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Mayo Clinic Epic EHR Implementation Launch Running Smoothly

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The recent Epic EHR implementation go-live at Mayo Clinic is so far running smoothly, Mayo Clinic clinicians told KTTC. The EHR system go-live at the health system’s Rochester, Minnesota care sites went live on May 5. Mayo Clinic’s...

CMS Updates 2018 MIPS Participation Status Lookup Tool

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Clinicians can now look up their Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation status through a simplified online lookup tool, CMS officials announced today during a webinar on participation criteria for the second year of the Quality...

Bill Allowing Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes Senate

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The bi-partisan Improving Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S.1732) was passed by the Senate earlier today, allowing CMS to offer incentives to providers that implement behavioral health EHRs. Introduced by Senator Sheldon...

Cerner EHR to Streamline Care at IN State Psychiatric Facilities

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The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will implement Cerner EHR and revenue cycle management solutions at six of its inpatient psychiatric facilities. The Cerner system will assist in streamlining clinical and administrative...

2018 VA MISSION Act to Improve Health Data Exchange for Veterans

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The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently passed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) of 2018, which includes policies designed to improve health data exchange at VA care sites to enable...

Surescripts Sees Health Data Exchange Growth with 26% Increase

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The Surescripts interoperability network saw a 26 percent increase in its secure health data exchange transactions in 2017, enabling 13.7 total transactions, the company reported in its 2017 National Progress Report. Surescripts increased the...

Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Will Have Immediate Impact

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Health system executives at each of the 12 organizations that were early adopters of Apple Health Records predict that the EHR data viewer will have an immediate positive impact on patient engagement, interoperability, and health IT innovation,...

CMS Rural Health Strategy Plan Leverages Meaningful Measures

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A newly-announced CMS Rural Health Strategy leverages the Meaningful Measures initiative to reduce administrative burden and avoid the unintended consequences of federal policy on rural providers. The Rural Health Strategy also aims to improve...

MU Health Care Extends Cerner EHR to 100-Bed Community Hospital

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Jefferson City-based Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) will implement Cerner EHR with the help of University of Missouri (MU) Health Care in an effort to improve health data exchange and care coordination between organizations. MU Health Care...

How Front-End Speech Recognition Adoption Impacts EHR Usability

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It was previously thought that widespread adoption of cloud-based front-end speech recognition systems would have helped solve certain EHR usability issues, according to KLAS research. However, more recent data shows that if an adopted tool does...

Sequoia Project To Launch PULSE Health IT Platform Nationwide

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The Sequoia Project recently announced it will develop a nationwide deployment plan for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) health IT platform that will expand the reach of the disaster response system. ONC and the Office...

Elliott Management Offers Nearly $7B to Acquire athenahealth

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Hedge fund Elliott Management recently made an offer to acquire athenahealth for $160 a share, according to CNBC. Elliott Management founder Paul Singer had a 9.2 percent stake in athenahealth in 2017. Currently, Elliott’s stake is about...

CMS Working to Change Status Quo of High Administrative Burden

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CMS is currently taking steps to reduce the high level of administrative burden and excessive reporting requirements detracting from clinicians’ ability to focus on patient care, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at the AHA...

Potential VA Secretary Nom May Finish Cerner EHR Contract Talks

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National Association of Veterans Affairs Physicians and Dentists (NAVAPD) President Samuel Spagnalo, MD, may be in the running to serve as the new VA secretary and carry Cerner EHR contract negotiations across the finish line, according to DisabledVeterans.org....

AHIMA Fuels Clinical Documentation Improvement with New Toolkits

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Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps healthcare organizations capture meaningful data for improved quality reporting and clinician productivity. In an effort to ensure that the entire patient record is documented properly, AHIMA released...

Mayo Clinic Prepares for Early Challenges During Epic EHR Go-Live

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Mayo Clinic is making efforts to accommodate the inevitable period of adjustment that will follow its Epic EHR implementation go-live at Rochester care sites by enrolling staff members in rigorous training and cutting back on appointments, according...

Allscripts Acquires HealthGrid, Grows Patient Engagement Platform

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Allscripts recently announced it has acquired mobile enterprise patient engagement solutions company HealthGrid Holding Company in an effort to further expand its FollowMyHealth patient engagement solution offerings. The health IT company plans...

Allscripts EHR Receives Top Rankings in Interoperability, RCM

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Healthcare systems utilizing EHR-centric vendors and single-source solutions reported higher satisfaction ratings, with Allscripts EHR coming home with the highest ranking in Black Book Research’s Q1 2018 poll. The majority of hospital...

Physician Burnout Is a Problem at 83% of Healthcare Organizations

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Eighty-three percent of clinicians, clinical leaders, and healthcare executives view physician burnout as a problem at their organizations, according to findings in a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst spring 2018 report about burnout...

Trinity Health Selects Epic EHR, Rev Cycle Management System

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Trinity Health recently announced plans to implement a single, integrated Epic EHR and revenue cycle management system enterprise-wide. The Epic EHR system will help to improve patient and provider satisfaction at all 94 hospitals part of the...

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