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Senate HELP Committee Passes Health IT Bill

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today unanimously passed the Improving Health Information Technology Act as well as six other biomedical innovation bills with bipartisan support.

CMS Issues Guidance on MU Hardship Exemption Process, Extends Comment Period on Quality Reporting

February 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exemption process, specifically clarifying that providers are not required to submit documentation with the new...

Even Small Planes Need Big Plans!

February 2, 2016  |  Pete Rivera
Planning ahead takes time. Just like my flight experience in small planes, I still had to factor all the same things large airlines have to consider. Physician groups are no different than hospital groups when it comes to strategic planning.

U.S. Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Grow 30 Percent by 2020

January 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The hospital electronic health record (EHR) market is mature, but there is still potential growth for the ambulatory EHR market, particularly as ambulatory providers increasing adopt health IT due to meaningful use (MU) incentives and in response to ongoing...

Consultants Weigh In: The Biggest Health IT Trends to Watch For in 2016

January 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
2016 already is shaping up to be a very interesting year for healthcare leaders and the health IT landscape. Harold (Hal) Wolf and Daniel Herman with The Chartis Group, a Chicago-based consulting firm, share their perspectives about the health IT trends and...

A Day of Transitions at ONC

January 20, 2016  | 
The Jan. 20 joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee saw a changing of the guard, including the departure of the longtime Standards Committee chair John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel...

CMS Launches New Medicaid Online Resource Encouraging Investment in Medicaid IT

January 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new online resource to help states modernize outdated information technology (IT) systems and help private sector companies identify opportunities to participate in Medicaid IT investments.

AMA Lists Health Data Security, Telemedicine Among Top Issues Facing Physicians in 2016

January 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a list of the top nine issues physicians should follow closely in 2016, including a number of health IT issues, namely data security and telemedicine.

The Business Case for Increasing Patient Portal Adoption

January 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
New research from athenahealth finds that increased patient portal adoption can impact business results, including higher average patient pay yield and higher patient retention rates.

Report: Growth of Connected Health Driven by Chronic Disease Management, Remote Patient Monitoring

January 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Healthcare organizations have only seen the tip of the iceberg with connected health, but as more studies emerge demonstrating its role in improving health outcomes, the growth of connected health solutions will be "substantial and swift," the ACT | The...

ONC Releases Interactive Dashboard for State Health IT Policy Levers

December 31, 2015  |  Heather Landi
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) offers a number of interactive tools through its Health IT Dashboards and one new feature displays 32 distinct state health IT policy levers and examples of how states are using them...

CMS’s Quality Measure Development Plan: A Big Opportunity for Patient Care Leaders?

December 29, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
Could CMS’s development process around its new Quality Measure Development Plan provide an opening for clinicians and clinical informaticists to help shape the future they must needs live under in any case?


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