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3 Keys to a Successful Value-Based Care Implementation

The goals of value-based care are clear — improved population health, increased patient satisfaction, and reduced cost — but the means of getting there aren’t. Healthcare organizations are grappling with the transition from service- to performance-based reimbursement with varying success. As it turns out, what comes easily for one organization isn’t guaranteed for another....


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EMR v. EHR: Electronic Medical, Health Record Differences

The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate. Healthcare organizations and...

Improving Clinical Data Integrity through EHR Documentation

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...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

“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....

Breakdown of Health IT Interoperability Standards, Organizations

The federal government has put in motion a ten-year plan for establishing a nationwide learning health system made possible through incremental improvements to healthcare interoperability. Who could stand opposed to a healthcare system that ensures...

Potential for Healthcare APIs to Revolutionize the Industry

Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide the means for one software program to access the services of another. Analogies abound for explaining how APIs work, but one that is particularly compelling is the wall socket analogy. Rather...

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...

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...

For Ongoing ACO Shared Savings, Look Outside Inpatient, Primary Care

RevCycleIntelligence Seven years have passed since the Affordable Care Act catalyzed the idea of volume over value in the healthcare industry, paving the way for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to accrue shared shavings while focusing on population health....

Training Employees to Avoid Healthcare Data Security Threats

HealthITSecurity Large-scale healthcare data breaches have already impacted millions of individuals in 2017 alone. As organizations rely more and more heavily on a growing number of technologies, the need for preparing for healthcare data security threats is...

Using Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures to Improve Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT Between the various quality reporting and reimbursement requirements in the value-based care landscape, it seems as though there is no element of healthcare left unmeasured. But as industry professionals embrace patient-centricity, many are turning...

How mHealth Technology Improves Population Health Messaging

mHealthIntelligence Healthcare providers are finding out that smartphones and mobile health messaging platforms are changing how they administer population health programs. The attraction is simple: smartphones, nowadays, are ubiquitous. With roughly 96 percent...

Overcoming Rural Hospital Revenue Cycle Management Challenges

RevCycleIntelligence Despite serving as a critical healthcare safety net for millions of patients, many rural hospitals are constantly on the brink of closing their doors due to a number of revenue cycle management challenges.  Eighty-two rural hospitals have...

Patient Pre-Registration Tips for a Quality Consumer Experience

PatientEngagementHIT Patient pre-registration is a key strategy for improving the onboarding and intake process, which can often get bogged down with complicated data collection and administrative tasks. By collecting patient intake materials ahead of the appointment,...

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