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EHR Adoption Rises, User Satisfaction Falls for Ophthalmologists

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EHR adoption among ophthalmologists nearly doubled between 2006 and 2016, but user satisfaction with financial and clinical productivity has declined, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.  A research team headed by Michele...

DOJ Recovered $2.4B in Healthcare False Claims Act Cases in 2017

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered approximately $2.4 billion from healthcare False Claims Act cases in 2017, according to an announcement by the federal agency this month. In total, DOJ recovered $3.7 billion in settlements and judgements...

Collaborating for EHR Usability Improvements, Patient Safety

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A recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts addressed how collaborating for EHR usability improvements can benefit patient care and safety. In the 32-page report, authors acknowledged that increased EHR use in healthcare has led to clinical efficiency...

EHR Integration Remains Top Priority for CHIME CIOs in 2018

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Thirty-eight percent of CHIME CIOs named optimizing EHR integration with other hospital systems as a top priority heading into 2018, according to a recent Spok survey. Researchers collected survey responses from 46 CHIME CIOs in June of 2017...

Two GA Healthcare Centers to Share Single Epic EHR Platform

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Piedmont Healthcare and Shepherd Center recently signed on to share an Epic EHR platform in a hospital-to-hospital hosting agreement. As part of the agreement, Piedmont will extend its Epic EHR to Shepherd Center to offer patients a single medical...

Review Reveals Problems with Vermont Health Information Exchange

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Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) is suffering from consistent and significant financial and administrative problems, according to a recent review by HealthTech solutions. The exchange is operated by Vermont Information Technology...

Indian Health Service Requests Information for EHR Modernization

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently issued a request for information (RFI) for its upcoming EHR modernization in an effort to improve interoperability. The HHS-affiliated federal agency clarified that the RFI is not a request for proposal...

What Eligible Clinicians Should Expect from MIPS in 2018

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After several discussions between policymakers, stakeholders, and clinicians throughout 2017, CMS released the final rule for the second year of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The final...

New Bill to Improve Patient Access to Health Information

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Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) recently introduced a bipartisan bill intended to give medical record clearinghouses the ability to improve patient access to health information as well as makes claims data available for analysis...

3 Upcoming MIPS Deadlines Clinicians Need to Know in 2018

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With the start of the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rapidly approaching, eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) need to keep an eye on several deadlines. The second year of QPP...

Rural CO Hospital to Use MEDHOST EHR for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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A critical access hospital (CAH) in Colorado recently met the requirements to successfully attest for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 using MEDHOST EHR. Mt. San Rafael Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the country to attest for Stage...

Former National Coordinator DeSalvo Joins UT Dell Med School

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Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will join the University of Texas (UT) Austin Dell Medical School faculty in January. DeSalvo was appointed National Coordinator by former President Barack...

Researchers to Benefit from Customizable Patient EHR Data Consent

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A new JAMIA study found many patients have an interest in interactive electronic consent (e-consent) applications and want more detailed information about EHR data use in clinical research. Harle et al. conducted a series of 42 think-aloud interviews...

OIG Recommends Quality Payment Program Management Changes

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A follow-up investigation of Quality Payment Program (QPP) management by CMS conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) yielded two recommendations to improve program implementation and integrity. OIG first conducted a review of CMS’s...

Recognizing Healthcare Interoperability as a Moving Target

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Verbs used to describe work on interoperability (e.g., achieve, reach) give the impression that the task once done is complete. But the emergence of new technology and data sets with the potential to positively impact care delivery renders that...

AMIA, Pew Charitable Trust Advocate for EHR Reporting Program

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The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a joint letter to congressional appropriators requesting they ensure ONC has adequate funding to implement the EHR reporting program. In the...

ONC, CMMI Institute Release Patient Data Quality Framework

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The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Institute recently announced its Patient Demographic Data Quality (PDDQ) framework is now publically available to help healthcare organizations reduce patient matching errors. Developed in partnership...

Cerner Protests $62M Epic EHR Implementation at UI Medical Center

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Cerner recently filed a protest against the $62 million Epic EHR implementation contract awarded by the University of Illinois (UI) medical center, claiming the bidding process was unfair and potentially influenced by a conflict of interest....

Standardizing Adverse Drug Reaction Data in EHR Documentation

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A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) provides a means for improving EHR documentation of adverse drug reactions. “Well-developed documentation standards for EHR systems exist in some...

Cancer Practice to Pay $26M for False Meaningful Use Attestations

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21st Century Oncology reached a settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that the healthcare organization submitted false or inflated meaningful use attestations. The $26 million settlement will also resolve separate allegations...

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