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Health IT stakeholders share ideas for boosting adoption

Various federal legislators and other healthcare leaders gathered to share their thoughts on the importance of technology's evolving role in improving patient care at the HIMSS National Health IT Week press conference in the District of Columbia on Thursday afternoon.

3 crisis management tools to protect hospital reputations

Reputation plays a key role in consumer preference when it comes to acute care hospitals, author Susan Neisloss wrote in a recent  Hospitals & Health Networks  article. To preserve your hospital's reputation, she suggested three elements to a crisis management plan.

Lawmakers lobby feds to update regulatory guidance for mHealth apps

Two congressmen are asking the Department of Health and Human Services to develop "clear, easily accessible and up to date regulatory guidance" regarding mobile applications and requesting the federal agency update online technical compliance guidance to help app makers adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

FTC scores victories against hospital mergers using century-old law

The Federal Trade Commission, one of the only federal regulatory agencies contesting healthcare mergers, is scoring successes through a 100-year-old law, the New York Times reported.

GAO finds HealthCare.gov is 'high-risk'

HealthCare.gov may still have security holes, according to a report from the Government Accountablity Office. 

ONC's DeSalvo continues to stress moving beyond Meaningful Use

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo made no bones about the direction she and ONC would like to see federal health IT efforts take in a keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Policy Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.

Former VA doc, whistleblower says OIG report on care delays is a farce

Experts and doctors once involved in the Department of Veteran Affairs healthcare system said they don't believe the agency's Inspector General's report captured the impact delays in care had on veteran deaths during a heated hearing in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs this week.

House leader questions CMS plan for appeal settlements

The chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health voiced concerns about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' settlement plan for short-stay appeals in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Hospital execs: Meaningful Use, interoperability discussions can't be separated

Provider-based health IT professionals stated their case for why they need more flexibility for Meaningful Use Stage 2 during a briefing at the Russell Senate Building in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Insurers oppose Partners HealthCare's acquisition plan

Massachusetts health insurers filed complaints with Attorney General Martha Coakley's office Monday, claiming that Partners HealthCare's supposed acquisitions of three hospitals would raise costs for consumers, reports the  Boston Globe.