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Healthcare Organizations Again Go to Bat for AHRQ

October 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Healthcare organizations are once again urging U.S. Senate and House leaders to protect the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from more budget cuts for 2017.

Industry Stakeholders React to ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule

October 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a statement applauding the steps taken by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to strengthen the monitoring and testing of certified electronic health records (EHRs).

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Two new studies published in Health Affairs raise questions about some of the policy assumptions underlying the Medicare program’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

MACRA Final Rule is Here!

October 17, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CMS has released the much anticipated final rule on MACRA.

ONC Issues Final Rule to Modify EHR Certification Program, Creates More Direct Oversight

October 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
ONC issued a final rule today that updates the ONC Health IT Certification Program which sets up a regulatory framework for ONC to directly review certified health IT products and gives the agency more direct oversight of health IT testing labs.

BREAKING: CMS Officials Unveil Highlights of New MACRA Quality Payment Program In a Press Conference

October 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
After unveiling the new Quality Payment Program under MACRA on the CMS website, the agency’s Acting Administrator and its CMO shared with the press their comments on the program's highlights; meanwhile, Farzad Mostashari, M.D. offered his initial thoughts

Washington Debrief: CHIME Joins Industry Leaders in Call for Action on Patient ID National Strategy

October 10, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
Last week CHIME joined a diverse group of 22 industry stakeholders that urged the House Appropriators to maintain the language that clarifies the ability for ONC and CMS to work with the private sector on a national strategy for patient identification and...

NeHII’s Deb Bass: HIE Is Changing to Meet Changing Needs

October 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Deb Bass, the CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) sees a bright future for HIEs—as long as their leaders find ways to provide truly needed services

In Connecticut, Elevating Analytics Across the Enterprise

October 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A few years ago, Saint Francis Care began to ponder if the organization’s analytics capabilities truly supported its mission of better health and lower costs for a lifetime.

A Look at Mayo Clinic’s Daring Enterprise Analytics Leap

September 30, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Leaders at the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic have made tremendous progress around quality measures reporting, through an enterprise-wide strategic data analytics initiative, the health system’s director of enterprise analytics told Health IT Summit-New...

CMS Awards $347M for Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks

September 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $347 million to 16 healthcare organizations—of varying forms—to serve as Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs) and continue efforts in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and...

Study: Patient Identification Errors can Prove Fatal

September 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
While most patient identification errors are caught before patients are harmed, some wrong-patient events are fatal and many have the potential to cause harm. Technology, such as bar coding, can help to prevent these errors, according to an ECRI Institute report.


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