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Do MIPS Reporting Measures Create an Even Playing Field For Clinicians?

April 26, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Rita Numerof, Ph.D., co-founder and president of Numerof & Associates, believes there are concerns for providers regarding the reliability and validity of specific individual measures in MIPS.

Allscripts Solution Said to “Deliver Fully Certified 2015 Edition Technology”

April 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Chicago-based Allscripts has attested that, through a partnership with Drummond Group LLC, it has developed a solution that is certified to enable clinicians to meet the requirements of the meaningful use program as well as the Quality Payment Program.

CMS Issues 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule with Eye on Regulatory Simplification

April 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals, and which would make changes to several quality reporting programs.

HIMSS Urges HHS Secretary Price to Delay 2015-Edition EHR Deadline

April 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, HIMSS recommends moving the start date for the requirements around using the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria to July 1, 2018, rather than January 1, 2018.

Study: Voluntary Value-Based Care Programs Help Reduce Readmissions

April 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A recently published study found that hospital participation in voluntary, value-based reforms, such as Meaningful Use and Medicare’s Pioneer and Shared Savings ACO program, is associated with greater reductions in 30-day readmissions for patients with three...

Associations Ask CMS to Establish “Administrative Burden” Hardship Exemption for MU

March 30, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The AMA and numerous other healthcare groups have written a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking to minimize the penalties assessed for physicians who have tried to participate in meaningful use and other federal reporting programs.

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.

GAO Report: HHS Needs to Step Up Efforts to Encourage Patient Access, Use of EHRs

March 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Health care providers that participated in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered nearly 9 out of 10 patients the ability to access their health information online. However, a recent...

Autonomous Driving: What’s Next, Autonomous Healthcare?

March 12, 2017  |  Joe Marion
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Autonomous cars are coming. Will healthcare follow suit?

In Denver, Mining EHR Data for Public Health Monitoring, at a Very Local Level

March 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS) is a regional partnership between Colorado health providers, public health departments and the University of Colorado Denver to share health data in order to track population health trends.

Study: Use of e-Prescribing Reduces Diabetes-Related Adverse Drug Events

March 8, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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According to research published in Medical Care, the use of electronic prescriptions with diabetes patients is associated with a lower risk of emergency department visits or hospitalizations for diabetes-related adverse drug events.

Providers Urge Federal Officials to Delay 2015 CEHRT Requirements

March 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An array of provider associations have asked federal officials to delay 2015 EHR certification requirements “until such technology is widely available, and in no event, sooner than January 2019.”