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EHRA Recommends CMMI Align Regulations, CEHRT Requirements

November 22, 2017 - The EHR Association (EHRA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting the federal agency align technology requirements of new payment models with requirements related to certified EHR technology (CEHRT). The CEHRT requirements need to be better aligned to ease the current burden on health IT companies, EHRA said. The letter came in response to a CMS request for information (RFI) to assist...


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AHA Suggests CMMI Promote Health Data Exchange, Regulatory Relief

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently responded to a CMS request for information (RFI) to set a new direction for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center (CMMI) and stressed the need for improved health data exchange...

Another Michigan Health Information Exchange Qualifies for MiHIN

by Kate Monica

Oakland Physician Network Services (OPNS) recently became Michigan’s 13th health information exchange (HIE) qualified organization by joining the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN). As a qualified organization,...

Post-Acute Care EHR Adoption, Health Data Exchange Lags Behind

by Kate Monica

Inpatient post-acute care organizations lag significantly behind other healthcare settings in EHR adoption and health data exchange, according to a recent Black Book survey of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Black Book surveyed...

Consumers Split on Role of EHR Use in Improving Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

Fifty-one percent of surveyed western New Yorkers believe EHR use improves patient safety, according to a recent survey by HEALTHeLINK. In September of 2017, the regional health information exchange (HIE) gathered responses from about 1,000 healthcare...

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...

MO HIE Connects to eHealth Exchange for Improved Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The University of Missouri (MU) Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange (HIE) recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange in an effort to enable improved interoperability with SSM Health. Patients receiving...

Consolidating to Simplify Health Data Exchange, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sector as 2017 comes to a close. Health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs),...

NJ Health Center Completes eClinicalWorks EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Center for Health Education Medicine & Dentistry (CHEMED) has successfully implemented its new eClinicalWorks EHR system complete with an electronic dental record and a behavioral health module. The cloud-based EHR solution will assist...

CMS to Implement New Health IT Standard for Reporting eCQMs

by Kate Monica

CMS recently announced that its quality programs will transition to the CQL standard (CQL Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU 2) for logic expression. Using CLQ will allow for better aligned standards between clinical decision support and...

CMS Issues Guidance on Information Blocking Prevention in MIPS

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released information clarifying three statements making up the prevention of information blocking attestation reporting requirement part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). All eligible clinicians reporting on the...

HIE Use Cuts Costs, Increases Productivity in STI Treatment

by Kate Monica

Health information exchange (HIE) use can lead to cost savings and increased productivity in sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and management, according to a new study published in Health Information Management Journal. Haque et...

DirectTrust Health Data Exchange Likely to Hit 170M Transactions

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust announced it expects to reach 170 million cumulative health data exchange transactions for 2017 following a period of continued steady growth in users, addresses, and transactions in the third quarter of the year. The healthcare industry...

Regenstrief Begins Two-Year Study of Emergency Department HIE Use

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute is launching a multi-year study into the effect of health information exchange (HIE) use on patient outcomes in emergency departments.   Scientists at the institute will use a two-year grant from the Agency for...

Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A new eHealth Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers in 2017 Survey on Access to Patient Information gathered responses from 107...

LOINC Director Advises Restraint in Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

A recent op-ed by LOINC and Health Data Standards Director at the Regenstrief Center Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, MS, cautioned healthcare organizations against standardizing all types of health data. While health data standardization enhances interoperability,...

MI HIE Introduces Alerts for Social Determinants of Health

by Kate Monica

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has chosen Holon Solutions to assist in delivering alerts and referrals to providers involving data on social determinants of health.   The effort is part of a plan by the health information exchange to...

Developing Quality Measures to Succeed in Value-Based Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The ability for care quality measures to paint an accurate picture of the patient care experience depends on the availability of reliable data, yet the latter remains a persistent challenge for providers participating in value-based care models....

HIE Partnership Targets Health Data Exchange, Population Health

by Kate Monica

The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) has entered into a formal partnership with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to improve patient care delivery, health data sharing, and population health management....

Cerner Releases Consumer-Facing EHR to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Cerner confirmed its commitment to improving interoperability at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference earlier this week by offering a new consumer-directed patient EHR. Cerner President Zane Burke announced the consumer-directed patient health record...

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