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Federal Health Information Systems Initiatives

I need some help in answering these two questions:
1- Cite two or three examples of other major federal policy initiatives or laws that affect health care information technology and evaluate the impacts of each on quality of care.
2 - What are some of the most significant implications of "pay-for-performance" initiatives in the adoption of health care information systems and increased quality of care?

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One major Federal Law that affects health information is The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This law distinguishes between information use and information disclosure. The law increases the protection of patient health information. This is an omnibus act and will have a significant impact on the quality of care.
The HIPAA has under it other laws, the first is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH); This legislation improves the use of health records. It gives financial incentives through both Medicare and Medicaid for physicians and hospital ...

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This solution explains major federal government initiatives to improve health care information systems. The sources used are also included in the solution.