Author Archives: Tom Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS

About Tom Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS

Tom Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS, is HIMSS Vice President of Government Relations. Follow me on Twitter @TLearyHIMSS

Time to Beef Up Education on Benefits of Health IT Adoption and Implementation

I had the chance to review Charles Krauthammer’s recent Opinion piece in the Washington Post on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.  I was taken aback by his implication that the meaningful use program was the healthcare equivalent to … Continue reading

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CMS Signals Change to 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period

This week has seen an incredible amount of activity on the health IT front. I was pleased to see the blog post from Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality, and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … Continue reading

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Health IT Opportunity from 2015 State of the Union  

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address is under analysis quite extensively this week.  Although I did not have one of my “jump-out-of-my seat because-POTUS-mentioned-health IT-in-the- speech” moments, “I’m encouraged by three areas where health IT can join the conversation.

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Time for Action on 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period

As I’m sure many of you know by now, in early September, CMS and ONC issued a final rule offering providers flexibility to meet the Meaningful Use timeline for 2014.  The Flexibility Rule, as it’s being publicly referred, did not … Continue reading

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Roger Baker and Aneesh Chopra on the Future of Health IT

This month, I was excited to have the opportunity to moderate a discussion on Federal News Radio with Roger Baker and Aneesh Chopra, discussing the value of health IT.

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Latest Meaningful Use Numbers – What they Mean for You and Me

UPDATE 5/21: Just hours after this blog post was posted, CMS and ONC released a proposed rule addressing some of my concerns.  Click here to access HIMSS’ fact sheet on the proposed rule that would change the meaningful use stage timeline … Continue reading

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FDASIA Stakeholders Meeting Kicks Off

On Tuesday, May 13, I had the pleasure of representing HIMSS at the FDA/ONC/FCC meeting with Stakeholders to discuss the draft FDASIA Report proposing a Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk Based Framework for Regulating Health IT.

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Happy Birthday, HITECH!

Five years ago, on February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The “Stimulus Bill” included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  HITECH codified into law … Continue reading

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Engaging in Health IT Policy – and Welcoming Fresh Insights

Happy New Year!  Wow did 2013 go by fast, but it sure was jam-packed for those of us active in health IT policy, with lots of buzzwords including Care Coordination, Meaningful Use Call to Action, FDASIA, ICD-10, Stark Sunset Deadline, … Continue reading

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Stage 2 Extension Leaves 2014 Timeline Unaddressed

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a joint blog post from Rob Tagalicod of CMS and Jacob Reider of ONC, revealing an updated timeline for Meaningful … Continue reading

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