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Stakeholders Plead for Flexibility in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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“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...

How to Gather Good Data for Healthcare Claims Accuracy Testing

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In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the health care industry will lose about $22,000 to waste, fraud and other issues related to claims accuracy and administration. That’s a $275 billion loss in the United States each year,...

Demographic Data Quality Key in Improving Patient Matching

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Increasing patient demographic data quality can lead to significant improvements in patient matching systems, a new Sequoia Project report explains. Through a detailed case study of Intermountain Healthcare’s patient matching...

HIMSS: Don’t Oversimplify EHR Interoperability Data Standards

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There is no question that developing a codified set of broadly applicable data standards to improve EHR interoperability and health information exchange is hard work – a challenge that the Office of the National Coordinator and other healthcare...

Stage 3 MU Steadily Loses Favor as EHR Usability Concerns Rise

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Support for Stage 3 meaningful use is ebbing to an all-time low as medical societies and prominent stakeholders continue to push back against the program’s ambitious – and some say untenable – implementation timeline and requirements. ...

VA, DOD Data Interoperability Woes Set Questionable Example

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After years of watching two of the nation’s largest healthcare systems flounder in front of Congress as they attempt to explain their struggles to meet federal health data interoperability goals, healthcare industry observers could be forgiven...

GAO: VA Patient Panel Setup Limits Data Analytics, Care Access

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Unpredictable variation in the sizes of patient panels attributed to primary care providers in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be restricting patient access to basic services, found a report by the Government Accountability Office...

Information Blocking? Prove It First, Say EHR Vendors to ONC

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When it comes to actively blocking health information exchange and interoperability, EHR vendors are innocent until proven guilty, industry representatives from the HIMSS EHR Association (EHRA) asserted in a letter sent to the ONC in response...

Epic, Cerner, More EHR Leaders Agree to Interoperability Metrics

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At the KLAS Keystone Summit earlier this month, executives from a dozen major electronic health record vendors have agreed to develop an objective measurement framework for health data interoperability, says a press release recapping the event. ...

CMS Seeks Comments on Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

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Healthcare stakeholders who need a little more time to gather their thoughts about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) may take advantage of an extended comment period, CMS said in a document slated for publication in the Federal...

How to Close Gaps between ACO Measure Sets, Clinical Practice

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Accountable care organizations may be all the rage among both public and private payers, but the quality measures used to gauge performance – and dole out shared savings and other reimbursement – are not always as complete, accurate,...

AAFP to ONC: Don’t Blame Docs for EHR Interoperability Woes

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No matter how hard they try, family physicians simply can’t make EHR interoperability magically appear when working with substandard software, and shouldn’t be shouldering the blame for the industry’s current data exchange predicament,...

Five Tips for Making the Most of ICD-10 Specificity Changes

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ICD-10 is a learning process.  Far from being a one-and-done crisis that started and ended on October 1, the industry is going to be spending the next few months – or years – coming to grips with what the upgraded code set really...

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