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Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

by Kate Monica

Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care...

Breaking Down How the Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Works

by Kate Monica

The Apple Health Records EHR data viewer released in 2018 has steadily grown in popularity over the past eight months, and industry leaders already expect the feature will make waves in health IT innovation, patient engagement, and...

Health IT Now, AAFP Urge ONC to Publish Information Blocking Rules

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders including Health IT Now, AAFP, and AMIA are disappointed that ONC has not published clear information blocking regulations per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) almost two years after the piece of legislation...

CMS Administrator Verma Pushes Paperless Healthcare System by 2020

by Kate Monica

Problems with interoperability and health data exchange have driven many physicians to continue to rely on fax machines when sharing patient health information, said CMS Seema Verma at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6. In a...

How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased...

Initial Providers Go Live with CommonWell-Carequality Connection

by Kate Monica

CommonWell has met all Carequality requirements to launch a CommonWell-Carequality connection, and initial providers using Cerner and Greenway Health users have gone live with the connection intended to advance seamless nationwide health...

CMS Final Rule Incentivizes Interoperability, Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The CMS final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System includes policies that rebrand the meaningful use programs as the promoting interoperability (PI) program...

CRISP HIE Adopts API Infrastructure to Boost Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP) health information exchange (HIE) recently adopted an application programming interface (API) gateway into its infrastructure to improve health data exchange and EHR interoperability for...

DirectTrust Appoints New CEO to Head Health Data Exchange Alliance

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust recently appointed DataFile Technologies Director of Strategy and Interoperability Scott Stuewe as the its new President and CEO to advance health data exchange among member organizations. Stuewe succeeds former DirectTrust...

FDA Provides Guidance for EHR Data Use in Clinical Investigations

by Kate Monica

FDA released new guidance this month intended to inform EHR data use in clinical investigations, ensure EHR data quality and integrity, promote interoperability between EHR systems and electronic data capture (EDC) systems, and relay FDA...

EHNAC TEFCA Accreditation Program to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) recently collaborated with WEDI, eHI, eP3 Foundation, and several other healthcare organizations to establish a Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program (TEAP) to promote...

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Pledges to Cut Provider Burden

by Kate Monica

In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut...

Genevieve Morris Heads VA EHR Modernization Oversight Panel

by Kate Monica

Principal Deputy National Coordinator Genevieve Morris has been selected to spearhead the new Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM) — an oversight panel responsible for ensuring the Cerner VA EHR modernization...

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Changes, Administrative Relief

by Kate Monica

CMS has proposed key changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) intended to reduce administrative burden, shift the focus from process-based measures to outcomes-based measures, and promote EHR interoperability. The 2019 QPP proposed...

How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry...

Clinical Efficiency, Costs Key in athenahealth EHR Replacements

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving overall clinical efficiency, streamlining administrative processes, and avoiding upfront costs have been key drivers in athenahealth EHR replacements that have occurred in 2018. Montana-based Mineral Community Hospital (MCH)...

EHR Integration Aided with Patient Intake Management

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations can greatly benefit from EHR integration tools, such as patient intake management solutions that eliminate duplicative processes and also raise patient satisfaction levels, a recent KLAS report...

MHS GENESIS EHR System at Oak Harbor Care Site Passes Inspection

by Kate Monica

Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) is the first MHS GENESIS EHR system user to successfully complete a Joint Commission (JC) and Navy Medicine Medical Inspection General (Med IG) accreditation survey and inspection process. In...

MEDITECH Extends CommonWell Interoperability to OH Hospital

by Kate Monica

MEDITECH will extend CommonWell interoperability services to Ohio-based Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) to improve health data exchange and care coordination among providers. The non-profit community hospital is among the first to...

Focal Areas for Improving Patient Matching in Provider Settings

by Elizabeth Snell

Accurate patient identification is a critical aspect of healthcare, especially as healthcare organizations are implementing new EHRs and connecting to HIEs in the push toward nationwide interoperability. Patient matching issues can occur...

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