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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...

Can FHIR Spark Health Information Exchange, Interoperability?

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Health information exchange in the United Sates may suffer from chronic fragmentation, data duplication, misinterpretation, ambiguity, and disunity, but there’s one thing nearly all providers can come together to agree upon: data interoperability...

SGR Fix to Simplify Quality Reporting, Value-Based Payments

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In an annual battle that has flared up every spring since 1997, Congress is once again considering the repeal and replacement of the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), and this year’s potential legislation has significant impacts on CMS...

CMS Details Methods for Streamlined Quality Program Reporting

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CMS has long faced criticism that its quality program reporting structures are cumbersome and difficult to understand, but the agency is currently taking steps to ensure that the process becomes easier for providers who are participating in multiple...

87% of Patients Want Health Information Exchange Without Fees

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Patients believe strongly in the idea of free, facile health information exchange that allows providers to access critical patient data wherever the patient goes, according to a new survey by the Society of Participatory Medicine and ORC International....

EHNAC Releases Practice Management Accreditation Criteria

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EHNAC has released its initial practice management accreditation criteria for vendors interested in certifying that their products meet minimum privacy, security, and functionality standards.  The program is designed to promote trust between...

CHIME Offers $1M for 100% Accurate Patient Matching Solution

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is putting $1 million up for grabs in search of an interoperable and scalable patient matching solution.  The competition hopes to encourage developers and innovators to create...

Medical Device Integration a Key Concern for Patient Safety

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Even though patient monitoring devices are among the most basic, essential, and frequently used tools in healthcare, medical device integration is a subject that has been largely relegated to second-tier status as healthcare organizations continue...

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