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Breaking Down the ONC Health Data Interoperability Roadmap

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Over the past few years, health data interoperability has become a top priority for the Office of National Coordinator.  Buffeted by complaints from Congress and industry stakeholders about the deeply entrenched data siloes and proprietary...

CMS Cuts Stage 2 MU Patient Engagement Threshold to One User

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The dreaded five percent patient engagement requirement for Stage 2 meaningful use is no more, now that CMS has released its final flexibility rule covering changes to the EHR Incentive Programs between 2015 and 2017.  Despite broad adoption...

HHS Releases 2015 CEHRT, Meaningful Use Flexibility Rules

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While it isn’t the Stage 3 meaningful use delay that many stakeholders are anxious to see, HHS has finally allowed the healthcare industry to view and comment on the flexibility provisions for the EhR Incentive Programs, which will primarily...

Big Data Analytics, Accountable Care Need C-Suite Collaboration

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Chief Medical Officers and Chief Financial Officers must put aside their differences and embrace a spirit of collaboration if they are to extract maximum value from big data analytics and value-based, accountable care arrangements, according...

ICD-10 is Here, but October 1 Isn’t the Date to Worry About

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It’s happened.  ICD-10 is here.  After years of arguments, delays, trepidation, and downright hostility from healthcare providers deeply concerned about their revenue cycles and coder productivity, the last roadblocks to the updated...

HIM Pros Can Help Optimize EHRs, Interpret Big Data Analytics

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The health information management profession goes far beyond the simple - or not so simple - act of coding a medical record for billing purposes.  As the healthcare industry begins to recognize the strategic importance of collecting big...

Outsourcing Computer Assisted Coding, CDI Brings 93% of Hospitals Revenue

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The vast majority of larger hospitals that have been outsourcing their clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and computer assisted coding (CAC) activities for nine months ahead of the ICD-10 transition have seen significant gains in revenue,...

Can Big Data Analytics, Data Governance Restore Joy to Medicine?

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NEW ORLEANS - Physicians who are struggling to muster up the enthusiasm to continue the practice of medicine may not feel like adding a mountain of big data to the mix will do much to help them recapture the joy of patient care.  After all,...

Why are HIM Pros Key to Big Data Analytics, Precision Medicine?

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NEW ORLEANS - Healthcare big data analytics and precision medicine won’t get very far without the knowledge, expertise, and unique skills of health information management professionals, said John Showalter, MD, MSIS during a standing-room-only...

ICD-10 Implementation is Just the Beginning for Coder Education

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NEW ORLEANS - October 1, 2015 is etched into the consciousness of health information management professionals as the day when ICD-10 finally becomes a reality, but anyone who thinks that the hard work will be over once the first ICD-10 claim...

AHIMA: “Long-Awaited” ICD-10 Implementation is Good for Patients

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NEW ORLEANS - With ICD-10 implementation just three short days away, AHIMA is celebrating what it sees as a victory for data integrity during the 2015 Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans.  The new code set promises both benefits and headaches...

Patient Adherence, Evidence-Based Care Top Priority for Docs

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Increasing patient adherence and delivering evidence-based treatment programs are top priorities for the vast majority of physicians, according to a new survey from the American Association for Physician Leaders (AAPL) and the Navigant Center...

What to Expect at AHIMA: ICD-10, Big Data, Population Health

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The 2015 AHIMA Convention may be taking place in the Big Easy next week, but there’s nothing simple about any of the top issues that attendees are facing as an eventful year in healthcare comes to a close.  Thousands of health information...

WEDI and NATE Partner for Patient Matching, Interoperability

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The Virtual Clipboard Initiative, a collaborative project that hopes to drastically improve patient matching techniques and broaden health data interoperability, will be moving into its second phase with the help of the National Association for...

One Week to Go: Top 5 ICD-10 Implementation Facts to Remember

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Anyone still holding out hope for an ICD-10 implementation delay may finally need to resign themselves to the fact that the new code set is coming – and there is only one week left until the fateful day dawns.  After years of debates...

IOM: Use EHRs More Efficiently for Patient Safety, Diagnostics

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Electronic health records and clinical decision support functionalities can be vital tools for providers during the process of diagnosis, says the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a new report, but healthcare organizations must learn how to leverage...

Federal HIT Plan Focuses on Population Health, Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement and robust population health management are two of the top goals for CMS and the ONC over the next five years, says National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo in a letter prefacing the new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.  Released...

Don’t Publish Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule, Urge AMA and Others

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The American Medical Association and forty other professional societies are strongly urging HHS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) not to publish the finalized rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use.  Citing low uptake of Stage 2 attestation...

Can CommonWell Make Health Data Interoperability a Reality?

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Of the growing number of private industry projects aimed at bringing health data interoperability to the masses, the CommonWell Health Alliance has always seemed like a leader of the pack.  Founded in 2013 and able to announce pilot sites...

Epic, Cerner, DirectTrust, and the Quest for EHR Interoperability

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For a concept that is supposed to bring healthcare organizations together, EHR interoperability is certainly one of the most divisive topics in the industry.  With hundreds of different opinions about how to achieve it, where to start, what...

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