The ONC Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup met for the first time Tuesday, outlining some of the policy questions that need to be addressed in the areas of care plans and shared decision making.
A project linking patients, caregivers and Alzheimer's research centers won the Department's third annual innovation award, as Secretary Sibelius and a Google HR guru talked about the need for collaboration in such a large organization.
While HHS is mostly in compliance with the Improper Payment Information Act, an audit is suggesting the agency fill accuracy and reporting gaps and consider new strategies for reducing erroneous payments.
Bob Brown and Steven Waldren, MD, outline the goals and the need for their joint effort, the Cure Project. The gist: Harness the healthcare community to define what IT functions various care settings need to the benefit of both providers and vendors. Just don't get hung up on what the technologies are called.
Many state laws allow hospitals and other providers to keep costs hidden until they send you the bill. The Catalyst for Payment Reform consortium graded states on pricing transparency, and only two earned an "A".
Foreign policy trumps healthcare on the campaign trail, states oppose Medicaid, three GOP governors put politics over policy, AOA calls ICD-10 a "nightmare" and more ... This Week in Government Health IT.
Now that my brief holiday is over, I'm back to thinking about standards again. One of the things that I've noted over the past 4 years of blogging is the increased influence of social media on Health IT regulation and standards.