Meaningful Use

 
OCHIN, (parent of O-HITEC), a non-profit provider of health information technology and services for community based health clinics serving the medically underserved, has reached an agreement with ORHQN to assist Oregon's 25 Critical Access Hospitals in reaching the federal requirement to meaningfully use an electronic health record.
May 10, 2011
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Governor Abercrombie and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Patricia McManaman today announced plans to expand access to a new model of health care delivery that will focus on patient care and technology.
May 9, 2011
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Healthcare information technology developer UNIVAL announces SentryDirect -- a new modular technology platform that simplifies the authenticated, point-to-point electronic exchange of health information between electronic health record systems (EHRs), registries and health information exchanges (HIEs).
May 9, 2011
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This week Indiana was one of the first 15 states to open their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for registration to Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals.
May 6, 2011
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Sage Healthcare Division announced today that it has been named an appropriate and qualified vendor of the New Mexico Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (NM HITREC). Serving more than 400,000 healthcare professionals, including 80,000 physicians in North America, Sage will make its ONC-ATCB certified Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition available to the REC’s more than 1,000 participating physicians.  
April 25, 2011
Press Release
Sage North America today announced that the Sage Healthcare Division is fully engaged in the process of certifying Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition as a qualified meaningful use solution.
October 7, 2010
Press Release
Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown an uptick, but many providers still struggle. With the Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers and 28 fellow members of Congress have again called on HHS for a shorter reporting period. The AMA, meanwhile, is "appalled" that more than half of eligible providers will face penalties in 2015.
December 18, 2014
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Could younger patients be the key to achieving Stage 2 meaningful use patient access requirements? A new report finds strong desire for online medical records among the 18- to 34-year-old generation, with 43 percent of millennials saying they want to access their portals via smartphone.
December 17, 2014
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In November, a fresh batch of disheartening Stage 2 attestation numbers prompted several industry groups to once again implore the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for relief.
December 12, 2014
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The mood was hopeful as 2014 dawned. "This is the year," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking in February at HIMSS14 in Orlando as the industry prepared for the kick-off of Stage 2 meaningful use attestations.
December 12, 2014
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When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use on Aug. 29, it trumpeted the "flexibility" it offered for how providers can use certified electronic health records.
December 5, 2014
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Add this to the list of hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing complaints legions of providers have about the U.S. government's increasingly exasperating meaningful use program.
December 5, 2014
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Weill Cornell's Keith Hentel, MD, will be the first to tell you: His radiology department intentionally failed to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use. They could have done it. But it would have meant pouring already limited resources into something that "doesn't really move our practice anywhere in the right direction," he said.
November 25, 2014
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Offering a bit of leeway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed out the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.
November 25, 2014
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A report from the Office of Inspector General outlines the top challenges faced by the Department of Health and Human Services in FY 2014. Among them: meaningful use and interoperability. OIG also highlighted several area HHS continues to struggle with heading into 2015, including electronic health records.
November 20, 2014
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The former chief financial officer of a now-closed Texas hospital is one step closer to a potential five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to wrongly claiming EHR incentive money.
November 14, 2014
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The federal government's electronic health record incentive money appears to be working well for hospitals and physician practices, both of whom have seen double-digit growth in EHR adoption. But how are those care providers who didn't qualify for incentives faring with digital health? Not so great, it turns out.
November 13, 2014
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Electronic health records have seen encouraging uptake among office-based physicians in recent years, with eight in 10 now having at least a basic EHR in place. But what do these doctors really think about how health IT works at the point of care? Their frank opinions may surprise you.
November 13, 2014
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Molina Healthcare providers managed healthcare services for over 4.3 million people in 16 states. Rajendra Kadam, IT Director at Molina Healthcare,will review the process of doctor authorizations at Monila and the improved efficiencies in implementing a fax server.
April 9, 2013
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In this webinar you will learn about the healthcare information exchange and how fax plays a vital role in all healthcare organizations. Greg Horton, Program Development at OpenText, will review how suppliers, providers, payers and pharmacy organizations implement RightFax in order to keep documents secure and costs down while remaining compliant.
April 9, 2013
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The change from traditional fee-for-service payments to risk-based and value-based arrangements disrupts the traditional business model for providers, hospitals, and health systems. A new white paper explores how financial modeling can address serious challenges affecting revenues.
