Medicare/Medicaid

Podcast: 2014 in Meaningful Use; Looking Ahead to 2015

December 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Uncertainty then, uncertainty now, uncertainty next year. That was the message from Jason Fortin, senior advisor at Impact Advisors, on the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast.

CMS: 257K EPs Hit With MU Penalties; AMA Calls the Number “Dismal”

December 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Approximately 257,000 eligible professionals will face penalties under the meaningful use program in 2015 for failing to meet requirements of the EHR incentive program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Helping Rural Organizations Make the Leap from Volume to Value

December 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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NRACO was formed to help rural organizations successfully transition from volume to value. Lynn Barr, the organization's founder and CEO, explains to HCI why analytics is the key to making this happen.

HHS Announces $665 Million in Funding to States for New Care Model Initiatives

December 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is dishing out $665 million in Affordable Care Act-based funding across 28 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia to spur the implementation of new care models.

Washington Debrief: CMS MU Data Indicates Strong Finish for Hospitals

December 15, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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More than 3,690 hospitals participated in meaningful use in 2014, setting a new program year high. However, fewer than 35 percent of the nation’s hospitals have met Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, and only four percent of eligible professionals (EPs) have...

The Slow Roll Out of Physician Compare

December 12, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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As humans, our nature is to want to rate things. How many times have you said something was underrated, overrated, or properly rated? Through Physician Compare, CMS is slowly trying to bring this atmosphere to healthcare, much to the chagrin of docs.

Russell Branzell: Support for the Meaningful Use Program is Waning

December 10, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The latest meaningful use attestation numbers are proof that Stage 2 is losing momentum and will continue to do so unless changes are made, says Russell P. Branzell, President and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Mac McMillan’s Clarifying Moment on Data Security

December 9, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As always, Mac McMillan laid it on the line on the rising threats to data security, in his keynote address at the CHIME-iHT2 forum on data security currently being held in Houston

Farewell to RSNA 2014: Have We Reached an Inflection Point?

December 8, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Attendees at RSNA conferences of two decades ago could scarcely imagine what the hottest conversations would be like at RSNA 2014, as the radiology and imaging informatics world swirls with change

ONC's Five-Fold Federal Health IT Plan Looks Beyond EHRs

December 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a five-fold federal health IT strategic plan, which focuses on widespread health data sharing and looks beyond adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems.

Coalition Fights AMA’s Stance on ICD-10

December 5, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Coalition for ICD-10, a broad-based healthcare industry advocacy group, fired back at American Medical Association (AMA) President Robert Wah’s recent criticism of the transition to the ICD-10 coding set.

The Carrot and Stick: Enemies of Progress

December 5, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In the wake of HITECH, a recent data brief reveals that most doctors have adopted an EHR to earn incentive money or avoid penalties. Is this one reason why interoperability is still a dream and most systems are unusable?
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