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Indiana Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Tied to Medicaid Meaningful Use

January 16, 2018 - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill recently filed a request to dismiss a lawsuit brought against 62 Indiana hospitals for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme involving the release of patient EHRs to meet meaningful use requirements for the state’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The two South Bend attorneys that filed the lawsuit — Michael Misch...


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Review Reveals Problems with Vermont Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

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...

62 Hospitals Sued for Overbilled Patient EHRs, Falsified Claims

by Kate Monica

Sixty-two Indiana hospitals are being sued in a federal civil lawsuit for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme by overbilling for the release of patient EHRs. Unsealed court documents revealed the hospitals allegedly...

1.3M Veterans Opt Into Health Data Exchange with Private Sector

by Kate Monica

More than 1.3 million veterans have opted in to allow the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to participate in health data exchange for improved care coordination with providers in the private sector. By allowing their health data to be accessible...

eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use

by Kate Monica

This week, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for both providers and patients. The health IT company today announced a new partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD allowing providers to use the...

Halamka: EHR 2.0 Will Improve Usability, Patient Satisfaction

by Kate Monica

A recent blog post by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, predicted EHRs are headed in a more patient-centric direction with a focus on improved usability. In part, Halamka attributed the upcoming shift in EHR design...

DE Health Information Exchange Improves EHR Patient Access

by Kate Monica

The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) recently began offering patients a tool allowing for easier access to patient health data shared between providers.  “When you provide transparency, you reduce the stress people feel when...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information exchange...

San Diego EMS Gains Access to EHR Data with ONC SAFR Model

by Kate Monica

An EMS organization in Orange County, CA has begun efforts to engage the recently published ONC Search, Alert, File, and Reconcile (SAFR) model for instant health information exchange that will grant access to patient EHR data at the scene of...

New NATE Member to Focus on Improving Patient EHR Data Access

by Kate Monica

The Health Record Banking Alliance (HRBA) became an association member of the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) to promote patient control over electronic health records earlier this week. Founded in 2006, the alliance is a non-profit...

AMIA Details Value-Based Care Health IT Infrastructure Needs

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has made 17 policy recommendations for promoting the development and adoption of health IT infrastructure capable of supporting the transition to value-based care in a new paper. The recommendations...

Ensuring Patient Concerns Don’t Limit Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

A new op-ed by former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, addresses the potential for digital health information exchange to dramatically change healthcare so long as providers address patient health data security and privacy concerns....

GAO Calls on HHS to Better Encourage Patient EHR Access

by Kate Monica

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reevaluate the effectiveness of its attempts to promote patient EHR access and EHR data use after finding few patients regularly access...

Study Aims to Aid Patient EHR Documentation Understanding

by Kate Monica

Providers are looking for a way to accurately assess how well patients generally comprehend the technical language used in EHR documentation in order to gauge patient comprehension of health conditions. A recent study by Zheng et al. sought to...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is extending its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) to include three more EHR companies to provide healthcare teams with a fuller picture of patient medical records and lessen administrative burden. Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks,...

AMIA Calls For Patient Access to Complete Health Information

by Jacqueline Belliveau

At the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has asked the federal government to repeal the prohibition on the use of unstructured data in order to help patients access all of their health information. In...

Should Patient-Reported Outcomes Be Incorporated in EHRs?

by Vera Gruessner

Both Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs emphasize the need for patient engagement. With the widespread use of certified EHR technology, should patients have the ability to record...

OpenNotes Pilots Show Value of Patients Annotating EHRs

by Vera Gruessner

With the advent of EHRs, mobile health products, telehealth services, and other health IT innovations, it comes as no surprise that physicians have also provided patients with electronic access to their written notes. The OpenNotes study started...

Co-Authored EHR Notes to Redefine Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, (BIDMC), a leader in the OpenNotes movement, is taking patient engagement one step further with a new grant that will explore the notion of letting patients actively contribute to their EHR documentation. ...

Patient Engagement Rises with Consumer EHR Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement helps consumers view EHRs more positively and encourages them to take charge of their health. The overwhelming majority of patients believe that electronic health records (EHRs) are useful for physicians and valuable for their...