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New Legislation Introduced to Expand Use of Telehealth Under Medicare

February 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) services under Medicare with the goal of cost savings and quality care.

CMS Issues Guidance on MU Hardship Exemption Process, Extends Comment Period on Quality Reporting

February 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exemption process, specifically clarifying that providers are not required to submit documentation with the new...

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winner—Indiana Health Information Exchange

February 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In Indiana, the Indiana Health Information Exchange is building a model that has potential to blaze the trail for other HIEs across the U.S.

Live from iHT2-Miami: Getting Beyond the Buzzword: Is Progress Being Made on Interoperability?

February 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Miami, sponsored by iHT2, Monday morning panelists discussed the tangle of issues facing the push towards true interoperability in U.S. healthcare

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program: Semifinalists

February 1, 2016  |  the Editors of HCI
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Inside, please find descriptions of the initiatives of the eight teams whom we have awarded semifinalist status in this year’s program.

CMS Issues Final Rule that Allows Use of Telehealth for Face-to-Face Medicaid Encounters

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week published a final rule that allows physicians to use telehealth as a face-to-face encounter with Medicaid patients, which is required before the authorization of home health services.

Washington Debrief: Feedback Offered to Senate HELP Committee on Draft HIT Bill

February 1, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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CHIME offered comments to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) draft health IT legislation last week, commending the committee for tackling many of CHIME’s policy priorities.

Implementing a Health System-Wide CDS System for Diagnostic Exam Ordering in Los Angeles

January 30, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Los Angeles County department of Health Services health system, Maitaya Patel, M.D. is helping to lead the enterprise-wide rollout of a clinical decision support solution for diagnostic imaging exam ordering

When It Comes to ACO Requirements, Yes: The Devil Really Always Is in the Details

January 29, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The announcement this week by senior CMS officials of a new proposed rule around requirements for the MSSP program offers hope that CMS officials will also consider reworking some similar Pioneer ACO Program elements

Theranos Flagged by CMS for “Condition-Level Deficiencies” In Labs

January 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to blood analysis startup Theranos citing “deficient practices” at the company’s northern California lab which pose “immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.”

CMS Reveals Methodology for its Hospital Compare Website

January 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revealed the methodology it uses to calculate and display star ratings for its Hospital Compare website.

CMS Announces Significant Changes to the MSSP Program Via a New Proposed Rule

January 29, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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On Thursday, CMS officials took a significant step in changing some of the requirements for ACOs under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, via a new proposed rule

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