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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...

Do Patient Portals, EHR Implementation Boost Patient Engagement?

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Within the world of healthcare, patient engagement has evolved into a major goal across the industry. Patients and their caretakers need to be mindful of their overall health and wellness in order to put a dent in mortality rates and adverse...

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...

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....

Updated Clinical Quality Measures Revealed by CMS

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Eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals looking to meet meaningful use requirements and obtain financial incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will need to keep track of electronic clinical quality measures...

How Cloud-based EHR Platform Improves Remote Monitoring

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One type of EHR system that could improve patient health outcomes and revolutionize basic health IT processes is the cloud-based EHR platform. Storing medical data on the cloud provides more opportunities for physicians and other healthcare professionals...

Five Facts to Know Before the ICD-10 Transition Deadline

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There are a variety of issues healthcare professionals, providers, and payers are concerned about regarding the ICD-10 transition deadline. Last week, we discussed and dispelled some common myths that stakeholders have about the ICD-10 transition...

Fees for Medical Records Inhibit Patient Access to Data

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Within the healthcare sector, computerized health records are pivotal for improving the quality of patient care, reducing healthcare costs and redundant testing, and boosting population health outcomes. With the push toward patient engagement...

Reporting Via PQRS Data Registry Vital for Value-Based Care

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There are a variety of different measures providers need to meet to qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. One of these measures is submitting Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data. Healthcare...

Patient Portal Adoption Diverges Among Older Generation

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Under the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule, providers would need to ensure that at least 25 percent of their patients accessed, downloaded, and transmitted their medical information. While this exact percentage may change after the comment...

Three Vendors are Driving Patient Engagement and Portal Use

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Driving patient engagement is still vital for the healthcare sector despite certain inconsistencies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Even though CMS has proposed new Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations that drop the...

Drug Safety Surveillance Targeted through EHR Data Analytics

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In the healthcare sector, drug safety surveillance is of the utmost importance because it ensures patient health outcomes are exceptional and medical errors are reduced. The implementation of electronic prescribing software, for example, has...

Can Health IT Tools Reduce Patient Readmission Rates?

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One way that health IT tools have innovated care is by essentially improving patient health outcomes and reducing hospital readmission rates within a 30-day timeframe. For example, Amerigroup Maryland, Inc., a healthcare coverage provider that...

As CMS Becomes Lenient, Providers Tackle Patient Engagement

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While patient engagement remains a top priority for many medical organizations across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed ruling modifying meaningful use requirements and specifically relenting...

What to Accomplish After the ICD-10 Transition Deadline

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While the majority of healthcare organizations are focused on meeting the ICD-10 transition deadline, the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force mentioned last Wednesday at the 2015 HIMSS conference the importance of extending their preparation efforts for...

Do Data Exchange Roadblocks Affect ACO Development?

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Health information exchange or medical data sharing among providers, payers, public health agencies, and the federal government remains a major goal for the healthcare industry as a whole. Medical data exchange roadblocks are impeding progress...

Future of EHRs: Interoperability, Population Health, and the Cloud

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Ever since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009 and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established, healthcare providers have been quickly implementing EHR systems...

Is the Triple Aim of Healthcare Achievable Through EHRs?

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EHR technology, e-prescribing software, and other health IT systems are being adopted by healthcare organizations in order to achieve the triple aim established by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The triple aim of healthcare include...

Few Physicians Think EHR Technology Improves Outcomes

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The adoption of EHR technology was expected to improve patient health outcomes and quality of care. To determine whether EHR systems have truly helped with these healthcare objectives, who would be the most trustworthy professional to ask? Physicians...

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