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Modifications to Meaningful Use Requirements Find Backing

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Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposed rule with several key modifications to meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The general public has until...

Why You Should Support the Safe Harbor ICD-10 Conversion Bill

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The ICD-10 conversion brings with it many complications and physician groups across the country are looking to avoid putting additional time and monetary strain among providers from implementing the new coding set. In that attempt, Representative...

Do Certified EHR Technology, Alerts Risk Patient Safety?

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After the HITECH Act was passed and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established, healthcare providers began computerizing their patient records and adopting certified EHR technology in an effort to promote care. However,...

EHR Interoperability Stalled Due to Information Blocking

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When it comes to the practice of medicine and drug discovery, the federal government plays a role in supporting these sectors and developing legislation that opens up avenues for healthcare professionals and scientific researchers. The House...

Health IT Standards, Information Governance Needed in Medicine

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The health IT industry may be very complex but common standards – especially those of certified EHR technology – tend to elucidate guidelines that vendors and providers need to follow in order to successfully attest to meaningful use requirements...

Three Steps to Follow Before ICD-10 Conversion Deadline

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If any providers still think there will be another ICD-10 delay, they may be mistaken. The ICD-10 conversion is moving forward and a full implementation will take place on October 1, 2015. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society...

EHR Incentive Programs Sparked Market to Reach $25 Billion

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The meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have brought forth an era of electronic data access for the healthcare industry. The EHR market has never been stronger and recent findings illustrate that...

While EHR Interoperability Remains Vital, Security Fears Abound

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The movement toward EHR interoperability is sought by the federal government and certain patient advocacy groups that believe it will lead to improved quality of healthcare, better outcomes, and lower costs. With the Office of the National Coordinator...

How Does Physician EHR Use Affect Doctor-Patient Relationship?

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In recent years, the patient-doctor relationship has been evolving significantly with the advent of health IT systems and certified EHR technology. The healthcare industry has also been pushing forward patient engagement though the utilization...

Do Health IT Systems Help or Hinder Patient Safety?

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What does the federal government hope to achieve through the implementation of electronic patient records and health IT systems? There are a variety of aims behind the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and the certification process...

Physician EHR Use Impacts Patient Disclosure, Communication

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There are a variety of reasons why the federal government including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourage physician EHR use and the adoption of health IT tools across the healthcare industry. From the potential to improve...

Certified EHR Technology Aids Care Coordination, Payment Reform

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The development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) has an overarching goal of lowering healthcare costs across the board by enabling a team of healthcare professionals to work together in treating a patient and preventing disease. Essentially,...

EHR Interoperability Imperative for Care Coordination

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The medical industry is incorporating stronger strategies for care coordination to reform the sector and improve quality of care.  One major aspect of improving care coordination stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is...

Does EHR Coverage Data Affect Continued Patient Care?

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The health insurance marketplace has experienced some significant modifications to its consumer population in recent years. After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed, health insurance was required among lower-class individuals...

Will Patient Health Outcomes Improve With Interoperability?

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on May 5 that about $101 million will be delivered to 164 new community health centers across the country in efforts to boost patient health outcomes. In a press release, HHS Secretary...

Misuse of EHR Systems and Medical Errors

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Does EHR technology reduce the likelihood of medical errors throughout the healthcare continuum? The input from medical professionals answering this question is mixed. There are certain mistakes that were tied directly back to the misuse of EHR...

Do Pediatric EHR Systems Need Specialized Functions?

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Children are a key part of the patient population that can potentially benefit greatly from the implementation of EHR technology. A large number of policymakers, clinicians, and other stakeholders have pushed forward the need for pediatric EHR...

Keeping ICD-10 Transition Readiness at the Forefront

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What has your organization done to ensure complete ICD-10 transition readiness? Most likely, there has been training, testing, and health IT system upgrading conducted. For greater information on ensuring a medical facility has improved their...

How Can Providers Prepare for the ICD-10 Transition Deadline?

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Even though the latest legislation set forth by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) calls for slashing the movement toward ICD-10 coding completely, there is little evidence that his bill will be taken seriously by the Committee on Energy and Commerce...

Failing EHR Systems May Harm Triple Aim of Healthcare

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The medical industry has been determined to achieve the “Triple Aim of Healthcare” over the last several years, which is essentially dedicated to improving the quality of care, reducing healthcare costs, and strengthening patient health outcomes....

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