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WEDI Seeks ICD-10 Preparedness Survey Responses by July 10

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is asking healthcare providers in the middle of the ICD-10 preparedness plans to devote a few moments to its latest periodic ICD-10 readiness survey.  The survey, one of the primary benchmarks...

ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Sees 88% Acceptance Rate in April

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With the release of April’s ICD-10 end-to-end-testing week statistics, CMS hopes that evidence is building for a less-painful-than-expected transition.  The 88 percent claims acceptance rate generated during the most recent testing...

Developing Big Data Governance Strategies for Better EHR Use

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Healthcare organizations still searching for the key to unlocking the full potential of their electronic health records systems need to turn their eyes back to the basics by adhering to strong data governance principles and strategies that emphasize...

ONC Restructures Health IT Standards Committee into Task Forces

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The Office of the National Coordinator is gearing up for change as the six-year-old Health IT Standards Committee (HITSC) moves into a cycle of membership renewal and restructuring, write Jon White, MD, Acting Deputy National Coordinator and...

ONC Health IT Interoperability Plan Gathers Fractious Comments

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As the healthcare industry moves into the meatier stages of the EHR Incentive Programs, the Office of the National Coordinator has shifted its focus from health IT adoption to health IT interoperability.  After laying out its vision for...

Is the ICD-10 Transition Grace Period Legislation a Necessity?

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As the October 1, 2015 deadline draws nearer, the annual flurry of legislative activity around the ICD-10 transition has been picking up as lawmakers volunteer alternatives to the way the implementation process is currently slated to take place. ...

CMS Issues Last Call for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Volunteers

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CMS has extended the deadline for healthcare providers who wish to volunteer for this summer’s final ICD-10 end-to-end testing week.  In an email to prospective volunteers, CMS urges healthcare organizations to put in their bids to...

Four Ways to Boost EHR Data Integrity for Big Data Analytics

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At the center of every healthcare analytics project to support population health management or quality improvement lies a critical piece of technology: the electronic health record.   Most patient data enters the health IT ecosystem...

CMS Highlights Need for ICD-10 Preparation as Deadline Nears

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ICD-10 preparation is taking on an increasing sense of urgency as October 1, 2015 steamrolls towards the industry with little hope of another delay.  With many providers still lagging behind recommended benchmarks and testing opportunities...

CMS Outlines Future for Clinical Quality Reporting Programs

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Clinical quality reporting programs for physicians are getting a makeover as part of CMS’ ongoing efforts to better measure improvements in care quality, population health management, and patient safety, said Principal Deputy Administrator...

Physician Quality Reporting System Penalties Snag 470K EPs

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Nearly half a million eligible professionals will be losing 1.5 percent of their Medicare reimbursements thanks to non-participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program in 2013, CMS says.  Despite increasing participation...

As HIMSS15 Ends, Health Data Interoperability is Just Starting

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The annual HIMSS conference and the thorny problem of health data interoperability have a lot in common.  Each brings together thousands of stakeholders, many with their own objectives, in a collaborative environment intended to foster the...

Obama Signs Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal, Ending an Era

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Yesterday, President Obama put his pen to one of the most significant pieces of healthcare legislation since the Affordable Care Act.  The Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate repeal, passed in landslide votes by the House and the Senate, will simplify...

Epic, Carequality Challenge CommonWell on EHR Interoperability

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After years of providers and rulemakers complaining that the healthcare industry has made little to no progress on EHR interoperability, a flurry of activity from the vendor community is starting to shake up the scene.  At HIMSS15 today, Epic...

Are Vendors, Providers Blocking Health Data Interoperability?

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Are healthcare providers and EHR vendors actively trying to block health data interoperability and health information exchange?  Maybe so, but hard evidence is difficult to come by, says a report from the Office of the National Coordinator....

EHR Data Integrity, Care Coordination Top Patient Safety Risks

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Poor EHR data integrity, overwhelming alerts, and a number of potential hazards related to inadequate care coordination topped the ECRI Institute’s latest list of critical patient safety concerns. The annual list, which is often flooded with...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Prompts Hopes, Concerns for MGMA

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Stage 3 meaningful use, the latest and greatest effort from CMS to bring sophisticated EHR technology, health IT interoperability, increased population health management, and improved data analytics to a weary, wary healthcare industry has been...

Clinical Analytics, EHR Alerts Increase Drug Safety by 80%

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The use of clinical analytics and EHR alerts to identify potential adverse drug events helped Marshfield Clinic cut down on nearly 80 percent of possible instances where a prescription may have caused patient harm, finds a study published this...

ICD-10 Testing Scarce; Doubts Persist with Six Months Left

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Uncertainty, a lack of coordination, and a generally sluggish scramble for readiness mark the results of WEDI’s latest ICD-10 preparedness survey, released just six months before the October 1, 2015 deadline to implement the new codes.  With...

CommonWell Grows, Scuffles with Epic over EHR Interoperability

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The CommonWell Health Alliance is continuing to make its mark as a leader towards EHR interoperability with two significant announcements: the appointment of its first Executive Director, Jitin Asnaani, and the expansion of its membership rolls...

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