February 22, 2017 - Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR technology. “Use of apps in healthcare is still early,” the SMART Health IT report states. “Around half of healthcare organizations...
February 21, 2017 - The industry-wide push for EHR adoption led to hasty EHR implementations which in turn have healthcare CIOs focused on EHR optimization efforts. According to a KPMG poll of more than a hundred College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME) members, more than one-third (38%) ranked EHR optimization as a major area of capital investment over the next three years. Additionally, 36 percent...
February 17, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two important notices this week, one to assist providers with PQRS reporting and the other for providers to contest payment adjustments related to 2015 meaningful use reporting. First, the federal agency notified eligible professionals of the upcoming deadline for contesting 2017 Medicare payment adjustments, which are the result of a...
February 14, 2017 - The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services. In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, MGMA made suggestions regarding topics including administrative simplification, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), alternative payment...
Findings from a recent EHR usability study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) once brought to the fore the problem of clinical documentation in the digital age of healthcare. The study of EHR use, particularly copy-and-paste functionality, led to three major findings....
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