Hospitals

Washington Debrief: ONC’s Funding Maintained at Same Level in FY2016

June 29, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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The House and Senate both put forth appropriations bills that maintained ONC’s current funding level through FY2016, approximately $60.4 million. The bills also maintained the prohibition of a national health identifier.

At AMDIS, AMIA’s Fridsma Promotes the Rethinking of MD Documentation for EHR Usability

June 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On June 24 at the AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium, Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D. urged CMIOs to help rethink usability and function in EHRs

Senate HELP Committee Begins Hearings on EHR Program

June 10, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its first hearing this week on improving the meaningful use program and overall adoption of electronic health records (EHRs).

When Doctors Quit

May 30, 2015   |  Joe Bormel
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Intrigued by The Washington Post Opinion piece entitled, “Why doctors quit,” by Charles Krauthammer, I began asking what this means for Health and Healthcare Informatics. I realized that we need more clarity about what physicians actually do, if we are going to...

Advocacy Groups Question Logic of Stage 3 Proposals to CMS

May 28, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Major groups, such as the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), have begun to release their overall thoughts on the Stage 3 proposed rule. The early consensus is a negative outlook on the...

Servers in the Attic

May 27, 2015   |  Pete Rivera
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It all started when I had to go up to my attic to get something for my wife. Once I was up there it was like a trip down memory lane. There was stuff up there that I had not seen in years and some things that I didn’t even realize that we had.

Workgroup Proposes Lowering Thresholds for MU Stage 3 Transitions of Care

May 12, 2015   |  David Raths
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During the May 12 federal Health IT Policy Committee, the Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup raised some concerns and suggestions about the proposals in Stage 3 of meaningful use around transmission and reconciliation of data.

An Age Old Question and the SGR Repeal

May 6, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Turning to an age old metaphorical question and using exclusive survey data to understand if whether or not physicians are truly prepared for, or even understand, the ramifications of the SGR repeal.

Hospital CFO Fined $4.4 Million for Meaningful Use Fraud

May 4, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Joe White, former CFO of the now-closed Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Texas, has agreed to pay back $4.4 million obtained through fraudulent attestation to meaningful use; he could face seven years in federal prison

HIMSS Observations: Better Late than Never

April 27, 2015   |  Joe Marion
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Other obligations limited my time at HIMSS15 and meant that I needed to focus on specific topics. Living within two-to-three hours of downtown Chicago also made it an attractive proposition to attend this year!

CHIME Board Member Indranil Ganguly: Time for CIOs to Deliver Excellence

April 27, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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During the CHIME CIO Spring Forum, held April 12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Indranil (Neal Ganguly), CIO of JFK Health System and a CHIME board member, shared his perspectives on CIOs’ future

Ed McCallister’s Vision for UPMC: “The Patient Has To Be At the Center”

April 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Ed McCallister, who in October became CIO of the vast UPMC Health System, shares his thoughts on putting patients at the center of all innovation in healthcare—and what that means for today’s CIOs
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