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Cerner, Epic EHR Legacy Replacements Aid Patient Accounting Needs

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Healthcare organizations are starting to migrate away from legacy patient accounting solutions in search of more seamless clinical integration, often turning to Cerner and Epic EHR options, according to recent KLAS research. While each system...

Early Praise for CMS Proposed Rule to Promote Interoperability

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As part of a new proposed rule, CMS is re-naming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability” to reflect the federal agency’s focus on improving health data exchange and reducing administrative burden on providers,...

Leveraging Provider Communication for Better Care Coordination

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With EHR systems now commonplace in hospitals and health systems nationwide, many healthcare organizations are turning their attention and resources toward EHR optimization to improve care coordination. Before Vanderbilt University Medical Center...

CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Changes to Promote Interoperability

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As part of an effort to overhaul the EHR Incentive Programs, CMS is renaming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability.” The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category...

Senate May Postpone VA Secretary Confirmation Hearing

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The Senate may postpone the confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, MD, to take the helm as the new VA Secretary in place of former secretary David Shulkin, MD, according to Washington Post. This decision to delay Jackson’s confirmation...

VA Cerner EHR Contract Will Advance Despite Leadership Changes

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VA will continue working to finalize the Cerner EHR contract despite former VA CIO Scott Blackburn and former VA Secretary David Shulkin’s sudden departure from the federal department, Blackburn stated at a recent Government Information...

Interoperability, Better Functionality Top EHR Replacement Factors

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Dissatisfaction with current EHR systems, inefficient workflows, and the need for greater interoperability and functionality are often key reasons why healthcare organizations may opt for an EHR replacement, according to a literature review published...

MI Hospital Reduces EHR Use in ICU with Epic Telemedicine Tool

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Michigan-based Beaumont Hospital is utilizing an EHR-integrated Epic telemedicine tool to present critical health data about ICU patients on monitors outside hospital rooms in an effort to improve clinical efficiency and reduce EHR use for providers....

Epic EHR to Improve Interoperability for MultiCare Spokane

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Washington-based MultiCare Spokane will go live with an Epic EHR implementation early this summer in an effort to improve interoperability with Providence Washington Health & Services and Kaiser Permanente. The $25 million Epic implementation...

Physicians Seek MIPS Changes, Reduced Administrative Burden

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Forty-four medical associations, groups, and societies recently issued a letter to CMS urging the federal agency to reduce the 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality reporting period from a calendar year to a minimum of 90 days...

Enhancing Patient Care with Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) ensures that health services are accurately documented and helps healthcare coders and physicians work toward improved patient care while also streamlining productivity. When meaningful clinical data is...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Applications Now Available

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Hardship exception applications for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in meaningful use are now available, CMS announced today. Eligible hospitals can submit hardship exception applications to avoid 2019...

HITAC Approves 9 Healthcare Interoperability Recommendations

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Nine recommendations from the US Core Data for Interoperability Task Force (TF) were approved by the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) earlier this week, updating healthcare interoperability elements that vendors must follow....

Cerner EHR Partly Blamed for Hospital Billing Issues, Bankruptcy

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Tulare Regional Medical Center’s former management company — Healthcare Conglomerate Associates (HCCA) — has pointed to problems with the hospital’s Cerner EHR as responsible for ongoing cash flow and payroll issues. HCCA,...

Epic, Cerner Win Most EHR Contracts Among Community Hospitals

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Epic and Cerner won more EHR contracts with community hospitals than any other vendor over the past 12 months, according to an April 2018 KLAS report. The report focused on the EHR selection, consideration, and purchasing decisions of standalone...

Lean Methodology Reduces Provider EHR Use by 1 Hour per Day

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Utilizing Lean methodology to redesign inefficient, first-generation EHR systems can help to improve clinical documentation, boost provider satisfaction, and cut provider EHR use by almost one hour per day, according to new research published...

Health IT Safety Collaborative Can Aid EHR Use, Patient Safety

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Gathering input from all types of healthcare stakeholders is critical to addressing potential issues with EHR use, which will in turn help to improve patient care and reduce provider burden, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. Alert fatigue,...

IL Procurement Board Recommends Voiding UI Epic EHR Contract

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UPDATE: On April 20, Epic released a new statement about the Illinois Procurement Policy Board's recommendations to void its UI Hospitals EHR implementation contract.  An Illinois Procurement Policy Board has recommended voiding...

Two-thirds of US Hospitals Achieved Upper HIMSS EMRAM Adoption

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By the end of 2017, 66.7 percent of US hospitals reached either Stage 5 or Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), according to HIMSS Analytics data. HIMSS EMRAM adoption shows how organizations are moving...

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