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    • Post-acute care quality bill moves from House to Senate

      A bill that would require post-acute care providers to participate in quality and data reporting is inching closer toward becoming law after recently passing the House the Representatives and making its way to the Senate. The Improving Medicare Post...

    • Medicare ACOs raise quality and share $445 million in savings

      The latest accountable care organization (ACO) scorecard shows ongoing progress towards reducing costs for the Medicare system, CMS says in a press release, with higher quality metrics and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings across the Medicare ...

    • RECs have aided 100,000 providers with EHRs, meaningful use

      The nation’s network of Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have provided more than 100,000 healthcare organizations with the knowledge and tools to implement EHR technology and attest to Stage 1 of meaningful use, the ONC was proud to announce this we...

    • How payer-provider partnerships support population health

      Accountable care models leverage care coordination with the aim of improving patient outcomes while reducing costs, but their success depends first on agreements between healthcare providers and payers enabling important health data to be shared and ma...

    • AMA urges EHR design overhauls, releases usability framework

      After a RAND report labeled EHRs as a primary source of stress for physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) is repeating its calls for the healthcare industry to take a long, hard look at the way EHRs are designed, urging vendors to pay more ...

    • Flex-IT Act aims to reduce meaningful use reporting in 2015

      If relief is not coming to eligible professionals and hospitals as a result of a recent final rule modifying meaningful use reporting in 2014 and 2015, then a recently introduced bill might just be the key. Yesterday, Representatives Renee Ellmers (...

    • Taking the physician perspective on EHR-HIT optimization

      With all of the current government initiatives and mandates, physicians have been left in the dust to try to figure out how to meet the requirements set out by the government, their practices, or their health systems — and still have quality time wit...

    • New Blue Button toolkit to support Stage 2 Meaningful Use

      As part of the National Health IT Week festivities, the ONC has announced a new Blue Button patient engagement toolkit intended to provide detailed information on the technical standards necessary to provide online access to personal health data for pa...

    • Advocates call for immediate 2015 meaningful use changes

      Dissatisfied with a provision in a recently finalized rule impacting meaningful use, a group of provider associations led by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is calling on the Department of Health & Human Services...

    • Survey: 81% of physicians feel over-extended by patient load

      EHRs, meaningful use, and ICD-10 aren’t the only things stressing out physicians who are increasingly struggling to make ends meet while rising to the challenges of federal initiatives and changing patient demographics.  A survey of 20,000 providers...

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