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Practice Fusion No Longer Offering Free EHR System Software

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Practice Fusion is abandoning the business model that contributed to its popularity and will no longer offer free EHR software to physicians, according to a recent report by CNBC. The decision to charge physicians to use its EHR system software...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid epidemic. These...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

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As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While most...

EHR Adoption Unsuccessful in Reducing Administrative Costs

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EHR adoption has not significantly reduced administrative costs related to billing and insurance activities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at Duke University and Harvard...

DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, to Step Down

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DirectTrust recently announced founding President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, will step down at the end of 2018. The DirectTrust Board of Directors is currently searching for a successor. The nonprofit healthcare industry alliance was created to...

DirectTrust Seeks Changes to ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

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DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, recently requested ONC include mention of the Direct or push model of health data exchange in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The request came as part of Kibbe’s...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program....

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Achieves HIMSS Stage 7 with Epic EHR

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Missouri-based Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently achieved HIMSS Stage 7 certification for advanced use of its Epic EHR system based on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The 859-bed facility is now among the top 6 percent of...

Patient EHR Data Contained in CT HIE to Aid in Suicide Prevention

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Connecticut’s state health information exchange (HIE) — CTHealthLink — will assist in an effort to leverage patient EHR data for improved suicide prevention, according to ShoreLine Times. The HIE will provide centralized patient...

VT Health Information Exchange Improves Following Poor Review

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Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) network has taken steps to improve operations and boost value for patients and providers in the months following a poor review, state officials recently told VTDigger. The Department of Vermont...

Allscripts Sells OneContent EHR Management Solution to Hyland

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Allscripts has signed a definitive deal to sell its OneContent EHR management solution to Hyland Software, according to a recent Allscripts press release. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 once customary closing conditions...

CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements

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The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation and...

New Jersey to Launch State Health Information Exchange Network

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The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is teaming up with the New Jersey Department of Health to develop new infrastructure for improved patient health data exchange through the New Jersey Health Information Network (HIN). NJ HIN will enable...

Poor Staff Training Contributed to Trying Cerner Implementation

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Workarounds, poor staff training, and problems with system stabilization and revenue cycle management were the primary causes of complications during a Cerner implementation at Medical Center Health System (MCHS). MCHS President and CEO Rick...

HIE Use of ADT Notifications Jumped 95% Last Year at SHIN-NY

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HIE use of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications grew by an impressive 95 percent among users of the Statewide Health Information Network (SHIN-NY) from 2016 to 2017, according to the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). NYeC...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the academy...

VA Cerner EHR Contract Negotiations to Be Finalized in February

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After months of delay, VA Cerner EHR contract negotiations are expected to be finalized by the end of February, according to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) John Short in a recent budget call with reporters. In October 2017, VA Secretary David...

SHIEC Health IT Partner Program Grew Significantly in 2017

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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently announced its Strategic Business and Technology (SB&T) partner program grew more than six-fold in 2017. The national collaborative’s health IT company partner...

ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget

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ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to the...

Problems with Cerner EHR Replacement Persist at Banner Health

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Problems with a 2017 Cerner EHR replacement at Banner Health’s Tucson hospitals and clinics have persisted into 2018, according to a report from Arizona Daily Star. The health system first began experiencing difficulties in October 2017...

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