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OEHRM Clinical Councils to Create National VA EHR Clinical Workflows

September 27, 2018 - The Office of Electronic Record Modernization (OEHRM) is taking steps to optimize clinical efficiency, health IT standardization, and deployment processes as the agency prepares to move forward with its $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation project. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie updated the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on the status of the EHR implementation project seven...


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CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation

by Elizabeth Snell

Small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained in a recent report. Legacy program requirements, lacking financial...

VA Cerner EHR Implementation to Go Live at IOC Sites By March 2020

by Kate Monica

Care sites within the VA Cerner EHR implementation initial operating capability (IOC) in the Pacific Northwest should be live and fully-functional by March 2020, according to testimony from VA officials at a recent House Committee on...

GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

by Kate Monica

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s...

Coast Guard May Implement Cerner EHR System Mirroring DoD, VA

by Kate Monica

The Coast Guard should seriously consider implementing a Cerner EHR system to mirror that of the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA, according to testimony from GAO Director of Information Technology Management Issues David Powner at a...

VA Spent Over $1.1B on Homegrown EHR Modernization Efforts

by Kate Monica

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed VA spent over $1.1 billion on 138 contracts to modernize its homegrown EHR system from 2011 to 2016. In the report detailing the tumultuous and costly history of...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching...

GAO Suggests VA Improve Data, Clinical Efficiency Monitoring

by Kate Monica

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published recommendations advising the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve data and monitoring of clinical efficiency. The federal agency also stated VA should strengthen...

GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Post-Acute EHR Use Plans

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued recommendations for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve EHR use and health data exchange in post-acute care settings. Despite the federal...

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