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Urban Legends of Radiology Study Storage: The Importance of a Viable Data Retention Policy

With nearly 600 million imaging procedures performed each year, and image archive storage demands growing by approximately 40 percent per year, storage of digital images has become a pain point in the healthcare IT budget.  But what are the deciding factors for what images are kept?  Covenant Health's Shelly Susong details a few of the urban legends of image storage, and their next-generation system for managing image archives.  Click here to read more.

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BREAKING: Healthcare IT Leaders React to Stage 3 Final Rule Release

October 6, 2015     Mark Hagland
Individual healthcare leaders and healthcare associations reacted quickly to the final rule’s release, expressing cautious optimism, but also wanting to review the details of the 752-page rule

Same Day That Final Rules Appear, ONC Hears About Clinical Documentation Burden

October 6, 2015     David Raths
On the same day that CMS would later unveil its EHR Incentive Program final rules, an ONC committee meeting focused on health IT’s role in support of payment reform initiatives. Committee members, however, raised concerns about the clinical documentation...

BREAKING: CMS Releases Final Meaningful Use Program Rules

October 6, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal and David Raths
After weeks of speculation about when the meaningful use Stage 2 modifications and Stage 3 final rules would be published, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released both rules together in a 752-page document late in the afternoon on Oct. 6.

ONC: Patient Engagement Capabilities Increasing In U.S. Hospitals

October 6, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Last year, six out of 10 hospitals provide patients with the ability to electronically view, download, and transmit their health information, according to a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Insufficient IT and Analytics Capabilities Are Seen as Barriers to ACO Success: AMGA Survey

October 6, 2015     Mark Hagland
In a survey published last month by AMGA, medical group executives shared that they are finding their IT and analytics capabilities insufficient to support risk-based contracting

Washington Debrief: Pressure Mounts on Administration Surrounding MU

October 5, 2015     Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CMS, despite not yet finalizing the so-called modifications rule that proposes several changes to the current stages of the meaningful use program, has closed its portal to attest to meaningful use for 2015 until January.

David Blumenthal, M.D. Shares His Perspectives on MU, HIE, and the Future of Data-Driven Healthcare

October 5, 2015     Mark Hagland
The complex meaningful use process will soon give way to inevitable progress towards a more data-connected, data-facilitated healthcare future, former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, M.D. told his iHT2 audience in New York last week

AMA Urges CMS to Grant Automatic Hardship Exemptions for Meaningful Use

October 2, 2015     Heather Landi
As the Stage 2 meaningful use modification rule has yet to be released, The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to give automatic hardship exemptions for physicians who did not attest to Stage 2...

In the Trenches on Population Health: Medical Group Leaders Move Forward to Move Data (and Process) Mountains

October 2, 2015     Mark Hagland
Pioneering medical group leaders are moving forward to pursue a wide variety of population health strategies, and are pushing ahead on all the hard, complex work of population health advancement

Survey: Many PCPs Unaware of Certain Medicare Reimbursements

October 2, 2015     Survey: Many PCPs Unaware of Certain Medicare Reimbursements
Many primary care physicians are not aware that they can be reimbursed for non-face-to-face time with Medicare patients who have two or more chronic conditions, according to a recent survey from Dallas-based SmartCCM, which specializes in providing third-party...

GAO Report: MU Requirements Impede EHR Interoperability

October 1, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
A new report from the Government Accountability Office has outlined five key factors—in addition to meaningful use program requirements—that are slowing down the progress of electronic health record (EHR) interoperability.

Editor’s Notes: What Do the Memoirs of an Eighteenth-Century French Noblewoman Have To Do with Readmissions Reduction?

October 1, 2015     Mark Hagland
I’ve been reading, and thoroughly enjoying, "Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era." Here's how it relates to the readmissions reduction program under Medicare.


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