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HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

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On Jan 18, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the nomination of Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) for the lead role at the Department of Health & Human Services. Among the matters...

OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

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One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the health...

359K Providers to Participate Alternative Payment Models in 2017

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More than 359,000 clinicians are set to take part in one of four of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) as part of the Quality Payment Program, the federal agency announced midweek. Beyond APMs, the Quality Payment Program also includes the Merit-Based...

Success of Value-based Care Depends on Clinician Data Access

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The old guard is making way for the new at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The heads of the two federal agencies are stepping down but not...

Recent Study Identifies How EHR Use Could Increase Spending

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A recent study of physician EHR use found that the technology could be responsible for increasing spending in a hospital setting. Since EHR technology has the potential to benefit the healthcare system overall, the healthcare industry has...

EHR Use Assists Warfarin Patients during Transitions of Care

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In a recent study, MU Health Care found that EHR use can be useful in improving anticoagulation therapy between outpatient and inpatient settings and across providers. Researchers conducted the study in response to challenges arising from transitions...

CMS Extends eCQM Deadline for EHR Incentive Programs

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CMS has extended the deadline for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and EHR Incentive Programs. According to a blog...

Improved Health Data Exchange at Heart of UVM Epic EHR Plan

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A recent editorial by the Press Republican gets at the heart of two recent health IT developments involving the University of Vermont Medical Center — improving health data exchange. The University of Vermont Medical Center recently requested...

AHA: MAP Must Advocate for Streamlined CQMs, Care Improvement

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The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a subgroup under the National Quality Forum, needs to advocate for more streamlined clinical quality measures (CQMs) that improve care value for patients while alleviating burden for providers, says...

Patients Harbor Little Concern for EHR Security Events

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EHRs have become a ubiquitous fixture in doctor’s offices and hospitals nationwide, with adoption levels reaching nearly 90 percent. With that surge comes an increase in EHR security events during which patient data may be put at risk for...

ONC Announces Provider EHR Use Experience Challenge Winners

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A recent challenge for health technology organizations to create innovative tools to improve provider EHR use yielded several new applications aimed at improving accessible health data exchange. On Thursday, the Office of the National Coordinator...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Patient Engagement Requirement

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In a recent update, CMS added information to their compendium of FAQs regarding calculations for EHR Incentive Programs objectives and measures requiring patient action. The most recent addition focuses on whether other eligible professionals...

MACRA Incentives Likely to Increase Physician Health IT Use

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Future financial support as part of MACRA implementation will have a positive effect on small practice health IT adoption and use, according to new research published in the Annals of Family Medicine. That conclusion is the result of a study...

UVM Medical Center Seeks Approval for Integrated Epic EHR

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The University of Vermont Medical Center recently filed a certificate of need (CON) application seeking approval from the Green Mountain Care Board of a plan to create a unified Epic EHR system across four hospitals in the University of Vermont...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Integrated Primary Care

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As integrated primary care and behavioral healthcare services come to the forefront, healthcare organization leaders must establish strong EHR use to enable better care coordination between the two specialties, finds a study published in the...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

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A recent addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications updates IDC-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017

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Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care policies...

171K Providers Subject to Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

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Since 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed meaningful use payment adjustment on eligible professionals not meeting the yearly requirements set for the EHR Incentive Programs. According CMS, 171,000 EPs are...

Med School Training Key to Boosting EHR Data, Health IT Use

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As the healthcare industry continues to rely on strong EHR data and health IT use, it will be important that today’s medical students are prepared to work with this kind of technology. However, according to a group of researchers from Duke...

Safety Huddles Prove Useful to Ensuring EHR Patient Safety

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The authors of a recent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found regular 15-minute meetings by administrative, clinical, and IT staff can enable hospitals to identify and address EHR-related patient safety concerns....

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