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AMA Urges CMS to Grant Automatic Hardship Exemptions for Meaningful Use

October 2, 2015  |  Heather Landi
As the Stage 2 meaningful use modification rule has yet to be released, The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to give automatic hardship exemptions for physicians who did not attest to Stage 2...

Emergency Medical Service Providers Seek to Improve Data Sharing With Hospitals

October 2, 2015  |  David Raths
Emergency medical service providers have made progress to convert to electronic reporting in the field, but sharing of data with hospitals has so far been limited. Now efforts are under way to improve interoperability.

Two Texas HIEs Finalize Merger

October 2, 2015  |  Two Texas HIEs Finalize Merger
Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a health information exchange (HIE) in San Antonio and 22 surrounding Texas counties, has announced that it is officially expanding to Dallas and merging with the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership (NTAHP).

Considerations for Successful Clinical Data Abstraction

October 2, 2015  |  Anna Hundt, Senior Advisor, Impact Advisors, LLC
The healthcare systems that are now joining forces must plan for and manage the process of consolidating different clinical documentation systems. Here are some keys to a successful abstraction process.

Disposable Wireless Monitoring Device Measures Patient Vital Signs

October 2, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Health IT company Sensium Healthcare developed a disposable, single-use wearable patch that monitors patient vital signs every two minutes and wirelessly communicates the vital signs to clinicians.

In the Trenches on Population Health: Medical Group Leaders Move Forward to Move Data (and Process) Mountains

October 2, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
Pioneering medical group leaders are moving forward to pursue a wide variety of population health strategies, and are pushing ahead on all the hard, complex work of population health advancement

Survey: Many PCPs Unaware of Certain Medicare Reimbursements

October 2, 2015  |  Survey: Many PCPs Unaware of Certain Medicare Reimbursements
Many primary care physicians are not aware that they can be reimbursed for non-face-to-face time with Medicare patients who have two or more chronic conditions, according to a recent survey from Dallas-based SmartCCM, which specializes in providing third-party...

Monitoring App for COPD Patients Integrates Virtual Coaching

October 1, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Health IT company ViiMed and The COPD Foundation have collaborated on the launch of a new interactive website and mobile application, called COPD360coach, designed to provide health coaching and wellness monitoring for COPD patients.

GAO Report: MU Requirements Impede EHR Interoperability

October 1, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A new report from the Government Accountability Office has outlined five key factors—in addition to meaningful use program requirements—that are slowing down the progress of electronic health record (EHR) interoperability.

Survey: Patients Want Digitally-Connected Docs

October 1, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Patients nowadays want more digitally-savvy doctors, according to a recent survey from the Arlington, Va.-based health information network Surescripts.


Five Things You Should Read as ICD-10 Approaches

September 30, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Here are five things to keep in mind and read over as the clock continues to tick towards ICD-10.

Moving From Evidence-Based Medicine to Evidence-Generating Medicine

September 28, 2015     David Raths
At last week’s AcademyHealth’s Concordium 2015 meeting, several themes emerged around how to better include communities of patients in research, how to use patient-reported outcome data, and how to move toward the systematic incorporation of research and quality improvement into the organization.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Heart Failure Grows More Sophisticated

September 24, 2015     David Raths
Akshay Desai, M.D., associate director of Brigham Cardiovascular Consultants, talks about moving remote monitoring beyond weight measurement to transmitted pulmonary artery pressure readings, with automated alerts.

What We Can Learn from Hillary’s Emails

September 23, 2015     Pete Rivera
It is surprising to think that in 2015 there is still a misunderstanding how our emails are stored. It’s probably because we take this tool for granted. We have had it for very long time and it’s become another communication mode for us. In Hillary’s case, it certainly raises some eyebrows how...

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