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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

One Week of ICD-10: Docs Grumble, Vendors Relax, Payers Scramble

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Is ICD-10 a success so far?  It depends on who you ask.  As the healthcare industry closes out its first full business week under the new code set, anecdotal evidence and preliminary claims data suggest little more than what most...

Breaking Down the ONC Health Data Interoperability Roadmap

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Over the past few years, health data interoperability has become a top priority for the Office of National Coordinator.  Buffeted by complaints from Congress and industry stakeholders about the deeply entrenched data siloes and...

CMS Cuts Stage 2 MU Patient Engagement Threshold to One User

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The dreaded five percent patient engagement requirement for Stage 2 meaningful use is no more, now that CMS has released its final flexibility rule covering changes to the EHR Incentive Programs between 2015 and 2017.  Despite broad...

HHS Releases 2015 CEHRT, Meaningful Use Flexibility Rules

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While it isn’t the Stage 3 meaningful use delay that many stakeholders are anxious to see, HHS has finally allowed the healthcare industry to view and comment on the flexibility provisions for the EhR Incentive Programs, which will...

Big Data Analytics, Accountable Care Need C-Suite Collaboration

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Chief Medical Officers and Chief Financial Officers must put aside their differences and embrace a spirit of collaboration if they are to extract maximum value from big data analytics and value-based, accountable care arrangements,...

ICD-10 is Here, but October 1 Isn’t the Date to Worry About

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It’s happened.  ICD-10 is here.  After years of arguments, delays, trepidation, and downright hostility from healthcare providers deeply concerned about their revenue cycles and coder productivity, the last roadblocks to...

HIM Pros Can Help Optimize EHRs, Interpret Big Data Analytics

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The health information management profession goes far beyond the simple - or not so simple - act of coding a medical record for billing purposes.  As the healthcare industry begins to recognize the strategic importance of collecting...

Outsourcing Computer Assisted Coding, CDI Brings 93% of Hospitals Revenue

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The vast majority of larger hospitals that have been outsourcing their clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and computer assisted coding (CAC) activities for nine months ahead of the ICD-10 transition have seen significant gains in...

Can Big Data Analytics, Data Governance Restore Joy to Medicine?

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NEW ORLEANS - Physicians who are struggling to muster up the enthusiasm to continue the practice of medicine may not feel like adding a mountain of big data to the mix will do much to help them recapture the joy of patient care. ...

Why are HIM Pros Key to Big Data Analytics, Precision Medicine?

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NEW ORLEANS - Healthcare big data analytics and precision medicine won’t get very far without the knowledge, expertise, and unique skills of health information management professionals, said John Showalter, MD, MSIS during a...

ICD-10 Implementation is Just the Beginning for Coder Education

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NEW ORLEANS - October 1, 2015 is etched into the consciousness of health information management professionals as the day when ICD-10 finally becomes a reality, but anyone who thinks that the hard work will be over once the first ICD-10...

AHIMA: “Long-Awaited” ICD-10 Implementation is Good for Patients

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NEW ORLEANS - With ICD-10 implementation just three short days away, AHIMA is celebrating what it sees as a victory for data integrity during the 2015 Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans.  The new code set promises both benefits and...

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