seeks feedback on…
Dec 21, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission this week identified unserved rural areas eligible for up to $2 billion in broadband support over the next decade. The agency is preparing to distribute the funds to companies that successfully compete in an auction to deploy robust broadband to these areas at…
Dec 14, 2017
The Federal Communication Commission today agreed to issue a proposed rule that would update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services. The agency also approved an order waiving the RHC Program’s annual cap for 2017 and allowing unused funds from…
Dec 13, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission and National Cancer Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding that will focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption can improve the lives of rural cancer patients. As an inaugural project, the agencies have convened a public-private…
Dec 7, 2017
AHA again urged the Food and Drug Administration today to allow health system pharmacies to distribute compounded products to other system facilities located more than one mile away. “The AHA is concerned that the one-mile radius limitation [included in draft guidance last year] is not workable for…
Dec 7, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration today released for comment draft guidance clarifying what types of clinical and patient decision support software would no longer be regulated by the agency as a medical device under the 21st Century Cures Act. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said the…
Dec 6, 2017
The latest audiocast on cybersecurity from the AHA examines cyber liability insurance coverage. AHA Assistant General Counsel Lawrence Hughes is joined by Jan Larson, partner at the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of Jenner & Block, LLP, to discuss evaluating the need for such…
Nov 27, 2017
Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not…