Meaningful Use

 
Though he no longer has authority over meaningful use regulations, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, said that due to the nature of the federal regulatory process, it would be difficult to introduce more flexibility for complying with the Stage 2 rules.
October 11, 2013
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Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do, attendees of CHIME's Fall CIO Forum heard at a session on Oct. 9.
October 10, 2013
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There is a growing trend of physicians sharing their written notes with patients, and that's not such a bad idea, says attorney and consultant David Harlow, principal at The Harlow Group, LLC.
October 9, 2013
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While physicians recognize the benefits of electronic health records, they also complain that many systems deployed nowadays are cumbersome to use and often act as obstacles to quality care, according to a new report from RAND Corporation.
October 9, 2013
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During the government shutdown, only four of the total 184 on-board staffers at ONC would be retained and charged with handling "orderly phase-down and suspension of operations."
October 1, 2013
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The Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation have announced the newest resource added to their suite of patient materials geared to help cancer patients as they interact with the new Health Insurance Marketplaces launching Oct. 1.
September 30, 2013
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Intermountain Healthcare has signed a multi-year contract with Cerner to deploy Cerner's electronic medical record and revenue cycle technology across all of Intermountain's hospitals and clinics.
September 30, 2013
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The U.S. patient portal market is booming and is expected to reach $898.4 million by 2017, up from $279.8 million in 2012 -- representing a 221 percent increase, a new study shows.
September 27, 2013
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As two top leaders prepare to leave health IT's highest government posts, another ONC official -- a family physician, who also spent some time working at an EHR company -- prepares to take the reins.
September 26, 2013
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The start date for Stage 2 of the meaningful use incentive program, expected to begin Oct. 1, 2013 for hospitals and Jan. 1, 2014 for eligible providers is once again up for discussion.
September 25, 2013
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Outgoing National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, spoke with Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan recently about the difference between applying his passion for improving healthcare through health IT at the local level and federal level.
September 23, 2013
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The $2.4 billion hospital RCM software and services industry expects double digit increases in 2014 because of business shifts, reimbursement and payment reforms, accountable care participation, ICD-10 coding challenges, physician practice acquisitions, collection issues, and overall declining margins.
September 23, 2013
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The American Hospital Association is putting pressure on legislators to change one area of the final ruling on the federal incentives for the meaningful use of EHRs.
September 16, 2010
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A recent survey conducted by eHealth Initiatives and MedPlus reveal that primary care physicians aren't rushing to their local regional extension centers to sign up for technical services.
September 15, 2010
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According to an August CHIME survey, 28 percent of CIOs expect to qualify for stimulus funding in the first six months of fiscal year 2011, which begins on October 1, 2010. An additional 62 percent said they expect to qualify between April 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012 - the end of Stage 1 of the incentive program.
September 14, 2010
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last Friday that nearly $20 million will be awarded to 1,655 critical-access and rural hospitals in 41 states and the District of Columbia-based nationwide Indian Country.
September 13, 2010
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The Los Angeles Times printed an interesting article about the rising use of medical scribes - young, often pre-med students - who follow physicians on their rounds to input notes into the hospital's EMR system.
September 9, 2010
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If you've got a lot of money and your reputation on the line in an effort to create a huge paradigm shift in how we as an industry deliver healthcare, you need to create an infrastructure and make available the resources to support this tsunami of social and technological change. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has carefully architected such an infrastructure.
September 8, 2010
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Federal incentives for the meaningful use of EHRs has been a hot topic within the discipline and profession of chiropractic. A fairly recent article in Chiropractic Economics brought up some interesting issues.
September 7, 2010
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As healthcare providers examine the final "meaningful use" regulations, perhaps too much focus is centered on IT system requirements and gap analysis.
September 2, 2010
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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan pegs the EHR market to double in growth in three years, from $1.3 billion in 2009 to an estimated $2.6 billion in 2012. The research firm noted that the HITECH Act's federal incentive programs and healthcare reform are two of the drivers for the uptick.
September 2, 2010
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The recent announcement by Detroit Medical Center officials that the deployment of their EMR has
September 1, 2010
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that it has authorized the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology and the Drummond Group to certify EHR products to qualify for the federal incentives for meaningful use of EHRs.
August 31, 2010
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A recent report shows that despite the big push for health IT adoption, only 2 percent of hospitals in the U.S. can meet the federal government's criteria for meaningful use of EHRs. Are you surprised?
August 30, 2010
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