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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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Patient-Centered EHR Journey at the Community Health Level

April 22, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Implementing an electronic health record is a major undertaking at any provider organization, but is especially challenging in an environment without any IT infrastructure or an information services (IS) department. Yet that’s the goal the Access Community...

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum to Resign

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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According to preliminary news media reports, Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will be stepping down from his post, effective May 16.

Study: Community Demographics—Not Quality of Care—Drive Hospital Readmissions

April 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Rather than a hospital’s quality of care, its geographic location is the primary driving factor behind readmissions, according to a recent study in Health Services Research, part of the Center for Advancing Health.

AHA to CMS: Make ACO Participation Easier

April 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The American Hospital Association (AHA) wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently, imploring the government agency to make it easier for providers to join the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and Medicare Shared Savings...

Task Force Seeks Pricing Transparency from All Healthcare Stakeholders

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is leading a task force that aims to increase pricing transparency across healthcare by involving all stakeholders.

Poll: Majority of Healthcare Orgs are Disappointed With ICD-10 Delay

April 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half of healthcare organizations are disappointed in the one-year delay of ICD-10, according to a recent poll by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

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...