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3 Hospitals Sign onto Mercy SaaS for Epic EHR Implementation

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Mercy Technology Services will be helping three more hospitals with their Epic EHR implementations and optimizations through their software as a service (SaaS) model, a press release says. Through the SaaS model, Mercy will assist Riverview Health...

Specialists Concerned with Proposed MACRA Implementation

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The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has expressed concerns over provisions of MACRA implementation that could negatively affect the performance of specialists in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative...

HHS Appoints New Members to Federal Advisory Committees

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Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named eight new members to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and one to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the federal agency...

How is Interoperability Supporting Patient-Centered Care?

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As the industry shifts to value-based payment models, concepts like patient-centered care are shaping all aspects of healthcare, including health IT interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). Through various initiatives aimed at...

More Reports Indicate McKesson to Shed Health IT Businesses

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McKesson Corp has reportedly been conducting talks regarding a merger of its health information technology unit with Change Healthcare Inc., sources familiar with the company told Reuters. According to three sources, a merger with Change Healthcare...

3 Things to Know about MACRA Implementation, MIPS

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In remarks given during the American Medical Association (AMA) annual meeting (birthplace of "digital snake oil"), the acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made clear the three-pronged aims of MACRA...

HHS Announces $20M to Assist Physician Practices Under MACRA

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 million in funding to train and educate Medicare physicians at small group practices in the wake of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The funds will help...

Has Adoption of Certified EHR Technology Trapped Docs?

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In a recent editorial published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the journal's editor-in-chief and practicing neurologist Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD, has criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for its...

AMA Appoints Dr. David Barbe as its New President-Elect

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The American Medical Association has appointed David O. Barbe, MD, MHA as its president-elect, to begin his duties starting in July 2017, an AMA press release says. Barbe has been a participatory member of the AMA for some time, beginning as...

How Will MACRA Legislation Affect Small Physician Practices?

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Small independent practices are wary of MACRA, and fear that they may not survive the new legislation, according to a recent Black Book survey. The survey, which was conducted in May 2016 with 1,300 physicians, shows that small physician practices...

CMS Makes $10M Available to Support MACRA Implementation

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is redoubling its efforts to support providers with MACRA implementation. The federal agency today announced a new grant that makes up to $10 million available over the next three years to...

Has ONC Assumed Too Much about Interoperability for MACRA?

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The closing date for responding to an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) request for information on measuring health IT interoperability for MACRA implementation came and went a week ago with several industry...

What Family Docs Expect of EHR Interoperability under MACRA

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has sounded off on methodology proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation and questioned the sense...

DirectTrust: Add More HIE, Interoperability Measures to MACRA

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DirectTrust has thrown its hat into the ring, adding to the discussion of interoperability measures under the MACRA legislation. In a letter written to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), DirectTrust...

HIMSS Weighs in on MACRA Interoperability Measures Debate

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Just as other experts have suggested, the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) have suggested CMS expand its scope in interoperability measures under the new MACRA legislation....

Patient-Centered Interoperability Necessary for MACRA Success

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The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) has joined the many other healthcare associations which have contributed comments to ONC regarding interoperability measures under MACRA, saying that these measures should also include provisions to...

ONC Needs to Expand Scope of MACRA Interoperability Measures

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) answered the ONC’s request for information on interoperability measures and definitions under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, saying that the agency must explore more standards by which...

AHA Questions ONC Approach to Measuring EHR Interoperability

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The American Hospital Association has recommended changes to the methods the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is proposing for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. Chief of among...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

Unintended Consequences of MACRA Requirements for Doctors?

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) raised concerns about the unintended consequences of  MACRA implementation for physicians hoping to receive bonuses and at the very least avoid negative payment adjustments under the Merit-based Incentive...

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