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Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

Patient access to health records in jeopardy amid heath policy upheaval

Amid the deep uncertainty over what changes Congress could make to the health care sector in the coming years, patients would benefit from having access to their own medical records.

Insurance coverage losses, changes in insurance plans and cuts to provider networks could happen if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, repealed and replaced or is weakened because of lack of support from the Trump administration. Continue reading

The federal government’s health IT priorities: What to watch

Top federal officials on health information technology outlined their priorities for the sector in a press call this week.

The takeaway was that they would like to see less regulatory burden for providers and help foster information sharing among trusted health care entities. Continue reading

PDMPs get kudos again for role in fighting opioid crisis

State-run electronic databases that collect opioid prescription information are being hailed as an effective tool to curb opioid abuse in a new report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC report got a lot of press, mainly for its primary findings that opioid prescriptions have dropped in recent years but still remained three times higher in 2015 than in 1999. The peak opioid prescribing year was 2010, according to the CDC. Continue reading

What could happen to Medicaid innovation under a repeal scenario?

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Now that Senate Republicans have delayed action on their Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill until after the Independence Day recess, let’s take a moment to talk about innovation.

One underlying objective of the Affordable Care Act was to spur adoption of value-based care and technology-driven care coordination – in tandem with providing free preventive care. Continue reading

FDA moves on digital health innovation

Photo by Tim Gee via Flickr

Photo by Tim Gee via Flickr

Last week’s blog post by Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is providing digital health innovators with a new roadmap to navigate pre- and post-market federal oversight of their products.

The topline for journalists is that in the coming months, the FDA will publish new guidance on digital health products and launch programs to monitor the industry, according to the blog post.  Key timeframes and details, culled from Gottlieb’s post: Continue reading