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Texas HIE Approved as CMS Qualified Registry

March 29, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a health information exchange (HIE) organization in San Antonio and surrounding Texas counties, has received clearance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to become a qualified registry.

Healthcare Informatics Report Confirms MDs’ Lack of Preparedness for MACRA

March 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A survey cosponsored by Healthcare Informatics and physician social network SERMO uncovers a significant lack of preparation by most practicing physicians for the data reporting requirements under the MACRA law

With New Healthcare Federal Officials Confirmed, Health IT Leaders Ponder Their Agendas

March 28, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Now that key leaders at two major federal healthcare agencies have been confirmed to their posts, various health IT leaders have turned their attention to working with the departments on their core priorities for the industry.

In the Wake of the ACA Repeal Failure, What’s Next for Federal Healthcare Policy?

March 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the wake of the collapse of the House Republicans’ effort to replace the ACA last week, CHIME’s Leslie Krigstein spoke with Healthcare Informatics about what might be next for federal healthcare policy

House Republicans, Short of Votes, Withdraw the American Health Care Act

March 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) called off a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives Friday on Republicans’ embattled healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act (ACHA), as a growing number of Republicans opposed the bill, Ryan announced during a...

At the Health IT Summit in Cleveland, Framing MACRA As an Opportunity

March 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Robert Schwartz, M.D., a principal with The Chartis Group, told attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland on Thursday that the requirements under the MACRA law offer both challenges and opportunities for hospital organization leaders

How Is Health Tech Like Harry Potter's Wand?

March 23, 2017  |  Glenn Pearson
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A recent Healthcare Informatics webinar I was a part of included many nuanced comments about the value and challenges of incorporating and implementing technology in healthcare.

Clinical Transformation: Brian Patty’s CMIO Perspective on Health System Change

March 22, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Brian Patty, M.D., CMIO at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, shares his perspectives on where the movement towards clinical transformation is headed in U.S. healthcare

Information Blocking is Routine and Fairly Widespread, Survey of HIEs Finds

March 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In a survey, 50 percent of HIE leaders said electronic health record (EHR) vendors "routinely" engage in information blocking, and 25 percent reported that hospitals and health systems routinely engage in business practices that interfere with...

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Remain Underprepared for MACRA

March 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Two-thirds of healthcare providers report that they are “unprepared” or “very unprepared” for managing and executing Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) initiatives, according to a survey from Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc.

Premier: In Uncertain Healthcare Moment, System Leaders Focused on Costs, Data

March 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite industry uncertainty about the future healthcare under the Trump administration and a Republican Congress, health system leaders are preparing for the changes ahead in five key areas, most of which involve health IT,

HHS Hires Deputy Health Technology Secretary, Raising More Questions about ONC’s Future

March 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has hired former Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, M.D., as a deputy assistant secretary for health technology within the federal agency.
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