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ONC EHR Oversight Rule Needs Better Testing Process, Pew Says

November 9, 2016 - Despite intentions to improve patient safety through better EHR oversight and testing, the recent ONC Health IT Certification Program still contains gaps for adverse patient safety events, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. In a recent analysis, Pew explained that the Health IT Certification Program still leaves patients liable to adverse safety events because the ONC requirements...

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ONC Releases Guide, Playbook to Support Physician EHR Use

by Sara Heath

As a part of National Health IT Week, ONC has released two learning materials to help providers with EHR implementation and use, according to a public statement. The agency issued an EHR contract guide — EHR Contracts Untangled:...

Certified EHR Technology Adoption Reaches 96% Nationwide

by Sara Heath

A majority of hospitals in all but one state have adopted certified EHR technology as of 2015, according to an ONC data brief. Overall, 96 percent of hospitals have adopted CEHRT, with 49 states and Washington, DC, having at least 81...

DirectTrust Hopeful for Impending ONC EHR Certification Rule

by Sara Heath

EHR oversight and certification may be best left in the hands of ONC, according to DirectTrust. According to the DirectTrust President & CEO, David Kibbe, MD, MBA, the EHR industry’s self-oversight may not be enough to ensure...

REC Impact on Successful Meaningful Use Attestations

by Sara Heath

Regional extension centers (RECs) played a significant role in boosting meaningful use success, according to a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to the report, 68...

2014 EHR certification churns along as ONC list tops 1000

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 1000 EHR products have been certified by the Office of the National Coordinator as meeting 2014 CEHRT criteria, according to the official product list, representing a major jump from just a few months ago.  Providers have...

ICD-10, Stage 2 MU, HIE among DeSalvo’s new challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Karen DeSalvo’s new appointment as National Coordinator for Health IT is certainly an exciting development, but the new leader of the ONC will barely have time to unpack her pencils and shake hands with her new colleagues on January...

HIMSS, CHIME praise choice of DeSalvo for National Coordinator

by Jennifer Bresnick

Newly minted National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, has her work cut out for her as the industry moves into Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, but she has plenty of support behind her already.  Praise from leadership organizations...

CHIME, HIMSS decry lack of delay for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After all the calls for changes to the Stage 2 Meaningful Use timeline, the recently proposed extension announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology...

Pilots explore lack of health IT workers, funding for CAHs

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s no secret that small, rural hospitals are lagging behind their peers when it comes to EHR adoption and the implementation of advanced health IT systems to monitor care quality and reduce unnecessary costs.  With few...

ONC to Congress: EHR adoption, meaningful use rising steadily

by Jennifer Bresnick

In its latest official report to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) praises the nation’s progress in health IT adoption, including EHR implementation and participation in the EHR Incentive Programs. ...

No more ICD-10 extensions, says Mostashari

by Jennifer Bresnick

This is it, folks.  According to National Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari, there are absolutely no plans to extend the ICD-10 implementation deadline.  The October 1, 2014 go-live date will stand firm, and providers will need...

ONC guide shows reduction in readmissions with ADT alerts

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Beacon Community team has released the first of six guides on areas of success for the Beacon Nation program, focused on how to improve hospital transitions and reduce preventable readmissions...

Senators call for greater Medicare claims data transparency

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Apparently, recent attempts by agencies within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to increase transparency haven’t done enough to satisfy two members of Congress. In a joint statement issued yesterday, Senators...

Anesthesiologists Support Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has issued their response to the ONC’s Request for Information about how improve the EHR Incentive Programs in order to expand health information exchange.  In a letter addressed...

HHS 2014 budget would boost ONC, meaningful use, HIT funding

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2014, maintaining its focus on encouraging the adoption of healthcare information technology and ensuring that the ONC and other...

Medicare, meaningful use sequestration cuts start April 1

by Jennifer Bresnick

April fools?  Unfortunately not.  The 2% cut to Medicare reimbursements rolled up in the nation’s sequestration policy went into effect yesterday, April 1, and the impact remains uncertain.  A recent poll indicates...

Transitioning to Stage 2 Meaningful Use: Are you ready?

by Sponsored Content

It’s coming faster than you think! The deadline to attest for Stage 1 Meaningful Use is October 1, 2013 — and while numerous hospitals have already met the requirements, they are quickly discovering that Stage 2 is another much...

Mostashari at HIMSS13: Healthcare is broken, but we can fix it

by Jennifer Bresnick

In his impassioned keynote address at HIMSS13 last week, National Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari argued the case for bringing data to life by adopting EHRs and using the resulting information in meaningful, patient-centric ways. ...

AHIMA: Quality documentation is key for useful, accurate EHR

by Jennifer Bresnick

At the ONC HIT Policy Committee Hearing on Clinical Documentation, Michelle Dougherty, MA, RHIA, CHP testified on behalf of AHIMA to the importance of quality clinical documentation in maintaining the usefulness and accuracy of electronic...



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