Meaningful Use

ONC Karen DeSalvo interoperability EHRs

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said new data from ONC and the American Hospital Association shows nearly universal adotion of electronic health records among U.S. hospitals. 

By Mike Miliard 11:15 am May 31, 2016
Half of hospitals routinely use patient information received electronically from other providers, which National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD said is an indication of how far the healthcare industry has come for both patients and clinicians.

Allscripts President Rick Poulton said that interoperability between a single vendor’s set of solutions is easy but passing data between different vendors takes an attitude as much as it does technology. 

By Bill Siwicki 07:52 am May 31, 2016
With meaningful use winding down, Poulton urged other EHR makers to work on technologies that enable providers to be more effective in the changing world or healthcare. 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons. 

By Jessica Davis 03:19 pm May 25, 2016
Part of the Helping Hospitals Improve patient Care Act, the amendment also exempts ambulatory surgical centers from MIPS through 2017 and 2018.
interoperability ONC Precision Medicine

Advisors to ONC, which resides within Health and Human Services headquarters, suggested that ONC make accommodations for President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative within the Interoperability Roadmap. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:18 am May 24, 2016
The advisory committee said that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should accelerate the definition and standards for President Obama's PMI and Patient-Generated Health Data. 
Epic Systems EHR electronic health record St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon. Source: St. Charles Health System

By Bill Siwicki 12:48 pm May 23, 2016
The Oregon-based network said the new electronic health record system will help it improve care quality and coordination.

(L-R) Gregory Weidner, MD; Shafiq Rab, MD; Adrian Zai, MD; and Thomas Lundquist, MD, at Pop Health Forum 2016 on Thursday.

By Mike Miliard 04:22 pm May 19, 2016
The pressure to shift to value-based care means providers must understand their patients more deeply than in the past. Achieving that as part of a population health management program demands rethinking existing processes.

Rural and small provider groups have "a bunch of angst right now," House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, told CMS Chief Andy Slavitt during testimony on MACRA this week.

By Susan Morse 09:26 am May 13, 2016
Implementation of MACRA will impact not only physicians, but also the hospitals with whom they partner, the American Hospital Association told Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS, and the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on Wednesday.
By Jessica Davis 11:04 am May 11, 2016
"With respect to some business practices: It's time to lead, follow or get out of the way," CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said at the 2016 Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C.

John Goodson, MD

By Jessica Davis 01:32 pm May 10, 2016
Many physicians have waited with bated breath for the end of meaningful use, looking forward to a new era of less burdensome compliance requirements and more realistic reporting guidelines. This may not be what they had in mind.
CMS Medicare Medicaid MACRA meaningful use EHR
By Mike Miliard 10:23 am May 06, 2016
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief Andy Slavitt asks hospital executives for 'meaningful engagement' with the proposed new MACRA policy, and hints they should follow Washington rule-making closely in the near future.

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