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EHRs Contribute to Patient Safety Risks, Communication Errors


Electronic health records may not be the only reason why patient safety is put at risk by poor communication and human errors, but they are certainly contributing to the problem, according to a report by CRICO Strategies.  The latest patient...

CMS to Update to MSSP Accountable Care Organization Benchmarks


CMS is continuing to make much-needed tweaks to its healthcare reform programs, using a new proposed rule to tackle benchmarking issues with its Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organization framework. While the number...

Can Senate Health Data Interoperability Proposals Improve HIE?


Health data interoperability owes a significant debt to the Senate Health Committee, which has been instrumental in goading the industry towards improved health information exchange over the past year or so. Through a series of high-profile public...

WEDI Appoints Charles Stellar as Interim President and CEO


After the abrupt departure of Devin Jopp, EdD, from WEDI’s top post last week, the health information exchange and data governance organization has announced the appointment of Charles W. Stellar to fill the void. Stellar, who most recently...

HL7, ONC Seek Entries for C-CDA Data Visualization Challenge


Standard protocols that allow health information exchange EHR interoperability are all very well and good, but they do little to truly aid clinical care if the resulting data is unreadable to human providers.  While the Consolidated Clinical...

CMS Gets “Deadly Serious” About Interoperability as MU Fades


At the JP Morgan Annual Health Care Conference this week, Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt offered the healthcare industry something very rare: a straightforward, plain-talking look into its immediate regulatory future. After years of back-and-forth...

Devin Jopp Resigns as President and CEO of WEDI


WEDI President and CEO, Devin Jopp, EdD, has tendered his resignation after four years leading the national health IT organization. WEDI has been a significant voice for the improvement of health information exchange, health data interoperability,...

Half of HIM Pros Face Patient Matching, Data Integrity Issues


More than half of health information management professionals routinely face problems related to patient matching, record duplication, and other data integrity shortfalls, reveals a new survey by AHIMA.  Nearly three-quarters of those HIM...

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?


It’s a subject that few physicians want to face during the later stages of their careers.  At what point does a clinician become too old to effective deliver high quality care with a minimum risk to patient safety? As fewer young medical...

CMS Seeks Input on Clinical Quality Measures, 2015 CEHRT


CMS is starting off the new year in listening mode with a request for public comment on several key health IT initiatives, including clinical quality measures (CQMs) and the testing and certification processes involved in readying EHR modules...

ONC Releases Final 2016 Health Data Interoperability Advisory


The Office of the National Coordinator has published its final version of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), a document that is intended to help healthcare organizations gauge the maturity, adoption, and usefulness of health...

CMS Details MACRA, MIPS Accountable Care Quality Metrics


CMS is bringing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) one step closer to its 2019 implementation date by providing the industry with a timeline for the development of quality metrics and other measures that will gauge provider performance...

Stakeholders Plead for Flexibility in Stage 3 Meaningful Use


CMS may be getting more flak than it bargained for when it opened up the final Stage 3 meaningful use regulations for public comment.  Dozens of irate physicians and a slew of professional societies have eagerly voiced their opinions about...

50M Patients Will Access Open EHR Notes with New Partnership


Fifty million patients across the nation will soon have access to more of their electronic health record information thanks to a $10 million joint initiative between the Cambia Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Peterson Center...

Bringing the Patient Voice into an Accountable Care Organization


While the growth rate of accountable care organizations (ACOs) has slowed over the past two years, and despite several departures from Medicare’s Pioneer ACO program, approximately 70 percent of the US population live in areas served by...

Carequality Releases New Health IT Interoperability Framework


Carequality, a cross-industry health IT interoperability partnership, is forging ahead with its mission to bring improved data sharing, big data analytics capabilities, and health information exchange to providers nationwide.  Today, the...

Physicians, Lawmakers Rally to Retool Stage 3 Meaningful Use


The year may be winding down as the healthcare industry approaches the holidays, but providers, lawmakers, and advocacy groups are not easing up on the pressure to hit the brakes on Stage 3 meaningful use.  The last step of the EHR Incentive...

3 Ways to Win the EHR, Health IT Argument on Thanksgiving


There are a few universal truths about the great American Thanksgiving holiday.  The turkey is never cooked just right, the TV is on too loud, there’s that one family member that will show up late to the party – and someone,...

Why are EHR Alerts, Clinical Decision Support So Ineffective?


Backed by sophisticated big data analytics algorithms and advanced clinical know-how, EHR alerts are supposed to be the solution to the deadly problems of adverse drug events and inappropriate prescribing.  Clinical decision support features...

Top Five Reasons Why Providers Hate the EHR Incentive Programs


“Hate” may seem like a strong word to use for describing a series of regulations intended to improve the quality and delivery of patient care, but it barely scratches the surface for many providers responding to the public comment...


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