Policy

An analysis from the Congressional Research Service challenges a common talking point among legislators that the medical device tax destroys jobs and encourages manufacturers to operate oversees, according to The New York Times. 

Some U.S. consumers are turning down tax credits offered through the Affordable Care Act out of principle, opting to spend more on health insurance, reports U.S. News & World Report.

Momentum is growing in Congress to repeal taxes on medical device sales, reports The Hill.

Medicare's policy not to pay for the treatment of hospital-acquired infections appears to be making an impact, according to Medscape.   

Harvard faculty are in an uproar over rising healthcare costs, even as the school's very own economists and health policy advisors had championed heathcare reform efforts, reports The New York Times. 

Accenture Federal Services has won a five-year, $563 million contract to continue its work on Healthcare.gov, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology.

The Department of Health & Human Services is awarding more than $665 million in Affordable Care Act monies to design and test healthcare payment and service delivery models. 

Data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Health IT Policy Committee reveal only marginal gains in the numbers of eligible professionals and hospitals attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, updating the original 2011 version, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology. 

Diminishing wars and a drop in defense spending are spurring federal contractors to expand their businesses related to healthcare, reports The Washington Post. 

Six public hearings are scheduled to explore state legislation that would establish single-payer health insurance throughout New York, reports Ithaca Journal. 

U.S. healthcare spending rose 3.6 percent in 2013, which is the slowest rate on record since 1960, reports The Hill.