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BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

Mark Hagland
On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment

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Advocacy Groups Question Logic of Stage 3 Proposals to CMS

May 28, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Major groups, such as the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), have begun to release their overall thoughts on the Stage 3 proposed rule. The early consensus is a negative outlook on the...

The Mobile Patient: How mHealth Tools are Paving the Way for Better Care Management

May 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
In the new healthcare, provider organizations will need to make concerted efforts to become more patient-centered. Enter the world of mobile health—for forward-thinking providers, it’s about getting patients to use mHealth tools for better care management.

Study: Even PCMH-Recognized Practices Fall Short on Stage 3 Care Coordination Requirements

May 18, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Even among the top health IT-enabled primary care practices, a large amount of physicians are still doing care coordination the old fashioned way.

Workgroup Proposes Lowering Thresholds for MU Stage 3 Transitions of Care

May 12, 2015   |  David Raths
During the May 12 federal Health IT Policy Committee, the Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup raised some concerns and suggestions about the proposals in Stage 3 of meaningful use around transmission and reconciliation of data.

Washington Debrief: New Members Join HIT Policy Committee

May 11, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National Coordinator for Health IT, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Health, a position she has held as acting since last October. The Health IT Policy Committee also welcomes three...

CMS Official on Future of Health IT: “It’s Time to Build Something Magnificent”

May 8, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Jason McNamara, senior technical director of Medicaid health IT at CMS, surveys the health IT landscape, offering thoughts on the perception of the government as well as current trends and challenges he’s seeing in the industry from a policy perspective.

Karen DeSalvo, M.D. Possibly Out at ONC, Nominated to Full-Time HHS Position

May 6, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
On Tuesday, May 6, the Obama administration confirmed that Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National Coordinator for Health IT, has been nominated to work full-time as Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS

Washington Debrief: 21st Century Cures Initiative Expected to Include Interoperability Provisions

May 4, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce released the latest draft of legislation focused on making significant changes in the regulation of drugs and medical devices, which included placeholders for forthcoming language to address health IT...

Hospital CFO Fined $4.4 Million for Meaningful Use Fraud

May 4, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Joe White, former CFO of the now-closed Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Texas, has agreed to pay back $4.4 million obtained through fraudulent attestation to meaningful use; he could face seven years in federal prison

CMS Proposes Changes for Meaningful Use to Take Effect in 2015

May 1, 2015   |  David Holtzman, Vice President of Compliance for Cynergistek
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the requirements of the meaningful use program that would take effect in this current MU reporting year. David Holtzman breaks down some of the major proposals for HCI.

Tweet Chat Recap: Participants Discuss HIMSS15, Policy Changes

April 28, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna and Megan Combs
An active group of Tweeters took part in Healthcare Informatics' third tweet chat this week, which focused on the events of HIMSS15

KLAS Report Names Top Vendors at Driving Patient Portal Adoption

April 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Among rated vendors, Epic, athenahealth and Medfusion are the most effective at helping their customers drive patient portal adoption, according to a new report from the Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.