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Nurses Asked to Falsify Patient Health Records at Kansas Hospital

June 15, 2018 - Kansas-based Blue Valley Hospital nurses told CMS inspectors that they were asked to falsify patient health records to include medical complications that would justify keeping patients in the hospital longer to earn Medicare reimbursements, according to the Kansas City Star. Nurses divulged this information to CMS inspectors in an April survey that resulted in the hospital losing its Medicare...


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Most Clinical Trial Participants Support Health Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of clinical trial participants approve of health data sharing among researchers as long as the appropriate safeguards are in place, according to new findings in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Despite the high number...

Duplicate Patient Medical Records Stem from Lagging MPI Process

by Elizabeth Snell

Discrepancies with duplicate patient medical records are often because of a healthcare organization’s lack of data standardization, specifically with the Master Patient Index (MPI) record process, according to a study published in...

NIH Searching for Volunteers Nationwide to Contribute EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Individuals across the country ages 18 and older will soon have the opportunity to share EHR data with researchers and advance individualized precision medicine, treatment, and patient care delivery through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

50% of Physicians Want Better Access to Patient Data in EHR Use

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations may need to address physicians’ EHR use and how easily they have access to patient data if a recent Surescripts survey is any indication. Half of the 300 US physicians surveyed said they are very or extremely satisfied...

Mayo Clinic Cuts Cluttered EHR Data with AWARE EHR Interface

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic is using a new EHR interface powered by ambient intelligence applications to strip away excess EHR data and deliver meaningful information to clinicians for improved clinical decision-making.   Herasevich, MD, et al. noted that...

Could Goal-Directed EHR Functionality Optimize Health Outcomes?

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers should consider creating new EHR functionality that supports goal-directed healthcare rather than problem-oriented healthcare, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center...

Healthcare Orgs Increasingly Value Information Governance

by Kate Monica

More healthcare organizations view information governance (IG) as a business imperative rather than a buzzword, according to a recent survey from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AHIMA presented these findings in...

Texas HIE to Link Social Determinants of Health to Patient EHRs

by Kate Monica

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the state’s health information exchange (HIE) HASA are partnering to launch a pilot project for linking social determinants of health data to patient EHRs. The two San Antonio-based organizations...

Google Study Uses Entire Patient EHR for Predictive Analytics

by Kate Monica

A recent study by researchers from Google, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Stanford University, and University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) found representations of a comprehensive patient EHR using Fast Healthcare Interoperability...

AHRQ Challenge to Enable EHR Integration of Patient Reported Data

by Kate Monica

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently announced plans to launch a challenge competition in fall of 2018 to develop health IT capable of enabling EHR integration of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data. The competition...

4 Ways to Reduce EHR Use-Related Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

Most healthcare providers, patients, and industry stakeholders agree EHR technology has the potential to yield marked improvements in population health management, predictive medicine, and clinical decision-making. However, EHR use also introduces...

ONC, CMMI Institute Release Patient Data Quality Framework

by Kate Monica

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...

6 Use Cases for EHR Data Utilization in Public, Community Health

by Kate Monica

EHR data could allow for dramatic improvements in addressing community health challenges, according to a recent report released by the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers presented six use cases...

AMA CEO Outlines Problems with EHR Use, Clinical Data

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders should turn their focus to organizing and presenting EHR data in a meaningful way to allow for more efficient patient care delivery, according to American Medical Association (AMA) Executive Vice President & CEO James Madara,...

CAQH Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Provider Data Roadmap

by Kate Monica

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...

Premier Urges CMS to Share Data for Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

The Premier healthcare alliance made a total of ten recommendations to House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to provide regulatory relief to the healthcare industry, which include monthly data sharing by CMS as part of the...

MeHI $193K Awards to CEHRT Vendors Target Behavioral Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Four certified EHR technology (CEHRT) vendors are the recipients of a combined $193,000 from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech to support behavioral health data reporting across the state. The four CEHRT vendors — eHana,...

Evidence Supports Push for Social Determinants in EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations today are expanding their ideas of what influences a patient’s health beyond orange pill bottles and family history. Increasingly, physicians are adamant about the underlying influence of social determinants of...

How Strong Health Data Governance Ensures EHR Data Integrity

by Kate Monica

Health data governance best practices are necessary for ensuring providers are getting the most out of their EHR systems. Maintaining the principles of data governance and implementing strategies to improve EHR data quality, use, and exchange...

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