Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

89% of providers need to upgrade RCM systems, Black Book says

by Jennifer Bresnick

The vast majority of providers are worried that their revenue cycle management (RCM) and billing applications are woefully outdated according to the latest data from Black Book Rankings.  Eighty-nine percent of the 21,000 providers...

ONC targets non-meaningful users with 2015 edition criteria

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking feedback from the healthcare industry concerning provisions of the voluntary 2015 Edition EHR certification that would impact how EHRs not used for...

ONC approves ANSI for second term as approved accreditor

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has received approval from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to serve another three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for the HIT...

AMA foresees bleak future for meaningful use without changes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

If the EHR Incentive Programs stay on their current path, then their future will be bleak. That’s the picture being painted by the American Medical Association in a letter to the heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Black Book: Dermatology is huge market for EHR adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

The EHR Incentive Programs have gathered a certain amount of notoriety among specialty providers for being insensitive to their particular needs, a circumstance that has left many specialists behind the EHR adoption curve.  Dermatology is...

What healthcare technology helped contain MERS in Indiana?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The first reported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the United States occurred at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., but thanks to the thorough the implementation of three healthcare technologies and collaboration of...

ONC: EHR adoption skyrockets at safety net health centers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Community health centers that cater to underserved populations are rapidly adopting electronic health records and improving care quality, health information exchange, and key aspects of patient safety, according to a study published in the...

Is meaningful use driving eligible providers off course?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The concept of meaningful use has many supporters. Its execution, however, has its fair share of detractors. Even the most ardent proponents of meaningful use recognize the deficiencies present in the certified EHR technology required by...

Hospitals, Providers Revenue Cycle Management Best Practices

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Looking to build a better understanding of the revenue cycle? The editors of EHRIntelligence.com have pulled together interviews and analysis to help identify best practices in managing the revenue cycle. HIMSS: Revenue cycle, financial...

ONC: Hospitals dramatically increase EHR, HIE adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals are hard at work to bolster their health IT systems and adopt advanced capabilities like health information exchange, says a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator, though a great deal work remains to be done. ...

Where does finance fit into EHR adoption, meaningful use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One-third of the triple aim focuses on reducing the cost of healthcare, and the adoption of EHR and health IT systems has a major role to play in achieving that and the other two-thirds of aims by providing an infrastructure for quality...

TIA expresses caution, optimism over 2015 CEHRT plan

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has written to ONC chief Karen DeSalvo in response to the voluntary 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) criteria released in April.  The mHealth and telemedicine advocacy group expressed...

Is your organization ready for the EHR replacement process?

by Jerri Cowper of Innovative Consulting Group

The decision to change electronic health record (EHR) vendors is not an easy one. Any organization faces difficult questions. Are our EHR team and end users able to take on yet another change? Are we ready to go through the vendor...

EHR Incentive Programs payout tops $22.9 billion in March

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful Use has netted nearly $23 billion for eligible hospitals (EHs) and professionals since the inception of the EHR Incentive Programs, representing participation from just over 90% of hospitals and close to 70% of eligible...

AHA considers ONC’s new EHR certification approach risky

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) wants the 2015 Edition certification criteria to mark the beginning of “greater and earlier visibility” into its approach to EHR certification, but the...

Is it time to “damn the mandates” and forget meaningful use?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Even as the healthcare industry marches dutifully into Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, there are still plenty of physicians that have not yet accepted the requirements put forth by CMS in the EHR Incentive Programs.  Dr.  Daniel F. Craviotto...

EHRA takes issue with timing in ONC certification NPRM

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) has delivered its comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR and the proposed timing of the rule has the EHR vendors concerned. In a letter to the...

NCQA says potential to engage patients with HIT “untapped”

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient engagement enabled by health IT still has a ways to go in improving the quality and efficiency of care for consumers, but a framework is emerging to help providers leverage this technology in pursuit of the triple aim, according to...

How the cloud drove athenahealth from EHR association

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The HIMSS EHR Association is losing one of its most prominent members following the decision by athenahealth to part ways with the trade association. According to comments from Dan Haley, VP of Government Affairs at the cloud-based EHR and...

HIE patient portals may help providers meet Stage 2 MU

by Jennifer Bresnick

For providers looking to attest to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use in the coming months, one requirement above all others has prompted ongoing concern.  The 5% patient engagement threshold, which requires patients to access an online portal to...

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