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Final ICD-10 Preparation Checklist for Hospitals and Physicians


It may still be pool party weather in most of the country as the dog days of August slowly slink by, but cool temperatures and an undoubtedly cool reception for October 1, 2015 are right around the corner.  With little evidence that ICD-10...

CMS Offers Coding “Cheat Sheets” for ICD-10 Implementation


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is doing everything it can to inspire confidence in providers during the final few weeks before ICD-10 implementation.  As part of the Road to Ten preparation resource package, CMS has...

Will Meaningful Use Disgruntlement Delay Precision Medicine?


EHRs and meaningful use simply don’t make anyone happy, if the latest in a long line of dismal survey results is to be believed.  Torturous interfaces, unbreakable data siloes, endless quality reporting requirements, and untenable...

77% of Patients Experience Inaccurate EHR Medication Reconciliation


A study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care found that more than three quarters of patients experienced a medication reconciliation discrepancy when researchers compared EHR data with pharmacy claims data.   Active...

Data Governance, Partnership Key to DOD EHR Project, Cerner Says


Cerner President Zane Burke had a lot to celebrate in a corporate earning call held August 4, which made special mention of the EHR vendor’s role in the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health’s triumph over its competitors, which included...

Will Lower EHR Copying Fees Improve Patient Engagement?


While patient portals are becoming increasingly popular in healthcare organizations, especially as more providers seek to attest to Stage 2 meaningful use, but many patients, caregivers, or legal representatives still need to request copies of...

EHR Interoperability, HIE Criteria Prompt Stage 3 MU Concerns


Currently available EHR technologies do not have the interoperability and bi-directional health information exchange capabilities to meet criteria included in the proposed Stage 3 meaningful use rule, state a coalition of health IT stakeholders...

25% of Physicians Won’t Be Ready for ICD-10 Implementation


There are only fifty-eight days until the ICD-10 deadline, yet only one in five physicians has even started conducting external testing with health plans or clearinghouses, WEDI says in a press release detailing results from its latest ICD-10...

Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay Intensify with New Bill


Congress is doubling down on its calls to pull the emergency brake on Stage 3 meaningful use with a new piece of legislation that would delay rulemaking for the third segment of the EHR Incentive Programs until at least 2017.  This week,...

CMS Turns to Value-Based Reimbursement, Data Analytics at 50


Medicare has experienced its fair share of ups and downs during the first fifty years of its life, but former CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, believes the massive public insurance program is just getting started.  In an interview...

What Does “Flexible” ICD-10 Implementation Really Mean?


Earlier in July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appeared to be answering the fervent wishes of the healthcare industry by announcing that it would commit to a “flexible” ICD-10 implementation process.  While the...

Last Minute ICD-10 Testing, Preparation Tips for Providers


As October 1, 2015 draws ever nearer, CMS is ramping up its efforts to provide ICD-10 testing and preparation know-how to providers who may be trying to sprint towards the finish line.   Despite the fact that there are only 68 days until...

Who is Responsible for Ensuring Health Data Interoperability?


The ongoing task of digitizing the healthcare industry has never been anything short of frustrating for every stakeholder involved.  Regulators have struggled with convincing providers that investments in EHRs and health information exchange...

Health IT Patient Safety Center to Tackle EHR, Usability Hazards


The breakneck pace of EHR adoption and the industry’s sudden reliance on health IT systems to complete the majority of their daily tasks has its positives and negatives.  While technology has enabled providers to engage in predictive...

AHIMA, IHE Publish Draft Information Governance, Big Data Paper


Helping healthcare organizations develop a cohesive, standardized approach to information governance in the big data era has been a major focus for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) over the past few years as providers...

Is ICD-10 Dual Coding Proposal Even a Feasible Alternative?


There has been no shortage of ICD-10 legislation hitting the House floor in the past couple of months as healthcare stakeholders seek new avenues for easing the predicted burden of the transition.  While even the most steadfast opponents...

Virtual Clipboard Pilot for Patient Matching Moves Forward


The Virtual Clipboard project, a collaborative push to improve patient matching, registration, and health data interoperability in a standardized way, is moving forward into its pilot phase, announced stakeholders today.  Led by the Sullivan...

After CMS Tenure, Tavenner Takes Over Payer Relations at AHIP


Months after stepping down as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn B. Tavenner will become President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a powerful trade group for payers that includes...

CMS to Require Health Information Exchange for Long-Term Care


A new proposed rule released this week in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging would require long-term care (LTC) facilities and nursing homes to participate in health information exchange, CMS says.  During a patient transfer...

Big Data on Patient Transfers Raises Quality, Snags Revenue


When it comes to transitions of care, much has been made about the need for a patient’s data to follow him or her along the care continuum.  Primary care providers, specialists, and hospitals exist in isolated data bubbles, their conversations...


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