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Physician groups voice concern with Meaningful Use in letter

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians aren’t seeing eye to eye with CMS and the ONC when it comes to the EHR Incentive Programs, and have taken their objections to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a letter penned by the American Medical Association (AMA),...

HIMSS14: What role will RECs play in Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The regional extension centers (RECs) were one the brightest spots in Stage 1 Meaningful Use as they helped eligible providers navigate the selection, implementation, and adoption of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and the pursuit of...

HIMSS14 survey: Finances tight, but ICD-10 is looking good

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health IT professionals attending the massive HIMSS show in Orlando were treated to the results of the annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, a tried and true way to take the pulse of an industry that’s been going through some serious...

19% of patients think online doc ratings are very important

by Jennifer Bresnick

Online reviews may currently be most popular among people looking for a great new restaurant or feature-packed cell phone, but patients shopping for a new physician are increasingly turning to the healthcare equivalents of Amazon and...

Meaningful use educational sessions at HIMSS14

by Nicole Freeman

With the New Year marking the beginning of Stage 2, eligible professionals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are looking for tools, resources, and best practices on how to meet program goals and successfully...

HIMSS14: Get ready to talk ICD-10, Meaningful Use, EHRs, HIE

by Jennifer Bresnick

Editors from EHRintelligence will soon be packing their bags for Orlando, Florida to attend the HIMSS14 conference along with tens of thousands of other health IT professionals.  It’ll come as no surprise that the hottest topics will be...

Retail pharmacies get on board with Blue Button Initiative

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail chains are accelerating their transformation from convenience stores to convenient healthcare providers by taking the Blue Button pledge.  The en masse commitment from some of the most recognizable names in the pharmacy business...

EHR Incentive Programs top $19.2 billion in payments

by Jennifer Bresnick

Eligible providers and hospitals are still raking in the dough to compensate for EHR adoption, said the HIT Policy Committee during its latest meeting this week.  More than $19.2 billion in incentive payments have been doled out to...

Participation, transactions increase for eHealth Exchange

by Nicole Freeman

Healtheway recently released the results of its annual eHealth Exchange participation survey. The findings reveal an increase in both exchange participation and the number of transactions occurring. The eHealth Exchanges has 41 members...

Why are solo physicians half as likely to adopt EHRs?

by Jennifer Bresnick

In news that may not come as much of a surprise to anyone who works in a smaller medical practice, the Commonwealth Fund has produced new data that shows solo physicians are about half as likely to have adopted EHR technology than larger...

Illinois health information exchange expands

by Nicole Freeman

The Illinois Health Information exchange (ILHIE) has expanded to include Near North Health Service Corporation, Heartland Health Outreach, Erie Family Health Center, PCC Wellness, and Howard Brown Health Center. The ILHIE provides a secure...

How do patient portals improve the coordination of care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient-centered care aims to make patients a part of coordinating their care in order to improve outcomes. To bring patients into the fold, healthcare organizations and providers must have strategies and systems in place to engage them....

Why is Stage 2 Meaningful Use a challenge for providers?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The requirements for demonstrating Stage 2 Meaningful Use comprise both measures from Stage 1 at higher thresholds as well as newly-introduced requirements for health information exchange, quality reporting, and patient engagement. As...

How will transitions of care challenge meaningful users?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Stage 2 Meaningful Use places new and greater requirements on eligible hospitals and professionals. What makes this next phase of the EHR Incentive Programs a greater challenge is the need for providers to work together not only with other...

Do providers have the EHRs for Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers may be lacking one big, basic ingredient for a successful Stage 2 attestation: a certified EHR capable of meeting the Meaningful Use objectives.  The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released a new data brief...

What will limit provider success in Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Stage 1 Meaningful Use put the onus for success squarely on the shoulders of eligible hospitals and professionals. The same cannot be said of Stage 2 which requires participants in the EHR Incentive Program to not only engage each other...

How are preparations for Stage 2 Meaningful Use progressing?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As far as eligible hospitals are concerned, Stage 2 Meaningful Use is in its fourth month. Early signs point to these providers facing numerous of challenges that go beyond their own responsibilities (e.g., vendor certification) and even...

DeSalvo delivers first remarks to Health IT Policy Committee

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The new year is just a couple weeks old. Younger still is the tenure of the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc. During the first meeting of the HIT Policy...

Surescripts network of EHR vendors expanded over past year

by Nicole Freeman

Over the last year, Surescripts, the largest clinical health information network in the US, has expanded by adding more than twenty EHR software vendors to its secure health information exchange (HIE) network. The new vendors include...

February 28: Last day to attest to 2013 meaningful use

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that the last day to register and attest to meaningful use for 2013 is February 28, 2014. EPs must attest by midnight to receive an incentive...

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