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Recap of Recent Federal HIT Policy Developments

On April 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the roster of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) Workgroup administered by the Food and Drug Administration, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC), and Federal Communications Commission. The important objective of the FDASIA Workgroup is to develop recommendations on a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT, including mobile applications. Richard Eaton (staff person, Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance) was selected as a member. Dr. David Bates (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) was identified as the workgroup chair, despite ONC’s informal announcement during the March 27 HIT Standards Committee meeting that Dr. Paul Tang (Chair, HIT Policy Committee) would serve in that capacity.

On April 25, HHS announced ONC’s revocation of certification for EHRMagic-Ambulatory and EHRMagic-Inpatient products by EHRMagic Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA. This is the first official revocation of product certification status by ONC.

On April 16, Senate Republicans published a white paper criticizing HHS’ implementation of the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Most of the issues discussed in the October 2012 Senate and House Republican criticisms are addressed in the white paper, such as EHR-enabled upcoding, oversight concerns, lack of perceived progress on interoperability, and more.

On April 26, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a call for nominations for a research community representative slot on the ONC HIT Policy Committee. Nominations are due by May 18.

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  1. May 16, 2013 at 11:20 am

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