Electronic Health Records
  • CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Changes, Administrative Relief

    July 12, 2018 - CMS has proposed key changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) intended to reduce administrative burden, shift the focus from process-based measures to outcomes-based measures, and promote EHR interoperability. The 2019 QPP proposed changes would affect Year 3 of the program. The changes may help to reduce administrative burden on providers by removing process-based quality measures within...

  • How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

    July 12, 2018 - A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry leaders. In a recent AHIMA op-ed, CommonWell Health Alliance Executive Director Jitin Asnaani, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John D. Halamka, MD, AHA Vice...

  • Cass Regional Ransomware Attack Leads to MEDITECH EHR Downtime

    July 10, 2018 - Cass Regional Medical Center experienced a ransomware attack on its information technology infrastructure on Monday, July 9, according to an online statement. As a precautionary measure, the hospital underwent EHR downtime until the attack is resolved. EHR access and internal communication systems were affected, which is why EHR vendor MEDITECH opted to shut down the system. There was no evidence...

  • Collaboration Critical for Improving CDI Across Healthcare

    July 9, 2018 - Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) needs are quickly becoming a top issue for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for nationwide interoperability continues to grow. Improving CDI will have long-lasting effects on the industry, impacting both providers and patients.   Clinical documentation in all forms and formats is a problem and challenge for providers, health plans,...


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CHIME Commends CMS QPP Proposed Rule, AMGA Voices Criticism

Stakeholders have expressed conflicting opinions about the new CMS 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which was released July 12 along with proposed rules about the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  The rule includes several key...

Genevieve Morris Heads VA EHR Modernization Oversight Panel

Principal Deputy National Coordinator Genevieve Morris has been selected to spearhead the new Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM) — an oversight panel responsible for ensuring the Cerner VA EHR modernization project...

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Changes, Administrative Relief

CMS has proposed key changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) intended to reduce administrative burden, shift the focus from process-based measures to outcomes-based measures, and promote EHR interoperability. The 2019 QPP proposed changes...

Physician Burnout Rates Remain Low in Small, Independent Practices

Despite the rapid rise of physician burnout nationwide, burnout rates are relatively low among providers in small, urban, independent primary care practices comprising less than five physicians. This finding comes from a recent Journal of the...

How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry leaders. In a...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that have...

Clinical Efficiency, Costs Key in athenahealth EHR Replacements

Improving overall clinical efficiency, streamlining administrative processes, and avoiding upfront costs have been key drivers in athenahealth EHR replacements that have occurred in 2018. Montana-based Mineral Community Hospital (MCH) announced...

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