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CMS Finalizes Annual List of Value-Based Care Quality Measures

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CMS has put the finishing touches on its yearly list of quality measures under consideration for use in Medicare value-based care purchasing programs, the agency announced this week.  The list, published in conjunction with the National...

6 EHR Patient Safety Strategies for Medication Orders, CPOE

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Electronic health records have a mixed reputation when it comes to patient safety, leading to numerous public and private initiatives to improve usability and implement new features to prevent accidental harm.  The ONC is contributing to...

Regenstreif EHR Developers Win AMIA Healthcare Informatics Award

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The American Medical Informatics Association is honoring Burke Mamlin, MD, and Paul Biondich, MD, of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine with the 2016 Donald A.B. Lindburg Award for Innovation...

Using Data Analytics Tools for Healthcare Claims Management

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Effective claims management requires healthcare organizations to deploy a multi-faceted strategy that relies on data analytics and includes many phases of the revenue cycle, beginning when the patient schedules an appointment. The focus cannot...

SNOMED CT Code Framework Will Aid EHR Reporting, Interoperability

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A coalition of professional pharmacy societies and other stakeholders has released a new framework for mapping medication therapy management (MTM) services to the SNOMED CT codes used for EHR documentation, interoperability efforts, and quality...

CPT, SNOMED-CT Codes Ally to Boost Healthcare Data Integrity

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The American Medical Association and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) are engaging in a new collaborative agreement that will result in increased data integrity and better integration between two...

Cerner, Epic to See Improvements in EHR Patient-Reported Outcomes

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A new coalition of nine universities from across the country aims to improve the use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) data in electronic health records, including products from Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, by expanding the use of a...

AHIMA: Information Governance is Key for Trusted Healthcare Analytics

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Implementing a robust and comprehensive information governance framework across the healthcare organization is the first step to success in a value-based word that demands trusted, accurate, and timely analytics, AHIMA’s executive leaders...

Cultivating a Big Data Mindset for Coders, Clinical Documentation

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For the past few years, clinical documentation improvement efforts have been mostly associated with the ICD-10 transition – the often-delayed switch to an upgraded classification and coding system that requires enhanced detail and specificity...

Healthcare Analytics, Information Governance Will Build a Future for HIM

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The health information management profession is changing at a blistering pace as the industry moves from volume to value, requiring HIM professionals to embrace new roles in data analytics, information governance, and informatics, AHIMA leaders...

Will MACRA and the QPP Unlock Health Data for Smarter Care?

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MACRA and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) have the potential to usher in a revolutionary new era in healthcare, says National Coordinator Dr. Vindell Washington – one that will enable a meaningful, intelligent ecosystem of informed care...

AHIMA Launches New Healthcare Informatics Credential Option

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Healthcare informatics professionals will soon be eligible to apply for a new credential from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the organization announced this week at its annual convention.  The certification...

ONC Boosts Oversight to Fix EHR Usability, Patient Safety Woes

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The nation’s quality improvement and payment activities aren’t the only things receiving a federal overhaul this week: the electronic health records that will support clinicians as they implement MACRA and move towards a patient-centered,...

AHIMA 2016: Expect Big Data Governance, MACRA, Value-Based Care

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The final rule for the MACRA Quality Payment Program isn’t the only thing that’s going to be generating buzz across the healthcare industry next week.  As the 88th annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibition kicks off, thousands of...

Finalized MACRA Quality Payment Program Requires Big Data Push

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On your marks – get set – go grab some data.  CMS announced this morning that the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) will indeed go live on January 1, 2017, which doesn’t leave providers much time to read the 2398-page...

EHR Optimization is Key for Quality Reporting, Population Health

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Even before the EHR Incentive Programs made quality reporting a top priority for the provider community, the healthcare industry has struggled greatly with the notion of quantifying excellence in care.  Confusing metrics, EHR optimization...

Top Health IT Groups Ask Congress for Patient Identification Tools

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Nearly two dozen healthcare providers, professional groups, and interoperability organizations are urging Congress to remove language that prevents the development of improved patient identification tools.  In a letter addressed to lawmakers...

AHRQ Grants to Aid Testing of Pediatric Clinical Quality Measures

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on Monday six recipients of a four-year, $13.4 million grant to support implementation and testing of new pediatric clinical quality measures within the Medicaid and CHIP programs....

CMS Names Awardees of $5M Grant to Aid MACRA Implementation

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday announced two grant awardees who will receive up to $5 million to support providers with MACRA implementation. The CMS funding is part of the second round of the Support and Alignment...

$347M in CMS Grants to Improve Patient Safety, Care Quality

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is investing $347 million to improve patient safety by reducing the number of hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries. The funds will be split...

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