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South Dakota Health System Goes Live with Epic Implementation

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Regional Health in South Dakota recently went live with its Epic implementation at all hospitals, clinics, urgent care facilities, and specialty treatment centers in its network. “Every time you visit a Regional Health clinic or hospital...

CMS Issues Guidance on Information Blocking Prevention in MIPS

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CMS recently released information clarifying three statements making up the prevention of information blocking attestation reporting requirement part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). All eligible clinicians reporting on the...

Meaningful Measures Initiative to Focus on Care Quality Measures

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CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a new approach to care quality metrics that will only involve evaluating core issues most vital to high-quality care delivery and improved patient outcomes called Meaningful Measures. Verma announced the...

Cerner Seeks EHR Contracts with More Government Agencies

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Cerner Corporation recently held its third quarter 2017 earnings call with investors and expressed an interest in landing EHR contracts with additional federal agencies beyond the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs...

Specialist Physicians Counter Call for Eliminating MIPS

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Members of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine recently submitted a letter to Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) Chairman Francis J. Crosson, MD, arguing CMS should improve the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) rather than...

Meaningful Use, Regulatory Burden Costing Providers Billions

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A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year. Researchers determined the...

HIE Use Cuts Costs, Increases Productivity in STI Treatment

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Health information exchange (HIE) use can lead to cost savings and increased productivity in sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and management, according to a new study published in Health Information Management Journal. Haque et...

EHR System Tech Support Greatly Impacts Patient Care Delivery

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Health IT companies that do not offer clinically-based EHR system tech support, either internally or through an outsourced support firm, have far less opportunities to positively affect patient care through EHR use, a new Black Book survey found....

VA to Complete Cerner EHR Implementation in 7 to 8 Years

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will fully complete the Cerner EHR implementation and transition all VA patient health records to the new system in seven to eight years, according to testimony from VA Secretary David A. Shulkin, MD at...

DirectTrust Health Data Exchange Likely to Hit 170M Transactions

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DirectTrust announced it expects to reach 170 million cumulative health data exchange transactions for 2017 following a period of continued steady growth in users, addresses, and transactions in the third quarter of the year. The healthcare industry...

Federal Judge Dismisses Case Over VA Cerner EHR Contract

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by San Diego-based health IT company CliniComp to overturn the VA decision to select Cerner Corporation as its commercial EHR provider. CliniComp sued the federal government in August for awarding...

The Importance of Efficient EHR Use in Behavioral Healthcare

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While healthcare industry stakeholders agree on the benefits of EHR use and health data exchange among hospitals and primary care facilities, EHR use in behavioral health settings is still uncommon and lagging behind.   One behavioral and...

WA Army Medical Center Completes MHS Genesis EHR Implementation

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The Leidos Partnership for Defense announced the MHS Genesis EHR implementation has successfully been deployed at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. The launch marks the fourth successful EHR implementation for the Department...

Regenstrief Begins Two-Year Study of Emergency Department HIE Use

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The Regenstrief Institute is launching a multi-year study into the effect of health information exchange (HIE) use on patient outcomes in emergency departments.   Scientists at the institute will use a two-year grant from the Agency for...

Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability

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A new eHealth Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers in 2017 Survey on Access to Patient Information gathered responses from 107...

athenahealth Layoffs Impact 500 Employees in Attempt to Cut Costs

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athenahealth is eliminating around 500 of its 5,600 employees as part of a plan to cut costs under pressure from an activist investor, according to a report in The Boston Globe. The athenahealth layoffs affected about 9 percent of its workforce,...

athenahealth EHR Users Report Financial Gains 5% Over Baseline

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athenahealth recently announced a period of continued growth and improvement, reporting its EHR users have experienced average financial gains of 5 percent over baseline. Specifically, the health IT company stated users in the community hospital...

Community Hospitals Switch Paragon EHR for CPSI EHR Replacement

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Two community hospitals have chosen to switch from Paragon EHR systems to CPSI-owned systems in EHR replacements based heavily on physician referrals. These EHR replacements come after the recent Allscripts-McKesson acquisition in which Allscripts...

LOINC Director Advises Restraint in Health Data Standardization

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A recent op-ed by LOINC and Health Data Standards Director at the Regenstrief Center Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, MS, cautioned healthcare organizations against standardizing all types of health data. While health data standardization enhances interoperability,...

UVA Researchers Recommend Using EHRs for Reduced Medical Testing

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Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and other universities have developed a plan to cut unnecessary medical testing in an effort to save money and improve patient safety, satisfaction, and health outcomes in part by...

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