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Health Policy

Former President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law.1 This legislation will allocate approximately $4.8 billion in crucial funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will span the next 10 years, including $1.4 billion for the Precision Medicine Initiative, $1.8 billion for the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, and $1.8 billion for the Cancer Moonshot initiative.2,3

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Using Secure Text Messaging for the Transmission of Orders for Care
In May 2016, The Joint Commission altered its stance on text messaging, stating it was permissible for physicians and licensed practitioners to text orders regarding patient care, treatments, or services to hospitals or other healthcare settings--as long as it is done through a secure platform. Read More ›

With notable changes in Medicare underway, the American Medical Association (AMA) has unveiled a series of online tools to help physicians comply with the new Quality Payment Plan under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that will go into effect in 2017. Read More ›

FDA Streamlines Expanded Access Application for Patients to Get Investigational Drugs
The Individual Patient Expanded Access Application, which is designed to streamline the application procedure for individual patients who apply for expanded access to investigational therapeutics, including expanded access to drugs that are not in clinical trials, was recently updated by the FDA. Read More ›

Value Modifier Policy for 2017: How Does Your Practice Measure Up?
At the 2015 annual meeting of the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM), Emily L. Graham, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Hart Health Strategies discussed the specifics of the Value Modifier Policy program, which will affect all groups and practices by 2017. Read More ›

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health has released a 19-page plan to address health equity gaps for underserved Medicare beneficiaries, improve their access to care, and measure the success of this undertaking. Read More ›

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) created many important reforms in healthcare. Read More ›

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