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How EHR Technology Definitions Influence EHR Use Statistics

On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). However, reliance on these facts and figures can be problematic as a result of varying definitions of EHR technology. As recently as May 31,...


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What Clinical Quality Measures Mean to Healthcare Providers

Throughout the healthcare landscape, providers and hospitals must navigate various different incentive programs and quality improvement programs, with which come numerous requirements for clinical quality measures. However, provided the vast...

What Is EHR Optimization, How Does It Start?

So much of the focus of an EHR implementation is on the go-live and plenty of hustle and bustle precedes a practice's launch of a new EHR technology. However, the digital journey has only just begun at that point and what follows to sustain...

Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done...

What Is MACRA and What It Means to Providers, EHR Technology

More than a year has passed since Congress voted to enact the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Department of Health & Human Services issued its notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation. At its most...

Why a Thin Line Separates EHR Optimization, EHR Replacement

For the past years, industry analysts have predicted a rise in EHR replacement activities that have failed to come to fruition. Most recent reports now point to a shift in the thinking of healthcare organizations and providers about their current...

Return on Investment Remains a Problem for Meaningful Use

A mixture of surprise and relief likely met the recent revelation by the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding serious changes to meaningful use requirements that will bring the EHR Incentive Programs more in...

How Eligible Providers Performed in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Much of the pushback for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule stems from the experience of meaningful use eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in Stage 2 meaningful use, which led many to call for and eventually receive concessions...

Exploring Two-Sided Financial Risk in Alternative Payment Models

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based care becomes the name of the game in healthcare, public and private payers are pushing providers to take on more financial accountability for their services through alternative payment models. In a fee-for-service world, providers...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

HealthITAnalytics While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

How Payers Can Improve HEDIS Quality Measure Performance

HealthPayerIntelligence HEDIS quality measures have a significant role in the healthcare industry regarding closing gaps in care and decreasing the use of costly acute care through preventive services. By placing a greater focus on value-based care and quality improvement...

Balancing Patient Portal Privacy and Access for Pediatric Care

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement, with industry professionals touting their ability to better engage the patient and help all participating parties manage patient health. While pediatric and adult patients tend to use the...

State Data Breach Notification Laws Critical to Healthcare Orgs

HealthITSecurity The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Data Breach Notification Rules require covered entities and business associates to take great care with how PHI is handled, stored, and transferred. Should patient data become compromised, healthcare organizations...

The Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth for Specialists

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth’s potential has always revolved around bringing the doctor to the patient, no matter where each are located. While the concept most often applies to acute or primary care providers, its success is often more visibly demonstrated...

Using Risk Scores, Stratification for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Population health management requires providers to maintain a delicate balance between taking a long view of generalized patient trends and focusing personal attention on the individual and the distinctive circumstances that will influence her...

Why Application Programming Interfaces Are Key for Healthcare

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations seeking to create interoperability between internal apps, EHRs, and other data exchange tools, are increasingly turning to application programming interfaces (APIs) to manage the flow of information between disparate...

Key Steps for Payer Success in Accountable Care Organizations

HealthPayerIntelligence In recent years, healthcare reforms have set out to reduce constantly rising medical costs, improve coverage for the many Americans who lacked primary care access, and advance population health outcomes. Over the past few years, the accountable...

Top Revenue Cycle Management Vendors and How to Select One

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based reimbursement models, such as the upcoming Quality Payment Program, break down the walls between care quality and healthcare payments, more providers have set their sights on implementing vendor-sponsored revenue cycle management...

What Providers Should Know to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

PatientEngagementHIT Patient engagement, consumer satisfaction, and patient access to healthcare are three of the most critical pieces of the value-based care puzzle. As outcomes, satisfaction, and patient loyalty become more important to financial security for healthcare...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

HealthITInteroperability “Hospitals and physicians are now exchanging more electronic health information than ever before,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology told Congress in an annual report from early November....

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