Ambulatory Care

Industry Stakeholders React--Or Not--to Tavenner's Departure

January 16, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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Some in healthcare are remembering Marilyn Tavenner's time as Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a positive light, while hoping for a quick transition under the new leadership. Others are remaining quiet, opting not...

MU Stage 2-Eligible Hospital Attestation Rate: 77 Percent

January 13, 2015     David Raths
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With one month left in the 2014 reporting period, 77 percent of hospitals eligible to attest to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program have already done so, according to figures presented at the Jan. 13, 2015, HIT Policy Committee meeting.

What Are Keys to Successful Portal Engagement?

December 16, 2014     David Raths
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Are people eager to use patient portals but stymied by providers who aren’t doing a good job of making them available and explaining their value? Or are providers struggling to get even 5 percent of their patients to view, download and transmit health information...

Russell Branzell: Support for the Meaningful Use Program is Waning

December 10, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The latest meaningful use attestation numbers are proof that Stage 2 is losing momentum and will continue to do so unless changes are made, says Russell P. Branzell, President and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Nebraska Family Care Practice Gets HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award

December 8, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Fremont Family Care, a small primary care practice in Fremont, Neb., has been named a 2014 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award recipient by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

One North Carolina Radiology Group’s Advancing Meaningful Use Journey

November 27, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At Triad Radiology Associates in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, CIO Tom Smith is helping to lead a journey through the meaningful use process—with important lessons learned already for specialty medical group leaders

Colorado's Health Technology REC Program Reaches EHR Goals

November 19, 2014     John DeGaspari
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The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has announced today that the Colorado Regional Extension Center program completed its goal of helping 2,295 primary care providers and 33 rural and critical access hospitals adopt and meaningfully use...

AMIA Panels Offer Mixed Messages on Stage 3 MU

November 17, 2014     David Raths
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At the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, talk about Stage 3 of meaningful use reveals tensions among members about what the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should do.

AMA to CMS: Suspend Meaningful Use Penalties

November 11, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The American Medical Association (AMA) delegates are calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend penalties for failure to meet meaningful use.

Study: Better Verbal, Written Communication During Provider Handoffs Reduces Medical Errors

November 6, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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A recent study from researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital indicates that improvements in verbal and written communications during handoffs can reduce injuries due to medical errors by 30 percent.

Associations Say Low Stage 2 Attestation Rates Prove Their Point

November 4, 2014     David Raths
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Noting that fewer than 17 percent of the nation's hospitals have demonstrated Stage 2 capabilities, several associations renewed their call for CMS to shorten the Meaningful Use reporting period in 2015.

Hiring Leaders that Quickly get Distracted with New Opportunities…Squirrel!

November 4, 2014     Pete Rivera
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Navigating the political waters is an essential trait of leadership. But too often we reach out to the recruitment pool and pluck someone that is eager to leave their job for greener ($$$) pastures.
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