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Devin Jopp Resigns as President and CEO of WEDI

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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...

Half of HIM Pros Face Patient Matching, Data Integrity Issues

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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...

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?

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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...

CMS Seeks Input on Clinical Quality Measures, 2015 CEHRT

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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...

ONC Releases Final 2016 Health Data Interoperability Advisory

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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...

CMS Details MACRA, MIPS Accountable Care Quality Metrics

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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