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AHA Advises MedPAC on Implementing MACRA, MIPS, APM Policies

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has submitted a list of policy proposals to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) regarding implementing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and...

GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Post-Acute EHR Use Plans

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Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued recommendations for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve EHR use and health data exchange in post-acute care settings. Despite the federal agency’s...

Organizations Request Stage 3 Meaningful Use, MIPS Delay

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Sixteen healthcare organizations are seeking a delayed implementation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use and similar requirements for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Including the College of Healthcare Information...

Survey Demonstrates Effectiveness of Secure Messaging in ED

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A recent report found despite secure messaging being cited as the second-most effective real-time communication in emergency departments (ED) behind face-to-face interactions, less than fifty percent of surveyed hospital ED staff report utilizing...

Judy Faulkner: Epic Will Offer New Cost-Effective EHR Options

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Epic EHR products may be in use at the majority of top-ranked hospitals and health systems in the United States, but many smaller organizations balk at the hefty investment and steep price tag involved in adopting the company’s products....

ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development...

AAFP Calls on HHS to Ease Physician Struggles with Health IT

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With the new administration comfortably in place, several organizations have called on Tom Price, MD, and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to address aspects of health IT infrastructure negatively effecting the usefulness of...

Surescripts NRLS Use Live at 4 More Major Health Systems

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Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS) recently expanded its user base to include four additional major health systems, bumping the number of health systems using the service up to 14 nationwide. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical...

EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

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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...

CMS Funds to Help Rural Practices in Quality Payment Program

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As part of a five-year program to support individual physician and small practices participating in the Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded $20 million to 11 organizations. Over the remaining four...

Survey Shows Differing Views on EHR, Clinical IT Priorities

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Despite progress in the maturation of EHR technology over preceding years, EHR vendors and provider users differ as to improving clinical IT in the years ahead. That is one finding from the 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey released...

CIOs Set to Channel Future Spending Toward EHR Optimization

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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)...

Ohio Hospital Improves Patient Outcomes Using EHR Technology

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A successful initiative at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center found quality improvement methods — including the development of EHR registries and tools — improves clinical, functional, and patient-reported outcomes for...

NYCHCC Epic Implementation Will Not Hit 2018 Deadline

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The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation will not complete its system-wide EHR implementation by the end of 2018 as planned, according to the New York Post. Spokesman Robert de Luna indicated that the delay would push the project back...

CMS Issues Two Notices for PQRS, Meaningful Use Reporting

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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...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

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Surescripts is extending its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) to include three more EHR companies to provide healthcare teams with a fuller picture of patient medical records and lessen administrative burden. Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks,...

CommonWell First to Use Argonaut Project FHIR Specifications

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CommonWell has set itself apart as an industry leader in an unprecedented integration of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the health IT standard and application programming interface (API). Today, CommonWell announced it has...

Improving EHR Use, Interoperability, Optimization at HIMSS17

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EHR adoption is at an all-time high after healthcare organizations and providers completed EHR implementation projects over the past several, so it should come as no surprise that numerous educational opportunities health IT’s most recognized...

CommonWell Members to Build Healthcare APIs to Expand Service

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CommonWell Health Alliance is set to expand as its existing services with agreements from 14 new members committed to building new healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) for the health data exchange platform. “Although there...

ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Receives Suggestions

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The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force submitted its final recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees....

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