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State-by-State Telemedicine Report Cards Shows Mixed Results

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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While more states have adopted policies improving coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine services, there is also a trend with state medical boards imposing more restrictive regulations which could be a barrier to more widespread use of telemedicine,...

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Awards $70 Million for Research Projects

January 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) board of governors approved $70 million for nine new patient-centered research projects focused on conditions ranging from diabetes to chronic lung disease and migraines.

U.S. Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Grow 30 Percent by 2020

January 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The hospital electronic health record (EHR) market is mature, but there is still potential growth for the ambulatory EHR market, particularly as ambulatory providers increasing adopt health IT due to meaningful use (MU) incentives and in response to ongoing...

Patient-Centric Care Models Require Substantial Investments in IT and Staffing, Rand Study Shows

January 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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There are substantial costs involved with transitioning primary care practices into a patient-centered medical home model, which may be a burden to small and independent practices wanting to make the shift, according to a new study from the Rand Corporation.

CMS Innovation Center Launches $157M Pilot Project to Bridge Clinical Care with Social Services

January 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled this week a new $157 million pilot program that will test the viability of focusing on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with the overall goal of lowering healthcare...

ONC Releases Interactive Dashboard for State Health IT Policy Levers

December 31, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) offers a number of interactive tools through its Health IT Dashboards and one new feature displays 32 distinct state health IT policy levers and examples of how states are using them...

Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness Calls for Changes to Substance Abuse Privacy Laws

December 23, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Privacy protections for alcohol and drug abuse patient records need to be changed to be in harmony with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and to enable better coordinated care, according to a paper released this week...

Report: Beacon Community Programs Show Mixed Progress on Health IT Use, Quality Measures

December 18, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Beacon Community Programs had “mixed progress” on health information technology (IT) use and quality measures during the past four years, according to a new report from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) presented to the Office of the National...

Indiana FQHC Selected as HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award Recipient

December 7, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HealthNet, Indiana’s largest federally qualified health center (FQHC), has been named a 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award recipient, the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced on Dec. 7.

North Carolina Medical Group Leaders Streamline Referral Processes

November 24, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Like many healthcare organizations, Raleigh Medical Group has been challenged with finding the most efficient way to exchange patients’ clinical records with other providers with the aim of quickly closing the loop on patient care.

CMS Officials Delay Diagnostic Imaging Test Mandate That Had Been Set for January 2017

November 12, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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According to a Nov. 11 report online at AuntMinnie.com, CMS has postponed its January 1, 2017 deadline for physicians to use clinical decision support software when ordering diagnostic imaging tests

Lancaster General Health’s Population Health Push: The Chief Quality & Medical Information Officer’s View

November 1, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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Michael Ripchinski, M.D. shares his perspectives on the long journey into population health of his organization, Lancaster General Health, and its attendant data analytics challenges

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