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Study: Socioeconomic Digital Divide Remains in Personal Health Record Use

August 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
More patients are using personal health records (PHRs), yet there are socioeconomic disparities in the adoption of PHRs and patient portals to access health records, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Size Matters

August 15, 2016  |  Pete Rivera
blog
When you look across the various practice management vendors, they tend to be ambiguous as to what size physician groups they cater to. The reason is they don’t want to turn down large sales, on the other hand no software vendor wants to talk about response...

Pondering the DeSalvo Era at ONC—And the Healthcare IT Policy Challenges That Lie Ahead: An Analysis

August 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
As Karen DeSalvo, M.D. leaves the ONC, a kaleidoscopic array of policy and process issues faces her successor and the agency itself, at a time of tremendous change and challenge for healthcare IT and healthcare IT policy

AMA Immediate Past President Challenges Healthcare IT Leaders to Fix EHRs

August 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
In the opening keynote address at the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Steven J. Stack, M.D., immediate past president of the AMA, called on healthcare IT leaders to pressure vendors to improve the usability and reliability of EHRs

Study: Outpatient EHR and Practice Management Tools Nearing Universal Adoption

August 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Market adoption of practice management and electronic health record (EHR) solutions has been trending upward since 2008 and is now nearing universal adoption, according to a recent HIMSS Analytics study.

Healthcare Association Advocacy Leaders Offer Perspectives on CMS’s MACRA Timeline Challenges

July 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
The statement made by CMS’s Andy Slavitt that the agency might provide some flexibility around the provisions of physician reporting under MACRA caused a stir among providers; still, the time is now to prepare, say advocacy leaders

Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide EHR Program Relief

July 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Six U.S. Senators introduced a bill that aims to provide regulatory flexibility to providers and hospitals operating under the meaningful use program by easing reporting requirements and instituting a 90-day reporting period.

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Proposes MU Program Changes, Including 90-Day Reporting Period in 2016

July 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
news
On Wednesday afternoon, July 6, CMS announced that it was changing what had been a requirement for a year-long EHR reporting period in 2016, to a 90-day period, for hospitals and eligible providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

Will CMS Officials Heed Association Leaders’ Concerns on MIPS/MACRA, as We Surge Ahead Into the New Healthcare?

July 1, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
As healthcare professional associations weigh in with a plentiful list of concerns about CMS’s proposed rule on physician payment requirements under MACRA, MIPS, will senior agency officials consider carefully what provider leaders are saying about the high-speed...

As Deadline Nears, Healthcare Professional Associations Offer Comments to CMS on MACRA/MIPS

June 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
As the deadline neared for public comments on the proposed rule related to physician payment under MACRA/MIPS, a host of healthcare professional associations released public statements that encompassed their comments to CMS, with many connected to data and IT...

Report: Meaningful Use Payments Total $34.7 Billion

June 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Since the beginning of the meaningful use program and through May 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has allocated $34.69 billion in meaningful use incentives payments, according to CMS data.

Physician Organizations Voice Concerns About Complexity, Timing of MIPS/APMs Proposed Rule

June 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Numerous physician organizations have submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calling for the agency to reconsider the timing and complexity of a massive proposed rule that implements Medicare’s new physician payment system.

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