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New Senate Bill Proposes Using Project ECHO as National Model for Rural Care

May 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have introduced the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act with the aim of expanding New Mexico’s Project ECHO as a national model for using telehealth for rural care.

NATE, CommonWell Come Together for Interoperability Goals

May 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) and CommonWell Health Alliance have announced that each would become a member of the other’s organization, agreeing to establish a complementary relationship with the goal of enhancing cross-vendor...

MIPS Mobile Challenge Aims to Give Clinicians Real-Time Information and Assistance

May 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a competition to develop a mobile platform to help educate physicians and clinicians about the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.

CMS Finalizes Its Quality Measure Program

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Officials at CMS on Tuesday posted the agency’s finalized Quality Measurement Program on its website, focusing on identifying known measurement and performance gaps and developing measures in six key quality “domains”

Watching CMS Listen to Providers

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Last week’s announcement on the part of CMS officials proposing significant changes to Medicare payment for physicians signaled an increasing willingness on their part to dialogue iteratively with providers about what needs to be changed---and when

Survey: Most Digital Health Users Are Not Using EHRs to Manage Their Health

May 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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While 60 percent of consumers who use digital health tools say they have an electronic health record (EHR), only 22 percent of these patients are accessing EHRs to help make medical decisions, according to a survey by HealthMine.

Washington Debrief: MACRA Reg is Out!

May 2, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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In an unusual move, CMS published the long-anticipated proposed rule on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) program stemming from the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) of 2015

CHIME Calls for More Transparent, Uniform Interoperability Standards for Medical Devices

April 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collaborate with other federal agencies to ensure that medical devices are truly interoperable with electronic heath records (EHR) systems.

Survey: EHR Switches Resulted in Higher Than Expected Costs, Layoffs, Negative Impact on Healthcare Delivery

April 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Four years after what market research firm Black Book calls the inpatient electronic health record (EHR) “replacement frenzy,” surveyed clinicians expressed many doubts about the benefits of switching systems.

Healthcare Informatics Recognized with Four ASHPE Awards

April 29, 2016  |  the HCI editors
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Healthcare Informatics has been recognized by the American Society for Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) with four awards as part of the ASHPE’s 2016 Awards Competition.

Within MACRA Proposed Rule, Health IT Leaders Ponder the Complexity of the “New” Meaningful Use

April 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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With the release of a proposed MACRA rule on April 27, the federal government announced changes to the existing MU program, leaving Medicare physicians with nearly 1,000 pages of reading to examine how the new program, called Advancing Care Information, and...

Truven Health Analytics Identifies 15 Top Health Systems Based on Clinical, Administrative Performance

April 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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A study by Truven Health Analytics found that the top-performing multi-hospital health systems in the U.S. achieved higher survival rates and fewer errors at a lower overall treatment cost.

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