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MedPAC Calls for Alternative Option to Take Place of MIPS

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) called for the cancellation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in a public meeting held on October 5. In its presentation, MedPAC asserted MIPS should be eliminated and replaced...

Team-Based Model Key to Achieving the Quadruple Aim at Reliant

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The key to success in value-based care is sharing the workload, claims the head of Reliant Medical Group.  “One of the things we know need to solve for and we have by no means have is getting away from one person needs to shoulder...

CAQH Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Provider Data Roadmap

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The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) has released a draft of its plan to improve provider data accuracy and issued a call for public comment. CAQH developed the Provider Data Roadmap with Provider Data Action Alliance in order...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

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Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators...

Kansas Hospital Swaps Paragon for athenahealth EHR Replacement

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The Board of Trustees for Hiawatha Hospital Association unanimously voted to move from a Paragon EHR system to an athenahealth platform in an EHR replacement expected to start immediately. The athenahealth EHR replacement will be an effort to...

5 Strategies Driving SHIN-NY Roadmap for Health Data Exchange

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The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health released a health data exchange roadmap outlining the projected evolution for the Statewide Health Information Network for New-York (SHIN-NY) under value-based...

CMS Moves Meaningful Use Attestation System to Secure Portal

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CMS is moving the data reporting process from the EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System to the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNET) to simplify meaningful use attestation for eligible hospitals. The change will go into effect on...

eClinicalWorks Allows Integration with CommonWell, Carequality

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eClinicalWorks will now allow users to connect with both CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality with a new self-service option. Over 400 health systems have already connected to the interoperability service providers in an effort to improve...

VA to Award Cerner EHR Implementation Contract Within 30 Days

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VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the federal agency will award its EHR implementation contract to Cerner Corporation in the next thirty days. The announcement came during the recent Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing last week. The...

US Court Cuts TCS Fine From $940M to $420M in Epic Lawsuit

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Earlier this week, a US court cut the compensatory and punitive damages that major IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) must pay Epic Systems for a trade secret lawsuit by more than half. The Western District Court of Wisconsin issued an...

How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process

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Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has...

96% of Paragon EHR Users Confident About Allscripts Acquisition

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A recent Black Book survey found 96 percent of surveyed Paragon users are confidently optimistic the Allscripts acquisition will improve daily clinical and operational processes and benefit their healthcare organizations. Black Book researchers...

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns from His Position

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HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price has resigned as head of the nation’s healthcare agency after a quickly-erupting travel expenses scandal dominated the news this week. Price, who has strongly advocated for all of the Republican Party’s...

How Effective HIE Use Saves Money, Improves Health Outcomes

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This week, the regional health information organization HEALTHeLINK welcomed its millionth patient participant. Connecting 1,014 healthcare organizations and 4,600 physicians, the health information exchange (HIE) in western New York and has...

2016 PQRS Payment Adjustments Subject to Medicare Final Rule

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CMS recently announced feedback reports on the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURS) containing information about performance and payment adjustments are now available. However,...

NQF Promotes Use of Quality Measures to Improve Health Equity

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a roadmap outlining ways to use care quality measures to improve health equity nationwide. “The health equity roadmap gives the nation a blueprint to eliminate healthcare disparities,” said...

MO Coalition Selects Netsmart for Population Health Management

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The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare is teaming up with Netsmart as the state’s care coordination and population health management solutions provider to support the Healthcare Homes Program. Following the success of...

WI Hospital Launching Epic EHR Replacement After 2 Years of Prep

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Tomah Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Wisconsin will go live with its Epic EHR replacement on October 1 to improve clinical efficiency after nearly two years of planning. TMH officials stated the nearly $3-million EHR replacement process will optimize...

Cerner Named Top EHR Vendor for IT Outsourcing by Black Book

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A new Black Book survey puts Cerner Corporation atop all EHR vendors for it end-to-end, complex health IT outsourcing solutions in hospitals and physician groups across the United States. Researchers polled 1,587 health IT users currently outsourcing...

DoD Completes Third MHS Genesis EHR Implementation

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Cerner recently launched its Department of Defense (DoD) EHR system, MHS Genesis, at the Naval Hospital Bremerton in Seattle, marking the third successful roll out for the pilot. "Over the past several years, members of the Navy Medicine...

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