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Urgent Care Centers Show Lackluster Antibiotic Stewardship

July 18, 2018 - Nearly forty-six percent of urgent care center visits resulting in an antibiotic prescription were for conditions that do not call for antibiotic treatment , revealing that more robust antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) may be necessary in these settings, according to a study from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the CDC.    Pew noted that individuals make approximately 160 mi...


US Digital Service Revamps CMS, QPP User Experience from the Inside Out


The notorious inefficiency of the federal government has long been a common complaint for citizens, businesses, and other entities attempting to acquire information, apply for programs, or receive acknowledgement for some achievement. Healt...Since the advent of the EHR Incentive Programs, participating healthcare providers have ramped up their interactions with CMS, especially in the digital environment.  CMS has made a concerted effort to shift reporting requirements to o...The API, released towards the end of 2016, plays a key role in submitting and interacting with QPP data.  Providers can submit their performance data electronically and receive real-time feedback on the information, including prelimina...“I know there’s a lot of debate about the value of claims data, but I truly believe claims can be unbelievably powerful if you combine them with the right analytics technology,” said Sartin.  “We have data on ab...

CMS Unveils Interoperability, EHR Clinical Documentation Changes


CMS has released proposed rules for Medicare that would make good on its promises to promote interoperability, reduce administrative burdens for physicians, and expand patient data access capabilities. The proposals, teased over the past fe...

EHR Natural Language Processing Errors Bring Patient Safety Concerns


Speech recognition software that leverages natural language processing (NLP) to create clinical documentation has become increasingly popular among EHR users, but the potential for errors that lead to patient safety issues may be a matter o...

CMS: Data Analytics will Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity


New CMS initiatives will utilize advanced data analytics tools, quality data, and increased transparency to strengthen Medicaid program integrity and ensure the sustainability of the program for all beneficiaries. In recent years, Medicaid ...

CMS Begins the Search for a Chief Health Informatics Officer


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to add a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) to its health IT leadership roster, according to a job posting on The position is brand new, and reflects the agency&rsq...

CMS Data Element Library Promotes Health Information Exchange


CMS has announced the availability of the Data Element Library (DEL), a database that will promote health information exchange, increase communication among healthcare facilities, and enhance care coordination. The DEL is a free, centralize...

FDA: Drug Development Transparency Key for Precision Medicine


New guidance from the FDA urges drug development stakeholders to be transparent with their data as a way to maintain high quality and foster patient-centered precision medicine.   Innovative, personalized treatments are being developed...

Provider Data Management Offers Payers a Blockchain Use Case


Moving provider directories onto a blockchain could offer payers a high-value use case for exploring the role of distributed ledgers in healthcare data management, assert Humana and Ernst & Young (EY) in a new white paper.  Payers,...

93% of Clinical Trial Participants Comfortable with Data Sharing


Ninety-three percent of clinical trial participants reported that they would be comfortable with data sharing, allowing universities and other non-profit organizations to access their information and accelerate discoveries, according to a r...

CMS Efforts to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save $2.9B


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report showing that CMS-led patient safety initiatives have reduced hospital-acquired conditions, helping to prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and saving $2.9 billion in h...

Nurses Play a Critical Role in EHR Optimization, Data Governance


Most healthcare organizations have now celebrated at least a handful of anniversaries with their electronic health records, and are now coming to the realization that implementation was only the start of a long and often difficult optimizat...“Implementation is just the beginning,” she told  “It’s a journey that evolves over time as you become more sophisticated users of the system.  How you govern that journey is key for ...

EHR Satisfaction Rises, Usability Complaints Drop for Nurses


Electronic health record (EHR) satisfaction and acceptance among nurses has improved significantly, with ninety-six percent reporting that they would not want to go back to using paper records, according to a recent Black Book survey. This ...

Verma: CMS Will “Use Every Lever” for Promoting Interoperability, Data Access


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is doubling down on its commitment to health data interoperability and ensuring that patients have comprehensive access to their own health data, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in an ...“We’re ready to go the last mile when it comes to interoperability,” said Verma. “There has been a lot of work done in terms of making sure providers are using electronic health records, and that’s great.&rdquo...

CMS Renames Meaningful Use to Highlight Interoperability Goals


CMS has announced a rebrand of the familiar EHR Incentive Programs, commonly known as meaningful use, to reflect its ongoing commitment to interoperability, patient data access, and system-wide health information exchange. According to a pr...

Patient Matching Issues Stem from Poor Data Standardization


Poor data standardization can result in incomplete and inaccurate data collection, patient matching issues, and slower organizational workflows, according to a study published in AHIMA’s Perspectives in Health Information Management. ...

Patient Matching Issues Increase Costs, Threaten Patient Safety


Patient matching issues that result in duplicate records and repeated medical care cost an average of $1950 per patient per inpatient stay and over $800 per ED visit, according to a Black Book survey of 1392 health technology managers. Surv...

Data Analytics, Agile Implementation Speed Healthcare Quality Improvement


The healthcare industry has been through numerous trials in recent years, from the financial and technical alterations brought by the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act to the rise of consumerism and the advent of the digital age. While...Coupled with the very real challenges of big data analytics and the financial pressures of population health management and value-based care, healthcare organizations are in dire need of new strategies to help them manage patients more effe...“It takes an average of seventeen years to implement only about 15 percent of evidence-based solutions in the healthcare industry,” Boustani noted.  “Seventeen years is far too long when you have patients’ lives in your hands.” “If you thin...Working in the safety-net environment can be a challenge, but it is also a prime opportunity to explore just how robust and durable a new strategy can be. “If you can make something like this happen in the safety-net world, you can probably...

CMS Announces Patient-Centered Data Sharing Initiative


LAS VEGAS - CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced a new initiative to ensure that patients remain at the center of the healthcare system as providers and payers continue to transition to value-based care.   The MyHealthEData init...

Big Data Analytics, Governance Align CHI’s 100+ Hospitals


No matter what their scope or scale, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with developing the data analytics and governance competencies to gain much-needed visibility into their opportunities to improve. Organizations big and smal...The sheer size of the $15.9 billion organization, which also includes employed providers, ambulatory clinics, home health facilities, and other environments, sets it apart from many of the country’s other healthcare delivery networks....


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