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Two More Healthcare Orgs Become Stage 7 Recognized

January 30, 2015
HIMSS Analytics has recognized two separate healthcare organizations this past week with Stage 7 and Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Study: Texting Proves Better than mHealth Apps for Treating Mental Illness

January 30, 2015
Texting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications, according to new study led by researchers from Clemson University.

BREAKING: ONC Releases First Draft of Interoperability Roadmap

January 30, 2015
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a 166-page, first draft interoperability roadmap, which outlines specific steps needed to achieve an open ecosystem in the next 10 years.

MGMA Applauds CMS' Move on Meaningful Use

January 29, 2015
The Medical Group Management Association pronounced itself "encouraged" by the Jan. 29 announcement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was modifying key aspects of the meaningful use program

American Hospital Association to House Committee: Make Telehealth Global

January 29, 2015
Earlier this week, representatives from the Chicago-based American Hospital Association (AHA) sent a letter to the Committee on Energy and Commerce seeking a reform of Medicare policy on telehealth reimbursement.

BREAKING: CMS Considering Proposing a Shortened EHR Reporting Period in 2015

January 29, 2015
In news that will surely make much of the healthcare IT world happy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intentions to shorten meaningful use reporting in 2015 from a full-year to 90-days.

ONC Brings Aboard New CMO

January 28, 2015
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), slowly compiling a new leadership team after its well-documented turnover this past fall, is bringing on a new CMO.

Georgia HIE Grows by 450 Percent

January 28, 2015
The Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange’s (GRAChIE) network has grown by 450 percent in the past six months, according to an announcement from the HIE organization.

Major Providers, Payers Set Their Own Value-Based Goals

January 28, 2015
An alliance of some of the country's biggest health systems and payers announced a significant commitment to value-based reimbursement models by the year 2020.

Survey: Patients Interested in Using Telemedicine Services

January 28, 2015
Among patients who have not used a telemedicine service, 75 percent express interest in using one in lieu of an in-person medical visit, according to new research from the Austin, Tx.-based electronic health record (EHR) selection group Software Advice.

Colorado, Ohio Proposing Regulatory Changes Around Telehealth

January 27, 2015
Two states--Colorado and Ohio--are proposing changes around the way telehealth services are used and reimbursed.

HIMSS HIE Survey Reveals Progress for Supporting MU

January 27, 2015
Health information exchanges (HIEs) are doing a better job supporting meaningful use Stage 2 than they were a year ago, according to an updated Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) HIE survey.

UVA Health System Launches eReferral/eConsult Pilot

January 27, 2015
The University of Virginia Health System is piloting an eReferral/eConsultation initiative, the academic center recently announced.

Obama Administration Sets Value-Based Reimbursement Goals

January 26, 2015
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants 30 percent of traditional Medicare fee-for-service payments tied to a quality-driven, alternative payment model, such as an Accountable Care Organization (ACOs), by the end of next year.

State Innovation Models to Invest in Health IT

January 26, 2015
The State Health Innovation Plans developed by 25 states—with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—plan to significantly invest in health IT services, according to a recent analysis from the New York-based research firm, Accenture.
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