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AHA Seeks Changes to Stark Law to Support Care Coordination

July 20, 2018 - Stark Law in its current form impedes care coordination and limits physicians’ ability to transition to a value-based care system, according to AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. Pollack emphasized the need for legislators and regulators to update and revise Stark Law — or physician self-referral law — to better support care coordination in a recent AHA blog post. &ldq...


ECRI Will Host Retired AHRQ Clinical Decision-Making Guidelines


The ECRI Institute recently announced it is bringing the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) retired National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) back online to provide healthcare professionals with clinical practice...

5 Ways to Prevent Physician Burnout in the Age of the EHR System


Rates of EHR adoption and physician burnout have both steadily risen nationwide in recent years — and research shows that’s no coincidence. Healthcare CEOs in 2017 identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor to the ph...

Cass Regional MEDITECH EHR Back Online After Week of EHR Downtime


Cass Regional Medical Center recently came back online with its MEDITECH EHR system for the first time since a July 9 ransomware attack prompted hospital leadership to shut down its health IT infrastructure for a sustained period of EHR dow...

Epic EHR at UNC Health Care Now Integrated with State PDMP


University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care recently became the first healthcare organization in the state to link its Epic EHR to the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) as part of a mission to combat the opioid epidemic. ...

Top 5 Ways Health IT Companies Are Changing the EHR Market


Two quarters are in the books and the EHR market already looks significantly different than it did only six months ago. Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, eClinicalWorks, athenahealth, and a few new players have changed the face of the health IT lan...

EHR Downtime Drives TN Hospital to Invest in Backup System


Tennessee-based Blount Memorial Hospital is investing $30,000 in a backup system for its physicians group after a three-day episode of EHR downtime shut down its network in early May. The system-wide outage affected nearly 90 physicians and...

Physician Burnout Rates Remain Low in Small, Independent Practices


Despite the rapid rise of physician burnout nationwide, burnout rates are relatively low among providers in small, urban, independent primary care practices comprising less than five physicians. This finding comes from a recent Journal of t...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List


Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that h...

AK Hospitals Connect to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program


Hospitals throughout Alaska recently connected to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through care collaboration network Collective Medical as part of an effort to enable safer prescribing practices. The connection...

Voice Recognition Accuracy Lacking in EHR Clinical Documentation


EHR clinical documentation generated through voice recognition software may be error-prone, according to a recent JAMA study. In the study, Zhou, MD, et al. aimed to identify and analyze errors at each stage of the voice recognition-assiste...

Cerner, Lumeris Partner for EHR-Agnostic Value-Based Care Solution


Cerner and value-based care managed services operator Lumeris recently announced a ten-year collaboration intended to streamline health data exchange, claims processing, and reimbursement cycles through a new health IT product offering. The...

CHIME Outlines Top Health IT Innovation Priorities for HHS


Promoting clinician engagement in health IT design, improving patient identification, and closing the digital divide should be primary areas of focus for a new HHS health IT innovation and investment workgroup, according to the College of H...

Collaboration Critical for Improving CDI Across Healthcare


Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) needs are quickly becoming a top issue for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for nationwide interoperability continues to grow. Improving CDI will have long-lasting effects on the indu...

Different EHR Implementation Strategies May Affect EHR Usability


The wide array of different approaches healthcare organizations take to EHR implementation projects may have a significant impact on EHR usability, clinical efficiency, task duration, and accuracy, according to a recent JAMIA study.  R...

EHR Patient Data Utilized in Mercy, Johnson & Johnson Collaboration


Mercy and Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC) have joined together to utilize EHR patient data to evaluate medical device performance. The collaboration will use “real-world clinical data” in an effort to imp...

Cleveland Clinic Joins Apple Health Records for EHR Patient Access


The Apple Health Records beta program continues to build momentum as Cleveland Clinic and 27 other hospitals sign on to improve EHR patient access by allowing patients to view their information through iOS devices. “A growing list of ...

HealthSteps Wins AMA, Google Health IT Innovation Challenge


HealthSteps won first place and $25,000 Google Cloud credits as part of Google and AMA’s health IT innovation challenge for its mobile health platform enabling health data exchange and access between patients and providers. The Gaines...

MHS GENESIS EHR System at Oak Harbor Care Site Passes Inspection


Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) is the first MHS GENESIS EHR system user to successfully complete a Joint Commission (JC) and Navy Medicine Medical Inspection General (Med IG) accreditation survey and inspection process. In addition ...

MEDITECH Extends CommonWell Interoperability to OH Hospital


MEDITECH will extend CommonWell interoperability services to Ohio-based Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) to improve health data exchange and care coordination among providers. The non-profit community hospital is among the first to impleme...



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