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Clarity on the New Diagnostic Imaging Ordering Mandate in the “Doc Fix”/ICD-10 Law

Mark Hagland
When President Obama signed into law on April 2 legislation to provide a 12-month “patch” to avert physician pay cuts under Medicare’s SGR law, he also approved new requirements regarding clinical decision support in the ordering of diagnostic imaging tests

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When Clinical Transformation and Technological Change Come Down to Process and Cultural Change

April 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Achieving the Triple Aim—the idea of improved quality, enhanced patient engagement and satisfaction, and improved cost-effectiveness in healthcare—will inevitably involve a great deal of process, cultural and technological effort, agreed members of a panel...

CMS Website Finally Recognizes ICD-10 Delay

April 15, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Nearly two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the temporary Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) "doc fix" bill that included a one-year extension to ICD-10 implementation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just now updated its...

Washington Debrief: ONC Looks to Pivot HITPC Work In Support of Future ONC

April 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
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ONC asked the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) to consider a new work plan, which would reform several workgroups for future policy development.

How Smart do you Want Your Physician’s Phone?

April 14, 2014     Pete Rivera
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Not too long ago we were all working diligently to deliver handheld solutions to physicians. It was a “mobile device” that would allow access to HIS, patient lists, and lab results. It was either an HP iPaq or some other device that required proprietary wireless...

Three Things Healthcare IT Leaders Need to Know About Medicare’s MD Data Release

April 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
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By week’s end, the news had been overshadowed by the news that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was resigning; but the massive Medicare physician payment data release on April 9 was a very important development indeed

Opposing Viewpoints: Provider Organizations Give Differing Perspectives on What the ICD-10 Delay Really Means

April 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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In the past week, provider organizations have been outspoken in how the ICD-10 delay will affect them moving forward. But not everyone seems to be on the same page. HCI has interviewed two such patient care organizations with differing opinions on the ripple...

Obama Praises the Resigning Sebelius, Introduces Nominee Mathews Burwell, at White House Event

April 11, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At an event in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama on April 11 accepted the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of HHS, and announced the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, currently the Director of the OMB, to replace Sebelius.

INDUSTRY EXCLUSIVE: CHIME's Branzell Speaks with HCI about Sebelius Resignation Announcement

April 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As news media reports confirmed that Kathleen Sebelius was set to announce her resignation as HHS Secretary, CHIME’s Russ Branzell shared his thoughts on that development exclusively with Healthcare Informatics

How Will the Resignation of Kathleen Sebelius Affect Healthcare Reform and Meaningful Use—If At All?

April 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Could the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services impact the trajectories of healthcare reform and meaningful use?

BREAKING NEWS: Media Reports Say HHS Administrator Kathleen Sebelius To Resign; OMB Director to Be Nominated to Replace Her

April 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
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On April 10, the AP reported that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would announce her resignation on April 11, and that President Obama would nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her

KLAS: Third-Party Vendors Outperform EMRs for Meeting Physician-Led ACO Needs

April 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Third-party accountable care organization (ACO) vendors are outperforming electronic medical record (EMR) vendors when it comes to meeting the needs of physician-led ACOs, according to the latest report from the Orem, Utah-based KLAS research.

Developers Challenged to Create Apps from Medicare Payment Data

April 10, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In light of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releasing Medicare claims payment data this week, the Health Data Consortium (HDC), a non-profit advocacy and membership organization, is challenging developers to create consumer-focused apps from the...