By Mary Mosquera 08:34 am November 29, 2012
Close to half of physicians nationwide are now prescribing electronically via their electronic health record systems on the Surescripts network, with all states producing double-digit increases.
By Mary Mosquera 09:58 am November 21, 2012
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded a 10-year contract valued at up to $15 billion to eight vendors to compete to build various aspects of a virtual data center, which will provide the agency's IT infrastructure and services that operate its business systems and better safeguard its healthcare information.
By Mary Mosquera 09:00 am November 20, 2012
Imaging is on the cusp of taking a greater role in health IT and development of new payment and care delivery models with new applications and its use as a diagnostic tool earlier in the patient care process.
By Mary Mosquera 11:19 am November 19, 2012
The continuing saga around the deadline delay for states to decide whether or not they'll establish their own health insurance exchanges doesn't change the final upshot: All states are anticipated to have an online insurance marketplace, one way or another.
By Mary Mosquera 11:14 am November 16, 2012
In a second delay in one week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has extended the deadline for one month for states to not only submit their blueprints for a state-based health insurance exchange, but also to decide if they plan to establish their own exchange.
By Mary Mosquera 10:16 am November 14, 2012
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added descriptive specification sheets for meaningful use Stage 2 to help eligible physicians and hospitals participate and complete the measures for the electronic health record incentive programs.
By Mary Mosquera 09:36 am November 13, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for states to declare their plans for a state-based health insurance exchange for one more month to accommodate many governors who were waiting until the election outcome to decide whether to move ahead.
By Mary Mosquera 11:03 am November 09, 2012
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments have surpassed $8 billion since its inception, with $8.36 billion paid out to 165,800 eligible physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of October.
By Mary Mosquera 09:07 am November 08, 2012
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, said that data and analytics played a critical role in the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama -- mirroring the growing importance of data in healthcare.