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What Changes will MIPS, MACRA Bring for Clinical Quality Reporting?

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New healthcare payment models are upon us as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) changes the way in which Medicare providers earn incentive payments. Set as a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), MIPS...

How EHRs Help Make Successful Accountable Care Organizations

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EHRs are an invaluable tool for accountable care organizations, offering a system upon which providers can store and reference important patient information and then easily disseminate that information to other care team members. In fact, several...

ECRI to Talk EHR Copy and Paste, Patient Safety at HIMSS 2016

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Providers need guidelines with regard to copy and paste functions in EHRs to help protect patient safety, according to the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. The Partnership, which is a part of the ECRI Institute, will showcase its efforts...

Accountable Care Organization EHR, HIE Use by the Numbers

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Over the past handful of years, the number of accountable care organizations has increased dramatically and projections foresee continued ACO growth. According to Leavitt Partners, the preceding year closed with 782 ACOs in operation and the...

Industry Groups Respond to Patient-Centered EHR Legislation

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee’s draft legislation for patient-centered EHR use doesn’t go far enough to advocate for patient data access, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families...

Adoption of Patient Portals Growing in Older Populations

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The use of patient portals by older patients could very well be understated. According to data out of athenaResearch, patients in their 60s are just as likely as younger patients to register for their patient portal, with nearly 30 percent of...

Interoperability Challenges Affecting Accountable Care

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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be struggling with EHR interoperability, but are showing promise that they will be successful in their value-based care initiatives. According to a study from Premier Inc., ACOs are having some of the...

HIPAA Changes to Help Patient Access to Health Information

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Earlier this week, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced several changes to HIPAA, increasing patient access to health information. These changes are applauded by the industry stakeholder group the National Partnership...

2015 Salary Survey Reveals Highest Paying Health IT Jobs

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If you want a lucrative health IT career, you might want to join a consulting firm. According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015 Compensation Survey, those working at consulting firms are earning top dollar...

53% of Consumers Can’t Access Electronic Health Record Info

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About half of patients can’t access their health information online, according to a recent survey from HealthMine. This finding is quite notable considering the recent push for patient engagement and transparency of health information....

How EHR Use, Health IT Policies Drive Care Coordination

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Care coordination is often described as a game-changing approach to healthcare. With all members of a care team -- including physician providers, nurses, and other support staff members -- being able to effectively communicate with one another...

OpenNotes to Reach 50M New Patients Through Grant Funding

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Four healthcare organizations have donated $10 million in grants to fund OpenNotes for nearly 50 million patients nationwide, according a recent press release. The funders -- which include Cambria Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation,...

Support for Mental Health Found Lacking in Patient Portals

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Although electronic health visits, or eVisits, for various health conditions are increasing, recent research shows healthcare providers still need to create considerable headway in providing mental and behavioral healthcare via eVisit. In a study...

Tips for Approaching Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Clinical documentation is an important bridge between healthcare coders and physicians. The accurate documentation of health services provided benefits healthcare organizations not only with regard to revenue cycle, but with accurate care delivery...

Effective Patient Engagement Strategies Using Health IT

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Patient engagement is increasing in importance in the healthcare industry, with several initiatives requiring patient access to health information and other patient engagement functionalities such meaningful use and accountable care organizations....

AHRQ Credits EHRs, Health IT in Helping Decrease HACs

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A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) credits EHR and health IT use for reduction in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) in 2014. Between 2010 and 2014, the healthcare industry reduced the number of HACs by nearly...

Care Plans are Key in Patient-Centered Care, Research Shows

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Care plans have the power to assist providers in providing patient-centered care and accessing a complete picture of a patient’s health, according to a report by Chilmark Research. Care plans are approaches to healthcare delivery that are...

AHA: Health IT a Driver in Quality Care Improvement

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As the healthcare industry continues its evolutions into value-based and patient-centered care by way of health IT, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has released several white papers highlighting the need for patient engagement and care...

Professional Groups Comment on CMS Value-Based Pay Models

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As the deadline for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Programs (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) comment periods drew to a close yesterday, three major healthcare professional associations...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Overwhelming Physicians

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EHR clinical decision support systems prove to be somewhat unnecessary in opioid prescriptions, according to a recent study. In a retrospective chart review study encompassing two years, researchers found that nearly 96 percent of clinical decision...

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