Obstacles Ahead: One OB/Gyn’s Skeptical Views on Healthcare Reform

June 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
As a result of the federal government’s push towards a value-based healthcare system, providers are being pushed to be part of alternative payment models such as ACOs. Nonetheless, research shows that physicians remain uncertain about the structure and...

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

June 29, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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.

Time to Apply Pressure for Hemodynamic Standards

June 26, 2015   |  Joe Marion
It's time to apply pressure on vendors and standards agencies to create a standard for hemodynamic system interoperability.

ONC’s Michael McCoy, M.D. at AMDIS: Information-Blocking for Proprietary Reasons Is “Just Wrong”

June 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Health information blocking was a highlighted subject of the presentation given by ONC chief health information officer Michael McCoy, M.D. June 24 at the annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium

Are We Getting Closer to the Top of the HIE Mountain?

June 23, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Sometimes in life, it takes a really long time to see tangible results for the efforts that we have put in. This couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to health information exchanges (HIEs). However, as new HIE research indicates, we could be getting closer.

Centers of Excellence to Study Dissemination of Evidence-Based Care Practices

June 22, 2015   |  David Raths
With its own future put in doubt by proposed budget legislation in Congress, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently announced three grants totaling $52 million to create centers of excellence to study how high-performing health care systems...

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Examines User Experience with EHRs

June 22, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
Last week, a Senate HELP Committee hearing discussed user experiences with EHRs and the meaningful use program. Committee members heard concerns about quality reporting duplication, physician time restraints and the variability in standards implementation...

Meaningful Use Fraud Equals Jail Time for One Former Exec

June 19, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The saga of former Shelby Regional Medical Center CFO Joe White, who was found guilty of fraud for falsifying meaningful use records, ended this week when he was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Privacy Expert McGraw to Join HHS Office for Civil Rights

June 17, 2015   |  David Raths
Health IT privacy policy expert Deven McGraw is joining the Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as the deputy director for health information privacy.

Draft House Bill Would Eliminate AHRQ, Cut PCORI, CMMI Funding

June 17, 2015   |  David Raths
On June 16 the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released its draft fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill. Although the draft bill would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by 3.6 percent, it would eliminate the...

Researchers: MU Program May Create "Digital Divide"

June 11, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
There are "systematic differences" between providers who participated in Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs early and consistently from those who did not, which could lead to disparities in patient care, according to...

Senate HELP Committee Begins Hearings on EHR Program

June 10, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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).
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