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EHR Adoption, Population Health a Struggle for Rural Providers


Rural and small hospitals often face a lack of resources, limited budgets and competition from larger healthcare organizations and accountable care organizations. These organizations also endure pressure to electronically modernize services for...

As ICD-10 Grace Period Ends, EHR Data Quality Reclaims Attention


Just when it seemed like the healthcare industry had successfully laid its phobia of ICD-10 to rest, another October is bringing yet another challenge to health information managers and EHR-using clinicians. The yearlong ICD-10 grade period,...

1304 Health Centers Share $100M in Quality Improvement Funds


More than 1300 health centers across the country will be splitting $100 million in HHS grant funding to drive quality improvements, health IT adoption, and other patient-centered practice transformation efforts.  The grants, announced last...

Healthcare Big Data Silos Prevent Delivery of Coordinated Care


Complaints about silos in healthcare are nothing new. For a patient to fill a single prescription, there are several disconnected groups that need to work together to move the process forward. The specialist and the primary doctor have to connect...

CMS Hosts Help Session for Physician Quality Reporting System


CMS is holding virtual “office hours” for providers who are unsure how to successfully attest for the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System.  The first of three online sessions focused on PQRS reporting will take place on Tuesday,...

CMS Allows Orgs to Share and Sell Medicare, Private Claims Data


As part of its broader initiative to enact healthcare reform under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), CMS has announced a final rule that will expand access to the claims data required for the big data analytics that power...

Real World Evidence, Big Data Can Speed Clinical Innovation


Well-designed and properly executed clinical trials are often used to gain the stamp of approval for new drugs, therapies, or guidelines, but the process of developing a new treatment protocol should not end with this initial study period. ...

Cancer Patient Care Coordination Key to Medical Home Program


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has partnered with the University of Chicago Medicine to establish the oncology intensive medical home program, which aims to improve patient care coordination and chronic disease management initiatives...

Are Google’s Predictive Analytics Worth Patient Privacy Risks?


The healthcare industry hasn’t always been kind to Google, which has dabbled in the shallows of patient data and personalized health for several years now, but a promising new contract with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service...

CMS Publishes Medicare Payment Info to Promote Data Transparency


In an attempt to increase data transparency within its Medicare programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2014 Physician and Other Supplier Utilizations and Payment data and updated its policies on publishing...

Data Governance Can Help Improve Patient Matching Issues


Better data governance is necessary to reduce duplicate patient records and improve the process for patient matching, according to a new study published in Perspectives in Health Information Management, the online journal for the AHIMA Foundation....

Data Governance, More Attention Required for Patient Safety


The healthcare industry will need to improve its reliance on data governance and focus on developing additional reporting standards if it is to make true improvements to patient safety, say Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, and Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, in...

ONC Needs Input on MACRA Interoperability Measurement Program


The Department of Health and Human Services is still in search of the right strategies to make seamless health data interoperability a reality across the care continuum, and the Office of the National Coordinator is hoping that the stakeholders...

How to Participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System


Healthcare providers may not always jump for joy when thinking about their participation in one or more of CMS’ plethora of quality reporting programs, but performance measurement initiatives are an inescapable part of practicing modern...

PCDC Celebrates Aiding Its 200th Patient-Centered Medical Home


Two hundred primary care practices have earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition with the help of the non-profit Primary Care Development Corporation, according to a recent press...

MSSP ACOs Need Better Cost Data, Benchmarking for Success


Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations will not be able to succeed long term without access to more detailed, localized, and targeted data sets and refined benchmarking frameworks, state a coalition of professional...

AHA Calls for Changes to Qualified Entity Data Sharing Rules


In a recent letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, the American Hospital Association detailed several recommendations related to the proposed rule expanding the uses of Medicare claims data under the Qualified Entity (QE) Program. The...

ONC, NIH Launch S4S Program for Precision Medicine Research


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the ONC, announced the launch of the new Sync for Science (S4S) program, a pilot initiative that permits individuals to access to their EHR data and send it to researchers, according...

Data Integrity Groups Rally for a National Patient Identifier


Nearly twenty years after Congress decided that the United States wasn’t ready for a national patient identifier, the healthcare industry is ramping up its efforts to challenge the government’s decision. Working with a drastically...

NIH, FDA Create Clinical Trial Template for Precision Medicine


As the Precision Medicine Initiative starts to increase the amount and scope of medical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and FDA are seeking public comment on a draft template that provides guidance to investigators looking to...


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