Remote connectivity has become an essential part of 21st century medical care, says the Telecommunications Industry Association, which is now urging CMS to promote telehealth services in Medicare Advantage Organizations.
It's been a long time coming, and it may serve to quell some contention. On Thursday, the FDA commissioner verified that the FDASIA report -- meant to serve as a guide for how health IT regulation should go forward -- will be out by the end of March.
The top providers are already starting to pull away from the pack by branding and controlling digital goods, leveraging telecommunications and harnessing networks to make their services interoperable, all of which extend their reach.
The panel hasn't had a meeting and no one's even been nominated for it yet, but the Obama administration's fiscal 2015 budget request says the health law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as IPAB, could save the government triple what officials estimated last year.
If you are having trouble implementing vendor-certified EHRs in 2014 for the meaningful use program, there is a new possibility that you might be able to avoid penalties later, according to an updated CMS exception rule.