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3 Ways to Promote Clinician Engagement During EHR Implementation

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EHR implementation projects are notoriously stressful for hospital management and staff as providers, administrators, IT staff, and leadership adjust to changes in daily operations. Without sufficient EHR training and communication...

CMS Proposed Rule Requires Certified EHR Technology Use by ACOs

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A CMS proposed rule intended to change the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) to prioritize beneficiary engagement, EHR interoperability, curbing opioid misuse, and other federal initiatives will require that eligible...

athenahealth Acquisition Bid Progresses to Second Round

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The possibility of an athenahealth acquisition may be increasing as three potential buyers enter a second round of bidding. UnitedHealth Group, TPG, and Bain Capital are among the second round of bidders, according to Seeking...

Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

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Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care...

EHR Patient Data from Rochester RHIO Fueled HPV Vaccine Study

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Rochester RHIO is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assess the impact of HPV vaccinations by contributing EHR patient data to researchers. The CDC-sponsored project is spearheaded by the Center for Community...

Breaking Down How the Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Works

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The Apple Health Records EHR data viewer released in 2018 has steadily grown in popularity over the past eight months, and industry leaders already expect the feature will make waves in health IT innovation, patient engagement, and...

ONC Continues Overhaul of Health IT Certification Program Testing

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ONC will no longer support and maintain the electronic prescribing testing tool approved for use for the Health IT Certification Program — instead, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) will take over the...

Apple Health Record Participation Grows By 9 Hospitals, Clinics

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Nine hospitals and clinics including locations part of the Baptist Health network in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois have signed on to allow patients to access EHR data through the Apple Health Records data viewer. In addition to Baptist...

Health IT Now, AAFP Urge ONC to Publish Information Blocking Rules

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Stakeholders including Health IT Now, AAFP, and AMIA are disappointed that ONC has not published clear information blocking regulations per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) almost two years after the piece of legislation...

CMS Administrator Verma Pushes Paperless Healthcare System by 2020

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Problems with interoperability and health data exchange have driven many physicians to continue to rely on fax machines when sharing patient health information, said CMS Seema Verma at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6. In a...

How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

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The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased...

Allscripts Will Sell Stake in Netsmart, Ending 2-Year Partnership

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Allscripts will sell its joint venture stake in behavioral health EHR company Netsmart after 2 years of owning about 50 percent of the company, according to Allscripts President Rick Poulton in a recent earnings call with...

Few WI Providers Using EHR-Integrated PDMP Link to Full Potential

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Most users of Wisconsin’s EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) are not taking full advantage of all features of the PDMP system, according to a recent user survey by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and...

NE Health Center to Launch EHR Replacement for Connected Care

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The Lexington Regional Health Center (LRHC) board of directors recently issued authorization to move forward on plans to launch an EHR replacement project to swap out the disparate systems in LRHC’s hospital and clinic. The board of...

Initial Providers Go Live with CommonWell-Carequality Connection

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CommonWell has met all Carequality requirements to launch a CommonWell-Carequality connection, and initial providers using Cerner and Greenway Health users have gone live with the connection intended to advance seamless nationwide health...

CMS Final Rule Incentivizes Interoperability, Health Data Exchange

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The CMS final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System includes policies that rebrand the meaningful use programs as the promoting interoperability (PI) program...

NIST Offers Guidance for Securing Patient EHRs on Mobile Apps

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) detailed best practices for sharing, collecting, storing, or processing patient EHRs on mobile devices in new guidance intended to promote health data security. “Healthcare...

MI Physicians Struggle to Access Patient EHRs Through State PDMP

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Less than half of Michigan physicians can access the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through their EHR systems a year after the state spent $2.8 million upgrading the PDMP to support EHR integration. Michigan state...

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

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While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare...

Virginia Launches Emergency Department Care Coordination Program

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Virginia recently launched its emergency department care coordination (EDCC) program to connect all emergency departments in the Commonwealth for streamlined communication and collaboration across healthcare facilities. The program...

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