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HIMSS: Stark Law Hinders Care Coordination, Health Data Exchange

August 29, 2018 - The Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the Stark Law, places unnecessary administrative burdens on providers while hindering care coordination and health data exchange, according to a letter from HIMSS to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. In response to the federal agency’s June request for information (RFI), HIMSS advised CMS to change Stark Law regulations to ensure...


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Epic EHR Fuels Yale New Haven Hospital Care Coordination Center

by Kate Monica

Yale New Haven Hospital is using Epic EHR to provide detailed data about patient health, available beds, bed-cleaning time, transport time, hospital safety, and quality to streamline processes at its care coordination center, according to...

How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Identifying ways to curb the nationwide opioid epidemic is a top priority among state health departments and federal entities including CMS and ONC. An opioid roadmap released by CMS earlier this summer listed several strategies for...

NE Health Center to Launch EHR Replacement for Connected Care

by Kate Monica

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...

Virginia Launches Emergency Department Care Coordination Program

by Kate Monica

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...

AHA Seeks Changes to Stark Law to Support Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

Stark Law in its current form impedes care coordination and limits physicians’ ability to transition to a value-based care system, according to AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. Pollack emphasized the need for legislators and...

Holzer Health Systems Goes Live with athenahealth EHR System

by Kate Monica

Holzer Health System recently went live with an athenahealth EHR system that includes practice management and patient engagement solutions for improved clinical efficiency. According to health system officials, the athenahealth EHR will...

OCHIN Partnership to Improve EHR Use for Epic, NextGen Users

by Kate Monica

Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN) will integrate electronic consultation services (eConsult) into its Epic and NextGen EHR systems in an effort to streamline EHR use for providers and enable single sign on...

North Carolina Health System to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

North Carolina-based Columbus Regional Healthcare System (CRHS) recently announced it will soon begin a Cerner EHR implementation project to boost care coordination across its acute and ambulatory care facilities. CRHS will also implement...

EHR System Customization Benefits Patient-Centered Medical Homes

by Kate Monica

EHR system customization can help to streamline the implementation of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM.) PCMHs are designed...

Communication, Health Data Exchange Lags Between Hospitals, PCPs

by Kate Monica

Hospitals need to increase health data exchange and communication with primary care providers (PCPs) to improve care coordination, boost patient health outcomes, and reduce hospital readmission rates, according to former CMS official and...

Leveraging Provider Communication for Better Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

With EHR systems now commonplace in hospitals and health systems nationwide, many healthcare organizations are turning their attention and resources toward EHR optimization to improve care coordination. Before Vanderbilt University...

Epic EHR to Improve Interoperability for MultiCare Spokane

by Kate Monica

Washington-based MultiCare Spokane will go live with an Epic EHR implementation early this summer in an effort to improve interoperability with Providence Washington Health & Services and Kaiser Permanente. The $25 million Epic...

Allscripts, CarePort Health Joining for Improved Care Coordination

by Elizabeth Snell

Allscripts company CarePort Health will now be managing the Allscripts Care Management solution and services portfolio in an effort to have stronger care coordination offerings to providers, payers and ACOs, according to a...

Health IT Use, Workarounds Among Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

by Kate Monica

EHR system workarounds, lack of health IT use safety, and problems with internal care coordination were named among the top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a report from ECRI Institute. ECRI...

South Carolina Health System Completes 4-Year Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

South Carolina-based Self Regional Healthcare recently completed an Epic implementation across all its hospitals and physician practices after four years of work on the project, according to Index-Journal. Self Memorial Hospital Emergency...

Carequality Framework Membership Exceeds 600K Providers

by Kate Monica

Carequality recently announced more than 600,000 healthcare providers are utilizing its trusted health data exchange framework to enable network-to-network connectivity. Membership of the Sequoia Project initiative includes...

GaHIN Awards $500K in Grants to Improve Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to its members in 2017 to help providers connect to the HIE and expand health data exchange statewide. Over the past three years, GaHIN’s...

Two GA Healthcare Centers to Share Single Epic EHR Platform

by Kate Monica

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...

AMIA, Pew Charitable Trust Advocate for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

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...

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