The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a new report detailing recommendations for the transition to electronic health records. Health information technology (IT) and electronic health information sharing will play important roles in addressing the trifecta of cost, quality, and access U.S. health care reform. The BPC report explores ways to accelerate access to patient information by clinicians and all members of the care team, regardless of care setting, while safeguarding the privacy and security of health information. To inform these findings and recommendations, BPC collaborated with Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care (Doctors Helping Doctors) to conduct a survey designed to gather clinicians’ perspectives on their needs and preferences regarding electronic health information sharing, specifically to support care transitions (when a patient’s care is “handed off” from one clinician to another).
May 29, 2013
On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his proposed FY 2014 budget, which includes $967.3 billion in outlays for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and makes legislative proposals that would save an estimated $361.1 billion (net) over ten years. In conjunction with the release of the President’s budget, HHS published an overview of the budget provisions for HHS, which provides more detail on how the Department would allocate its budget in FY 2014 and describes its ongoing progress in meeting specific program goals and legislative requirements. Many of the proposals included in the President’s budget and HHS’ overview relate to the ongoing transformation of the health care delivery system to a value-based system that rewards quality and efficiency. Critical to the success of this transformation is the exchange of health information for activities such as quality measurement and reporting, value-based purchasing, consumer engagement, and comparative effectiveness research. Below are selected provisions of the HHS budget, the agency’s relevant legislative proposals for 2014, and progress reports for health care system reform efforts that require the use and exchange of health information. We also identify HHS’ stated priorities for 2014 that are related to health information...
January 9, 2013
Previous implementation briefs have addressed the electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs enacted by the HITECH Act, part of ARRA. These programs financially incentivize adoption of EHR technology that meets standards of interoperability and accessibility, among other criteria, and incentivize providers to use the technology to engage with patients and improve patient care. Among other goals, the EHR incentive program is intended to improve patient...
December 13, 2010
The health reform law makes no major revisions to legislation enacted in 2009 to strengthen the standards for health information privacy and security. However, because protection of individuals’ interests in the privacy and security of their health information is foundational to the implementation of many aspects of health reform, this entry summarizes the key provisions of the 2009 law and describes the process of implementation as well as activities to date.
May 3, 2010
The health reform law makes no major revisions to provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to move the nation toward a national health information policy and create incentives for the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (HIT). However, because the adoption and use of HIT is foundational to the implementation of many aspects of health reform, this entry summarizes the key provisions of the 2009 law.