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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...

25% of Physicians Won’t Be Ready for ICD-10 Implementation

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There are only fifty-eight days until the ICD-10 deadline, yet only one in five physicians has even started conducting external testing with health plans or clearinghouses, WEDI says in a press release detailing results from its latest...

Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay Intensify with New Bill

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Congress is doubling down on its calls to pull the emergency brake on Stage 3 meaningful use with a new piece of legislation that would delay rulemaking for the third segment of the EHR Incentive Programs until at least 2017.  This...

CMS Turns to Value-Based Reimbursement, Data Analytics at 50

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Medicare has experienced its fair share of ups and downs during the first fifty years of its life, but former CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, believes the massive public insurance program is just getting started.  In an...

What Does “Flexible” ICD-10 Implementation Really Mean?

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Earlier in July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appeared to be answering the fervent wishes of the healthcare industry by announcing that it would commit to a “flexible” ICD-10 implementation process. ...

Last Minute ICD-10 Testing, Preparation Tips for Providers

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As October 1, 2015 draws ever nearer, CMS is ramping up its efforts to provide ICD-10 testing and preparation know-how to providers who may be trying to sprint towards the finish line.   Despite the fact that there are only 68 days...

Who is Responsible for Ensuring Health Data Interoperability?

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The ongoing task of digitizing the healthcare industry has never been anything short of frustrating for every stakeholder involved.  Regulators have struggled with convincing providers that investments in EHRs and health information...

Health IT Patient Safety Center to Tackle EHR, Usability Hazards

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The breakneck pace of EHR adoption and the industry’s sudden reliance on health IT systems to complete the majority of their daily tasks has its positives and negatives.  While technology has enabled providers to engage in...

AHIMA, IHE Publish Draft Information Governance, Big Data Paper

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Helping healthcare organizations develop a cohesive, standardized approach to information governance in the big data era has been a major focus for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) over the past few years as...

Is ICD-10 Dual Coding Proposal Even a Feasible Alternative?

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There has been no shortage of ICD-10 legislation hitting the House floor in the past couple of months as healthcare stakeholders seek new avenues for easing the predicted burden of the transition.  While even the most steadfast...

Virtual Clipboard Pilot for Patient Matching Moves Forward

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The Virtual Clipboard project, a collaborative push to improve patient matching, registration, and health data interoperability in a standardized way, is moving forward into its pilot phase, announced stakeholders today.  Led by the...

After CMS Tenure, Tavenner Takes Over Payer Relations at AHIP

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Months after stepping down as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn B. Tavenner will become President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a powerful trade group for payers that...

CMS to Require Health Information Exchange for Long-Term Care

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A new proposed rule released this week in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging would require long-term care (LTC) facilities and nursing homes to participate in health information exchange, CMS says.  During a patient...

Big Data on Patient Transfers Raises Quality, Snags Revenue

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When it comes to transitions of care, much has been made about the need for a patient’s data to follow him or her along the care continuum.  Primary care providers, specialists, and hospitals exist in isolated data bubbles,...

CMS Details MACRA Quality Reporting, Payment Reform Proposals

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In the first update to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) since the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula was repealed in April, CMS has unveiled its proposed rule for implementing some of its major changes to the industry’s...

Andy Slavitt Nominated to Head CMS, but Faces Challenges

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Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt may be moving into Medicare’s top spot permanently if the Senate confirms the White House’s Thursday nomination, major news outlets report.  Slavitt, who stepped in to fill the...

HIM, Healthcare Big Data Analytics Skills Increase in Demand

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Healthcare big data analytics and informatics skills will be among the most sought-after competencies for health information management (HIM) professionals in the next few years, predicts a survey published in the Journal of AHIMA. ...

CHIME: Patient Matching Crucial for HIE, Care Coordination

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The healthcare industry is in need of much more robust, accurate, and sophisticated patient matching techniques if it is to take full advantage of health information exchange and care coordination technologies, say CHIME leaders in a...

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