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    • Bill aims to give permanence to Medicare ACOs, providers

      Accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be here to stay, at least for Medicare beneficiaries. A piece of legislation introduced by Representative Diane Black (R-TN) would make permanent components of successful ACO programs developed by the Center...

    • VA works to protect whistleblowers in Phoenix scandal

      As part of its plans to bring the Phoenix scheduling scandal to an end, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the resolution of whistleblower retaliation complaints brought forward by three individuals, the federal agency said in a stat...

    • CMS announces group practice reporting option for PQRS

      Group practices of eligible professionals (EPs) wanting to receive incentives through the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) now have the ability to sign up using the group practice reporting option (GPRO) and avoid payment adjustments in 2016, ...

    • CMS corrects release of Quality Resource and Use Report data

      The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is owning up to a mistake it made in announcing the availability of 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) earlier this week. On Wednesday, the federal agency indicated in a message to pr...

    • Cerner, athenahealth work on EHR integration with HealthKit

      While Apple is openly denying claims of physical flaws one of its new products (#bendgate), it is playing things close to the vest regarding its partnership with EHR companies not named Epic Systems for integration with the newly unveiled HealthKit. ...

    • Allscripts, Practice Fusion both make strategic partnerships

      In what appears to be becoming a trend, two major EHR companies have each forged strategic partnerships to improve the reach and diversity of their various technologies. On Tuesday, the Chicago-based Allscripts announced a commercial agreement with ...

    • 3.2% of hospitals now meet HIMSS Stage 7 EMRAM standards

      Just over 3 percent of hospitals in the United States now meet Stage 7 of the HIMSS Analytics EHR adoption scale, known as the EMRAM model, and healthcare organizations are moving steadily through the ranks.  Compared to a period of stagnation in 2013...

    • How might hospitals prevent Epic EHR implementation mishaps?

      In successfully going live on its Epic EHR platform, Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., became the latest successful hospital Epic EHR launch for the Providence Health & Services health system in partnership with implementation special...

    • WEDI survey: Delay caused ICD-10 testing to slip into 2015

      The ICD-10 delay has negatively impacted the industry’s testing and transition timelines, states the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) in its most recent preparedness survey, detailed in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  Prov...

    • Mostashari: Accountable care can reduce costs, boost outcomes

      In an opinion piece for the New York Times, former National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari and former White House healthcare policy aide Bob Kocher praise the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its focus on value-based reimbursements for moving the needle on...

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