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Senate HELP Committee Passes Health IT Bill

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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
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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...

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

January 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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  | 
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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
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new online resource to help states modernize outdated information technology (IT) systems and help private sector companies identify opportunities to participate in Medicaid IT investments.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
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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.

Research: Hospitals and Health Systems Need to Align Mobile Apps with Patients’ Service Expectations

January 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Only 2 percent of patients in the largest U.S. hospitals use hospital-provided mobile apps and failure to align apps with consumers’ service expectations could cost hospitals more than $100 million in lost annual revenue, according to research from Accenture.

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

January 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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
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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...

Study: Patients with Higher Out-Of-Pockets Costs More Likely to Use Online Patient Engagement Tools

December 29, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Patients with higher out-of-pocket costs for medical care are significantly more likely to choose email or other online patient engagement tools versus an in-office visit to contact their healthcare provider about health concerns, according to a study published...

Obama Signs MU Hardship Exemption Bill into Law

December 29, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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President Obama, on Dec. 28, signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, a bill designed to make it easier for healthcare providers to receive hardship exemption from financial penalties for failing to meet Stage 2 meaningful use EHR...

Congress Passes Bill That Would Allow MU Stage 2 Hardship Exemptions

December 21, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Legislation passed the House and Senate on Friday that, if passed into law, will make it easier for healthcare providers to receive hardship exemption from financial penalties for failing to meet Stage 2 meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) requirements...

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