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In Manhattan, One Radiology Group Pushes Ahead on Meaningful Use

October 22, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As the meaningful use process evolves forward, many radiology group leaders continue to face questions around MU in the radiological context. But East River Medical Imaging in Manhattan is pushing ahead anyway.

Washington Debrief: ONC Receives Praise and Criticism for Interoperability Roadmap

October 20, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) introduced a new set of details regarding their interoperability roadmap last week, garnering both praise and criticism during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees...

AMA’s Letter Outlines Recommendations for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

October 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The American Medical Association (AMA) sent a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with recommendations for Stage 3 of meaningful use.

GUEST BLOG: Population Health: Are We REALLY Ready for Value-Based Care and Coordination?

October 17, 2014     Linda Lockwood and Michael Garzone
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It’s one thing to say our industry needs to shift from fee-for-service to outcomes-based payment. It’s quite another to get there. Population health has certainly become THE healthcare buzzword, and rightfully so. Early successes show promise in improving the...

Federal HIT Committees OK Public API Recommendations to ONC

October 15, 2014     David Raths
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An Oct. 15 joint Health IT Policy/Standards Committee meeting approved a set of task force recommendations that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services focus effort on a public API (application...

Provider Advocacy Groups Express Concern to Burwell over Meaningful Use

October 15, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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A group of stakeholders sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell expressing concern with the meaningful use program and the current state of interoperability and usability of health information technology.

Washington Debrief: ONC Highlights Interoperability in Annual Report

October 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) filed their annual report to Congress this week, touting an enhanced focus on interoperability, citing the 10-year road map currently under development.

Congresswoman: I Remain Committed to Easing Stage 2 Reporting Requirements

October 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In praising the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for extending the Meaningful Use hardship exemption, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers stated she remains committed to passing a law that would ease Stage 2 reporting requirements.

Survey: HIEs Still Struggling With EHR Interfaces

October 8, 2014     David Raths
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The eHealth Initiative’s 11th annual data exchange survey found that, as in previous years, challenges to interoperability include financial costs of building interfaces, getting consistent and timely response from EHR vendor interface developers, and...

CHIME’s Russ Branzell: Only Select Few Benefit from Reopened Hardship Exception Period

October 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In an exclusive interview with Healthcare Informatics, Russell P. Branzell, CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), says that few providers will be able to benefit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

ONC’s Jacob Reider: “No Hemorrhaging” at ONC

October 7, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Jacob Reider, M.D., the chief medical officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, stated for the record on Oct. 7 that the recent series of departures of senior officials from ONC did not constitute a pattern of any kind

BREAKING: CMS Quietly Reopens MU Hardship Exception Period

October 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reopening the period in which eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) can apply for a meaningful use hardship exception, a week after announcing that 44,000 EPs and EHs have already applied...
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