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Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide EHR Program Relief

July 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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
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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

Report: Meaningful Use Payments Total $34.7 Billion

June 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Washington Debrief: Meaningful Use Adjustments Included in Republican Healthcare Reform Agenda

June 27, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI-01), released a white paper outlining their healthcare reform agenda, which included references to reforming the Meaningful Use program and transparency in the regulation of mobile medical applications.

Co-Creation is the Two-Way Street to Usability

June 15, 2016  |  Joe Bormel
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We are now in the era of value-based healthcare where HCAHPS scores play a huge role in reimbursement, and consumerism is a factor that cannot be ignored. Therefore, it’s time we rethink our path to usability.

AMIA’s Doug Fridsma: Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use

June 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Following his participation in the ONC annual meeting last week, Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of AMIA, spoke with HCI about the broad policy aims of his association at this moment in U.S. healthcare policy

My Interview with Steven Keating, the ‘Open Patient’

June 8, 2016  |  David Raths
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How far would you go to get access to your health data if you had a life-threatening condition? Would you enroll in a graduate medical program to get access to your own tumor as a researcher? Steven Keating did.

AHA Calls on ONC to Expand its Scope When Measuring Interoperability Progress

June 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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When it comes to accessing nationwide healthcare interoperability progress, the measurement should not only be the exchange and use of electronic health information, but whether there are standards, technology and infrastructure in place to facilitate exchange,...

Nearly All Hospitals Using Certified EHRs, But Children’s and Psychiatric Hospitals Continue to Lag in EHR Adoption

May 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In 2015, 84 percent of the nation’s hospitals reported adoption of at least a basic electronic health record (EHR) system, a nine-fold increase since 2008, according to new survey data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Most Interesting Vendors 2016: athenahealth: Accelerating its Growth in Hospital IT

May 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In early 2015, the Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth, the provider of ambulatory cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) systems, made quite a splash when it jumped into the hospital market with two strategic acquisitions of inpatient EHR systems.

Washington Debrief: Ransomware Subject of Senate Hearing

May 23, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The Senate Committee on the Judiciary examined what authority the nation’s law enforcement agencies need to pursue botnets and to prosecute those illegally accessing or manipulating data.

CIOs Under Pressure to Keep Up With Interoperability, Big Data and Security Challenges

May 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare CIOs expect IT budgets to increase in the next two years, but, at the same time, healthcare IT leaders are facing pressing challenges related to security and compliance and the role of IT in driving revenue, according to a new survey report.

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