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Proposed U.S. health IT regulatory framework aims to promote innovation, protect patients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks public comments on a draft proposal that outlines recommendations for a health information technology framework designed to promote product innovation while protecting patients and avoiding regulatory duplication.The FDA developed the framework in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health […]

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Truck driver group files petition to delay May 21 medical examiner registry requirement; FMCSA says supply will meet immediate demand

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a petition yesterday asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to extend the deadline for qualified medical examiners to become registered on the agency’s new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The OODIA anticipates a significant shortage of registered examiners by the May 21 deadline when all […]

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Workers’ compensation costs may fall as more Americans get health insurance coverage

Workers’ compensation, general business liability and automobile insurance costs may fall while the growing number of Americans who obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act may trigger a corresponding increase in medical malpractice claims, a newly released RAND Corporation study shows. The cost shifts could be as much as 5 percent in some states, […]

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‘Doc fix’ law delays federal ICD-10 implementation, gives states more time to adopt coding system for workers’ comp

A law signed by President Obama on Tuesday delays the mandated national transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 medical coding scheduled to take effect October 2014 until October 2015 at the earliest. The House passed enabling legislation last week and the Senate passed the House’s Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 on Monday.

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OSHA announces final rule updating standards to protect electrical power workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it will issue a final rule to better protect electric power generation, transmission and distribution workers. The rule is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on April 11 and will become effective 90 days later, with the exception of delayed compliance deadlines for certain […]

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