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CMS Details MACRA Quality Reporting, Payment Reform Proposals

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In the first update to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) since the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula was repealed in April, CMS has unveiled its proposed rule for implementing some of its major changes to the industry’s clinical...

Andy Slavitt Nominated to Head CMS, but Faces Challenges

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Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt may be moving into Medicare’s top spot permanently if the Senate confirms the White House’s Thursday nomination, major news outlets report.  Slavitt, who stepped in to fill the position vacated...

HIM, Healthcare Big Data Analytics Skills Increase in Demand

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Healthcare big data analytics and informatics skills will be among the most sought-after competencies for health information management (HIM) professionals in the next few years, predicts a survey published in the Journal of AHIMA.  Despite...

CHIME: Patient Matching Crucial for HIE, Care Coordination

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The healthcare industry is in need of much more robust, accurate, and sophisticated patient matching techniques if it is to take full advantage of health information exchange and care coordination technologies, say CHIME leaders in a letter to...

ONC Reissues Call for Certified EHR Technology Test Procedures

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The ONC is hoping to remind providers that it is still accepting proposals for Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) test procedures, tools, and data after publishing a notice in the Federal Register earlier this summer.  In a new blog post on...

CMS, AMA Compromise on ICD-10 Implementation Flexibility

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The dreaded ICD-10 implementation process may be getting a little bit easier for healthcare providers when October 1, 2015 finally rolls around, CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA) said in a joint announcement this week.  The...

June ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Produces 90% Acceptance Rate

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The latest results from Medicare’s ICD-10 end-to-end testing seem to indicate an upward trend in the claims acceptance rate as the clock ticks down to October 1, 2015.  During June’s end-to-end testing week, 90 percent of test...

ICD-10 Implementation Fight Drags On with Three Months Left

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ICD-10 implementation opponents are nowhere near ready to give up the fight as the calendar moves relentlessly towards October 1, 2015.  Despite the fact that the ICD-10 compliance date is less than 100 days away, healthcare stakeholders...

Expectations Clash over Informal, Online Patient Engagement

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Tech-savvy, smartphone-toting patients may be strapping on wearables and tapping on mHealth apps all day long, but many providers still aren’t sure if they want the added burden, annoyance, or responsibility of communicating with their...

Healtheway Rebrands to Promote Health Data Interoperability

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Healtheway, one of the nation’s most successful health data interoperability collaborations to date, announced a new strategy and direction this morning, punctuated by a name change.  The non-profit organization that supports the national...

Patient Management, Attribution Program Expands Access to Care

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While hospitals and health systems face numerous obstacles when it comes to caring for patients across a complex, convoluted continuum of care, sometimes the most challenging part of the process is ensuring that patients are able to make initial...

Improving the Role of EHRs in Population Health Management

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The Department of Health and Human Services has spent half a dozen years and billions of dollars trying to convince healthcare providers that the electronic health record is a valuable tool for improving the quality and coordination of care across...

ICD-10 Group Slams “Safe Harbor” Bills, Debunks Coding Myths

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Mention the phrase “ICD-10 transition” to a healthcare provider, and most will respond with an instinctive grimace and a few choice words for federal regulators intent on seeing the new code set implemented on October 1, 2015 –...

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...

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