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Shulkin Details Planned 2018 VA EHR Modernization Activities

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VA Secretary David Shulkin recently released a statement delving into the specifics of a VA budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and the department’s EHR modernization plans and other health IT investments. The FY 2018 budget submission...

Enabling the IT Help Desk to Support Effective EHR, HIT Use

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In an increasingly competitive healthcare market, patient expectations and the demand for care data is rising. EHR optimization and system upgrades stand out as top budgetary priorities, but IT departments struggle to keep both end users and...

Cerner Population Health Management Platform Gains Health System

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Cerner recently announced Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) will implement the EHR vendor’s population health management platform HealtheIntent for improved coordinated care. The platform will facilitate care management for more than 12...

IdenTrust Recognized for Excellence in Health Data Exchange

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Solutions vendor IdenTrust yesterday announced it has been recognized for excellence in enabling secure health data exchange by DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC.) IdenTrust earned full re-accreditation...

AHA, HIMSS Discuss CMS Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and HIMSS have voiced their support for the CMS 2018 proposed rule simplifying the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians and eligible clinicians. The two tracks of QPP—the Merit-Based Incentive...

Epic Clinical Documentation Module Utilizes AI Solution

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Epic’s clinical documentation improvement (CDI) module NoteReader will now utilize artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for automated physician feedback. M*Model and its embedded M*Modal Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD)...

CMS Rule Simplifies Quality Payment Program Requirements

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CMS yesterday issued an unpublished version of a proposed rule modifying the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), as required by MACRA, in an effort to simplify the program. Simplifying QPP will benefit small, independent, and rural...

How Surescripts Approaches Patient Safety Improvements

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Accurate patient identification and data retrieval is crucial to ensuring patient safety in care delivery. The potential repercussions of misidentification range from adverse drug reactions to inadvertent patient harm resulting from unknown allergies...

Two New Healthix HIE Connections Improve Patient EHR Exchange

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The health information exchange (HIE) Healthix in New York recently connected to Northwell Health and Mount Sinai Health System using InterSystems Healthshare information exchange platform to enable improved patient data exchange. The integration...

Doctor Shares Components of a Successful EHR Implementation

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In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, the former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group Robert M. Pearl, MD relayed his experiences installing an Epic EHR system ten years ago and the factors responsible for a successful EHR implementation....

AAFP Requests Simplified Quality Payment Program Requirements

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting the federal organization simplify the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This feedback was included as part of the academy’s response to a CMS 2018...

Informatics Take Over at the Office of the National Coordinator

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A new post by Don Rucker, MD offers healthcare professionals insight into the healthcare and informatics experiences of the newest National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In an article on ONC’s blog, Rucker weighs in on...

ONC, CMS to Take Part in Provider Data Accuracy Alliance

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A multi-stakeholder alliance convened by CAQH will meet to discuss and develop a roadmap for improving provider data accuracy throughout the summer of 2017. Accurate provider information improves the efficiency of various fundamental processes...

VA Receives $65M in Funding for Cerner EHR Implementation

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The House Appropriations Committee recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, allotting $78.3 billion in discretionary funding for VA healthcare modernization and improvements....

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use. AHA...

AMIA Supports Less Aggressive CMS 2015 CEHRT Timeline

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments supporting a CMS proposed rule that impacts hospital implementations of certified EHR technology.* Editor's note: Portions of this article have been updated...

Health Data Exchange Initiative to Focus on Public Health

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Two organizations recently announced a new National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) aimed at improving interoperability and collaboration between health and human services in the US. With the help of a $12 million grant from the Kresge Foundation,...

NC Health System Adds Epic Patient Monitoring Technology

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Novant Health is the latest to join a handful of other healthcare organizations as users of Epic’s newest patient monitoring technology. The North Carolina provider will use Epic’s Healthy Planet link to share dashboard information...

OIG Estimates $729.4M in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

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CMS overpaid an estimated $729.4 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who failed to meet meaningful use requirements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced. In a report published Monday,...

EHR Use, Health Data Exchange to Thrive Despite ACA Repeal

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A recent article in Harvard Business Review outlines opportunities for patients and providers to improve the healthcare system despite the imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among other observations, authors Frank Baitman and Kenneth...

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