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Reinventing Claims Management for the Value-Based Era

August 8, 2017  |  Carmen Deguzman Sessoms, FHFMA, AVP, Product Management, Change Healthcare
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Provider claims management can no longer exist as a silo. With the rapid transformation from fee-for-service to value-based models, denial rates remain high despite advances in technology and automation. For providers to be effective, the revenue cycle...

What New Research Says about Which Federal Financial Incentives Produce Health System Change

August 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A new study in Health Affairs looks at the extent to which meaningful use incentives actually spurred EHR adoption—and what the implications are for federally driven incentives for change going forward

Health Affairs: MU Program Led to Spike in Hospitals’ EHR Adoption Rates

August 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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EHR adoption rates in hospitals increased by an average of 3.2 percent annually in the period before implementation of meaningful use incentives. But in the period after MU, the average annual increase was 14.2 percent.

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes 90-Day MU Reporting Period, Pushes Back Stage 3 Mandate

August 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that affirms a 90-day reporting for hospitals attesting to the meaningful use program in 2018.

OIG Puts EHR Vendors on Notice Regarding Potential Healthcare Fraud

August 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General is sending a cautionary note to electronic health record (EHR) software vendors that it takes the EHR certification process “very seriously” and will investigate any alleged misconduct.

House Bill Aims to Incentivize Adoption of EHRs by Behavioral Health Providers

July 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Last week, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) technology by behavioral health providers.

Senators Urge CMS to Recover MU Overpayments

July 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Two U.S. senators are advocating for CMS to recover meaningful use overpayments that the government mistakenly doled out over a recent three-year span, as estimated in a recent report from OIG.

CMS Proposed Rule: MU Stage 3 Reporting Requirements Won’t Change

July 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a payment rule released last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed that reporting requirements for Stage 3 of the meaningful use program would not change, with the last stage of the federal program on track to commence on Jan. 1...

Survey: Following eClinicalWorks Settlement, Some Providers Losing Confidence in EHR Vendors

July 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the wake of the recent eClinicalWorks $155 settlement, most healthcare professionals said they are extremely unlikely to consider partnering with the vendor in the future, and some, more broadly, are losing confidence in other EHR vendors.

One Medical Researcher’s Take on EHR Usability and the Impact on Patient Care

July 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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While it’s no secret that physicians have complaints about EHRs, the co-author of a new medical study about hospital-based physicians’ perceptions of EHRs says the study findings illustrate that EHR usability should be addressed as a quality of care issue.

ONC’s New Leadership Emphasizes Shifting Priorities in Media Briefing

July 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a briefing with members of the industry press today, top officials at ONC discussed the core priorities of the agency, signaling a change in focus for the health IT branch of the federal government.

Survey: Hospital, Office Physicians Say EHRs Hinder Patient Interaction, in Different Ways

July 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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While it’s no secret that physicians have complaints about electronic health records (EHRs) and the impact on patient interactions, one survey has found that hospital-based physicians and office-based physicians have slightly different concerns about how...