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More Industry Groups Voice Opinions on Proposed MACRA Rules

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Earlier this week the Department of Health and Human Services announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation that would end meaningful use, realign clinical quality reporting, and transform how Medicare physicians are paid...

EHR Replacement Rush a Regret for Many Struggling Hospitals

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The fury of EHR replacement over past several years proved costly to cash-strapped hospitals looking for a return on investment from new EHR technology, according to new Black Book research. The findings from a crowd survey of 1204 hospital executives...

7 Time-Saving EHR Use Tips to Boost Physician Productivity

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There’s an assumption in healthcare that EHRs are too time-consuming. With physicians often stating that the more time they spend using an EHR, the less time they spend with patients. As with many assumptions, the more often something is...

Industry Groups Share Views on Proposed MACRA Implementation

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In light of the recent notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), several healthcare industry groups have come forward to voice their opinions on ending meaningful use, reducing clinical...

MIPS Requirements for Physicians Under Proposed MACRA Rule

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The proposed rule for MACRA implementation brings with a whole new methodology for promoting appropriate health IT use and quality reporting as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In yesterday's announcement of the notice...

Proposed MACRA Rule to End Meaningful Use for Physicians

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In issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has signaled the end of meaningful use for Medicare physicians. The program is still under review for hospitals. “We’re...

Healthcare Execs Will Invest More in EHR Systems, Health IT

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As a majority of healthcare executives reported that they expect their organization’s revenue and patient volume to grow, so will their investments in EHR systems and other healthcare technologies, reported CIT in its Healthcare Industry...

Practice Fusions Adds Name to EHR Interoperability Pledge

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Practice Fusion, a company that developed a cloud-based EHR system, has signed the interoperability pledge sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release on its website. The EHR interoperability pledge...

Using Epic EHR to Survive a Perfect Storm of Regulation

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Much of the attention focusing on the Epic implementation going on at Partners HealthCare focuses on EHR adoption in acute-care settings, but its impact will be especially valuable for its non-acute or post-acute care partners throughout Massachusetts....

DirectTrust Expresses Support for New Meaningful Use Bill

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According to an official press release, DirectTrust has added its organization to the list of healthcare industry groups supporting a new bill that would give healthcare providers more flexibility with meaningful use reporting.* NB. The recently...

AMA Partners with IDEA Labs to Promote Health IT Innovation

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced on its official website that it has partnered with IDEA labs to support health IT innovation and other medical technology developments from student entrepreneurs. IDEA labs is a biotechnology...

Organizations Seek Care Coordination Improvements, Fall Short

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Interest in care coordination improvements fails to have the financial backing necessary for realizing their benefits to providers and patients, according to a recent survey of healthcare professionals. Eighty-six percent of respondents to a...

Majority of Physicians Seeking Prior Authorization in EHRs

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As the healthcare industry continues to move away from paper-based processing and into the digital era, more healthcare provider are seeking electronic prior authorization methods that integrate with their current EHR systems. According to a...

From EHR Use to Information Exchange for Community Health

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Community health centers rely on EHR use for providing care to high-risk patient populations and reporting required quality metrics for the purposes of certification or grant funding. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is looking...

Does Speech Recognition Aid Clinical Documentation Improvement?

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Despite the availability of speech recognition software and natural language processing over the past two decades, research shows limited evidence proving these technologies to have a clearly positive impact on clinical documentation improvement....

CMS Requests Feedback on New eCQMs for Inpatient Hospitals

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting feedback from hospital stakeholders and healthcare organizations on new electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) regarding the use of antipsychotics by older adults in inpatient...

Maine Introduces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

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Earlier this week, Maine enacted a bill that will require healthcare providers to electronically prescribe opioids, according to an official statement from the Office of Governor Robert R. LePage. The reform bill will require all prescribers...

ONC’s Role in MACRA Implementation Becoming More Defined

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Implementing the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requires eligible providers to meet requirements for either the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that both of which require...

Meaningful Use Reporting Bill Draws Support of Industry

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Two industry groups have come out in support of a new bill proposing a 90-day meaningful use reporting period for eligible providers in 2016.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful use for physicians...

Leveraging Health IT for Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Well before the implementation deadline for ICD-10 last October, clinical documentation improvement was a well-established aim of healthcare organizations and providers seeking gains in both clinical efficiency and data integrity. Now with the...