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AMA forecasts busy 2014 with Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is gearing up for an action-packed year, says AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD in a blog post.  Between the implementation of ICD-10, the beginning of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, and several big federal...

Patient portals boost diabetic medication adherence by 6%

by Jennifer Bresnick

New research from Kaiser Permanente and the National Institutes of Health shows that online patient portal access that includes the ability to refill prescriptions can raise the level of medication adherence for diabetic patients by at...

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...

How must providers react to the new meaningful use timeline?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

By now the changes to the meaningful use timeline are understood to affect only the end of Stage 2 Meaningful Use and the beginning of Stage 3. As of yet, there are no plans to delay the first year of Stage 2 Meaningful Use although those...

EHR adoption is only the first step for using healthcare data

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR adoption has been the challenge of a lifetime for many healthcare providers, claiming the undivided attention of large hospitals and mom-and-pop shops since the EHR Incentive Programs started to promise rewards for stepping into the...

How far-reaching an effect will ICD-10 have on 2014, beyond?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of all the health IT challenges facing the healthcare industry in 2014, none will have more of an impact than ICD-10. Even with the one-year delay that saw the compliance date move from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014, many a healthcare...

What will drive an increase in EHR replacements in 2014?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The next year in healthcare will usher in a number of changes, from Stage 2 Meaningful Use to ICD-10, and have many already considering whether their current EHR and health IT systems are capable of supporting their work toward a number of...

Will overconfidence spell trouble in Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite efforts of healthcare organizations, providers, and associations, the start date for Stage 2 Meaningful Use has not changed. For those hoping it would, they may find themselves in a difficult position when it comes to ensuring that...

How will the Stage 2 Meaningful Use delay affect ICD-10?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The questions are beginning to swirl around the announcement that Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use will be extended by a year.  How will the delay affect competing initiatives like ICD-10?  Will the longer reporting periods...

Healthcare CIOs respond to proposed meaningful use changes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

What impact does the extension of Stage 2 Meaningful Use and pushing back the start of Stage 3 have on healthcare CIOs? In order to achieve all the expectations for 2014 — from ICD-10 to the EHR Incentive Programs — they had to begin...

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...

How does Stage 2 Meaningful Use challenge rural providers?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Even with the proposed extension of the timeline for eligible professionals and hospitals to complete Stage 2 Meaningful Use and begin Stage 3 meaningful use, eligible providers still face the challenge of meeting the thresholds for...

Dec. 31: EHR Incentive Program reporting deadline

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) of the upcoming EHR Incentive Program reporting deadline December 31. EPs must attest to meaningful use to avoid a 2015 payment...

Why is EHR certification endangering Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The clock is already ticking for hospitals, especially those eligible and participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. Stage 2 Meaningful Use is already underway for these hospitals which must complete their attestation during one of four...

Will meaningful use lead to reduced costs for hospitals?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One of the tenets driving the adoption of certified EHR technology as part of the EHR Incentive Programs is the belief that meaningful use will help improve healthcare costs. However, little information is available that speaks directly to...

Halamka: Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10 timelines unrealistic

by Jennifer Bresnick

The current slew of health IT initiatives slated to hit the healthcare industry over the next year or so place unrealistic expectations on beleaguered providers, says Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka in a new blog post.  Between...

How does a CIO prepare for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare CIOs have enough on their plates as is, and it’s not even 2014. In the year ahead, these healthcare executives have to balance a number of health IT initiatives, the most notable being participation in the EHR Incentive...

Are hospitals capturing the necessary data for Stage 2 CQMs?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Much of the worry about Stage 2 of meaningful use has revolved around the patient engagement criteria and the health information exchange requirements. But hospitals might be facing an even bigger problem with one of the basics of the...

Will patient engagement work without patient incentives?

by Jennifer Bresnick

There’s a big problem coming down the pike for providers in Stage 2 of meaningful use, and it’s a lot bigger than rounding up some patients into a computer lab and watching them as they type in their portal passwords.  It’s a...

IOD Inc. connects with Social Security through MiHIN Gateway

by Nicole Freeman

IOD Incorporated, a health information management company, and the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) have announced a partnership to submit records and receive requests from the Social Security Administration (SSA) using...

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