April 4, 2013
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Accountable care offers the nation’s ailing health care system new hope — but it isn’t a new idea. For the past decade, health systems, payers, and providers across the country have been practicing accountable care principles through initiatives such as the Collaborative Payer™ Model, a care delivery innovation jointly developed by a payer and provider that approximates an accountable care organization.
April 4, 2013
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The business model of most hospital and independent laboratories will be challenged by Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2). Each laboratory will need to think beyond its traditional role of a simple outreach and revenue center. MU2 raises the bar for lab data and clinical laboratories must play a significant role in coordinated care and decision support. Further, MU2 stands to change the nature of EHR-LAB connectivity in the U.S., with much tighter integration being required. Many laboratories may find that they lack the skill set and tools for LOINC, and that their LIS is not up to the task. As a result, laboratories will need start working immediately to take a much more active role in leading, defining, and participating in coordination EHR efforts within their community.
February 28, 2013
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Atlantic Health System is leading the way in connecting healthcare providers with one another and with patients to help improve care coordination and patient engagement. Increasing levels of clinical connectivity in parallel with improved financial connectivity are driving better care and better financial outcomes. Read Atlantic Health’s story to learn about the incremental steps taken to establish the Jersey Health Connect HIO and about revenue cycle process improvements to improve financial performance via a relationship with RelayHealth.
February 27, 2013
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A conversation with Darby Dennis, Division CIO, about the value of integrating patient monitoring solutions throughout the University Hospitals system.
February 26, 2013
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As hospitals adopt and expand mobile computing strategies, power systems are critical to ensuring caregivers access the information they need, shift after shift, where it matters most – at the point of care. The marketplace is filled with competing claims about which factors matter most. To help hospital decision makers evaluate their options, here are seven questions to ask in evaluating mobile computing workstations, primarily focused on power systems.
February 5, 2013
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EHRs were projected to reduce the need for transcription. However, with slower than anticipated adoption of EHRs by providers coupled with concerns about quality and fear of inaccurate documentation and over-billing due to inappropriate copy/paste and template use, there is still a demand for transcription technology and services. A skilled medical transcriptionist can be the economical choice when faced with passing time-consuming tasks on to the most expensive person in the documentation workflow – the physician – and can serve as the extra pair of eyes to validate structured and encoded data intended for consumption by the EHR.
January 28, 2013
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This white paper focuses on how an EHR-Extender (EHR-e) can help hospitals leverage data trapped in the EHR and other clinical systems to establish better care team communication. The result of contextual critical alerts and texts are improved communication and enhanced workflows which makes patients, healthcare staff, administration, and regulators happy.
January 2, 2013
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Watch this informative video to learn more about EXTENSION's most popular clinical workflow solutions for nurses and physicians inluding nurse call integration, mobile critical lab notifications, mobile report availability, mobile STAT order notifications, HIPAA-compliant texting and more. EXTENSION's mobile point-of-care solutions improve staff satisfaction, patient safety, and HCAHPS scores.
January 2, 2013
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The New England Journal of Medicine has just published a study that compared the differences in health outcomes between paper-based and EHR-based practices, and if all you did was skim the headlines announcing the results you might think all questions surrounding EHRs had finally been put to rest.
September 6, 2011
Blog
The architects of the HITECH Act are hoping that a lot of things are going to change within the next five years.
September 1, 2011
Blog
It’s no secret that many HIT advocates are frustrated at the pace of the HIT transition.
August 31, 2011
Blog
“Knock the heck out of it,” ONC Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, exhorted attendees at an Allscripts conference, yesterday.
August 30, 2011
Blog
We interrupt these dog days of summer for a bit of a doctors’ food fight.
August 29, 2011
Blog
It’s a chicken-or-egg question: Will doctors adopting EHRs lead to a rise in the use of Personal Health Records (PHRs), or will increasing consumer demand for personal health information force reluctant doctors to go digital?
August 26, 2011
Blog
More often than not, general surveys are probably of little use to policymakers.
August 24, 2011
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Lately, we’ve been pondering how policymakers should approach educating patients about the HIT transition.
August 23, 2011
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Anyone who doubts the complexity of the HIT transition should talk to a lawyer.
August 18, 2011
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It's pretty much a given in HIT policy circles that the public needs to know more about the potential benefits of health IT.
August 18, 2011
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You say "po-tay-to," I say "po-tah-to."
August 16, 2011
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How far should government go to make good things happen?
August 12, 2011
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