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Accountable Care Organization EHR, HIE Use by the Numbers

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Over the past handful of years, the number of accountable care organizations has increased dramatically and projections foresee continued ACO growth. According to Leavitt Partners, the preceding year closed with 782 ACOs in operation and the...

ONC Beacon Program Highlights EHR Adoption, Use Challenges

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A research program out of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) offers insights into how communities use health IT and EHR adoption to achieve the triple aim of better care, better costs, and overall better patient health....

HELP Committee Passes Patient Centered Care EHR Bill

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee legislation on improved EHR use has passed, according to a public statement from the committee. The bill’s passage was unanimous. Earlier this year, the HELP Committee drafted...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Broadband Hardship Exceptions

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released clarifying information regarding hardship exceptions for meaningful use participants with limited broadband in their regions. In October 2015, CMS released a rule stating that...

AHA Calls for Data Blocking Clarification on Senate HELP Bill

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) needs to clarify and revise provisions regarding data blocking on its recent patient-centered EHR use draft bill, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a...

Hospital Health Information Exchange by the Numbers

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While advancing interoperability is the aim of several current federal health IT initiatives, health information exchange is already occurring. The mechanisms for exchanging health data exchange differ as to their output and usability, but they...

Where is Health Information Exchange, Health IT Headed?

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At the end of last year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced its goal of achieving nationwide health information exchange (HIE) by the end of this year. At a Bipartisan Policy Center event on interoperability...

AHA Seeks Changes to EHR Certification, Quality Reporting

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The future of EHR certification and electronic clinical quality measures have much to gain the experiences of hospitals with EHR use and quality reporting over the past several years. That is the message from the American Hospital Association...

80% of REC Primary Care Providers Succeeded at Meaningful Use

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Nearly 80 percent of all regional extension center (REC) primary care providers have attested to meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs as of the beginning of this year, according to data from the Office of the National Coordination for...

ONC Releases Facts Sheets Connecting HIPAA, Interoperability

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A collaboration between the Offices of Civil Rights and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has produced two fact sheets for covered entities to observe as advancements in interoperability are made. In a post on blog HealthITBuzz,...

Tracking Progress of 5 Major EHR Interoperability Initiatives

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As the industry pushes toward better EHR interoperability, several different projects have emerged. Between privately-funded projects aimed at increasing data exchange and government initiatives using interoperability to achieve a larger end,...

Are Industry Rankings Really Indicative of EHR Usability?

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A high ranking for an EHR might not be indicative of its actual usability. This becomes clear when one compares recent industry rankings with polls and testimony coming straight from users. Just last week, KLAS released its Best in KLAS rankings,...

AMIA Seeks Overhaul of Clinical Quality Measure Guide

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Electronic clinical quality measures need to be doable, useable, and beneficial to the patient experience, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’...

Provider Burnout Increasing Due to Meaningful Use Burdens

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An overwhelming majority of physicians have experienced some sort of provider burnout, in large part due to increasing provider burdens such as meaningful use. According to a recent study from Studer Group, a heaping 90 percent of physicians...

CMS Adds to Guidance on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

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A new response from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to a frequently asked question aims to help eligible providers apply for a meaningful use hardship exception to avoid 2017 payment adjustments. In late December, President...

Industry Groups Respond to Patient-Centered EHR Legislation

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee’s draft legislation for patient-centered EHR use doesn’t go far enough to advocate for patient data access, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families...

CMS Extends Clinical Quality Measure RFI Comment Period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its comment period for its clinical quality measures request for information (RFI). The comment period for the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and Requirements...

Has CMS Failed to Demonstrate Value of Meaningful Use?

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For all the complaints about the EHR Incentive Programs and meaningful use requirements, one raised at a recent town hall meeting on the subject of meaningful use is especially important to determining the future of the program — what is...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Attestation for Medicaid EPs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made a meaningful use alternate attestation method available for certain Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. In a recent CMS email, the...

Epic Systems Sweeps Again in 2015 Best in KLAS EHR Rankings

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KLAS has officially released its 2015/2016 Best in KLAS Rankings, with EHR vendor giant Epic Systems leading the pack. For the sixth straight year in a row, Epic has brought home the Overall Software Suite award. The vendor also received the...