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One Week to Go: Top 5 ICD-10 Implementation Facts to Remember

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Anyone still holding out hope for an ICD-10 implementation delay may finally need to resign themselves to the fact that the new code set is coming – and there is only one week left until the fateful day dawns.  After years of...

IOM: Use EHRs More Efficiently for Patient Safety, Diagnostics

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Electronic health records and clinical decision support functionalities can be vital tools for providers during the process of diagnosis, says the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a new report, but healthcare organizations must learn how to...

Federal HIT Plan Focuses on Population Health, Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement and robust population health management are two of the top goals for CMS and the ONC over the next five years, says National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo in a letter prefacing the new Federal Health IT Strategic...

Don’t Publish Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule, Urge AMA and Others

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The American Medical Association and forty other professional societies are strongly urging HHS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) not to publish the finalized rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use.  Citing low uptake of Stage 2...

Can CommonWell Make Health Data Interoperability a Reality?

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Of the growing number of private industry projects aimed at bringing health data interoperability to the masses, the CommonWell Health Alliance has always seemed like a leader of the pack.  Founded in 2013 and able to announce pilot...

Epic, Cerner, DirectTrust, and the Quest for EHR Interoperability

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For a concept that is supposed to bring healthcare organizations together, EHR interoperability is certainly one of the most divisive topics in the industry.  With hundreds of different opinions about how to achieve it, where to...

Final Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Comes Closer to Publication

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The final rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use is now under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), bringing the hotly anticipated guidelines one step closer to publication and the opportunity for industrywide...

True Interoperability Requires Proof before Mandates, HL7 Says

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Before piling on additional EHR and health IT mandates, the federal government must prove to the healthcare industry that interoperability can produce measurable return on organizational investment, says Health Level Seven International...

CMS Names ICD-10 Ombudsman, Provides Last-Minute Tips

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As yellow buses and backpacks take over the lives of children once again, CMS hopes the healthcare industry will be in the mood to get back to school itself by learning its ICD-10 ABCs.  With less than one month until the October 1,...

Care Coordination, Quality Care Can Increase Patient Loyalty

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In the healthcare industry, ensuring patient consumer loyalty to a certain healthcare provider is critical not only for organization finances, but for physician reputation and job fulfillment as well. But what are the key factors in...

Final ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Week Sees 87% Success Rate

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With just over one month until the ICD-10 transition, CMS has released the latest statistics from its July ICD-10 end-to-end testing week.  Eighty-seven percent of submitted claims were accepted, mirroring results from earlier in the...

Precision Medicine Must Be a “Team Effort,” White House Says

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Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to precision medicine, says White House Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil in a blog post outlining the next steps for the nation’s march into genomics, big data analytics, and...

Big Data, Meaningful Use, BYOD Bring Problems, Opportunities

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To say that the healthcare industry is in a state of flux may be the understatement of the 21st century.  Despite ongoing criticism over the “slow” pace of big data analytics, EHR interoperability, patient engagement, and...

Final ICD-10 Preparation Checklist for Hospitals and Physicians

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It may still be pool party weather in most of the country as the dog days of August slowly slink by, but cool temperatures and an undoubtedly cool reception for October 1, 2015 are right around the corner.  With little evidence that...

CMS Offers Coding “Cheat Sheets” for ICD-10 Implementation

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is doing everything it can to inspire confidence in providers during the final few weeks before ICD-10 implementation.  As part of the Road to Ten preparation resource package, CMS...

Will Meaningful Use Disgruntlement Delay Precision Medicine?

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EHRs and meaningful use simply don’t make anyone happy, if the latest in a long line of dismal survey results is to be believed.  Torturous interfaces, unbreakable data siloes, endless quality reporting requirements, and...

77% of Patients Experience Inaccurate EHR Medication Reconciliation

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A study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care found that more than three quarters of patients experienced a medication reconciliation discrepancy when researchers compared EHR data with pharmacy claims data....

Data Governance, Partnership Key to DOD EHR Project, Cerner Says

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Cerner President Zane Burke had a lot to celebrate in a corporate earning call held August 4, which made special mention of the EHR vendor’s role in the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health’s triumph over its competitors,...

Will Lower EHR Copying Fees Improve Patient Engagement?

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While patient portals are becoming increasingly popular in healthcare organizations, especially as more providers seek to attest to Stage 2 meaningful use, but many patients, caregivers, or legal representatives still need to request...

EHR Interoperability, HIE Criteria Prompt Stage 3 MU Concerns

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Currently available EHR technologies do not have the interoperability and bi-directional health information exchange capabilities to meet criteria included in the proposed Stage 3 meaningful use rule, state a coalition of health IT...

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