The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is expected to call for public comment on a draft of Stage 3 meaningful use requirements this month, according to leaders of ONC's HIT Policy Committee.
The American Health Information Management Association is partnering with the Delta Regional Authority on a pilot project aimed at speeding the adoption of electronic health records in the Delta region by initiating a revolving micro-loan program.
Sixty-nine percent of U.S. primary care physicians reported using electronic medical records in 2012 -- up from 46 percent in 2009, according to findings from the 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey. But in the U.S., just 11 percent of physicians said they had referral information available when it was needed.
More and more, health IT is expanding from the clinical into the commercial realm. With patient engagement so crucial to the transformation of care delivery, that's a good thing. But some consumer technologies are better than others.
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.
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.
Obamacare has survived both a Supreme Court challenge and now Mitt Romney's promise to "repeal and replace." But very real questions remain about its future, since it's as unpopular as ever in some states. Questions about federal funding of health IT are also still lingering.
Like most smart health IT vendors, McKesson is preparing for a brave new world of value-based care. Toward that end, the healthcare giant made a couple of strategic acquisitions just a week apart earlier this fall.
There's still a lot of talk about the findings of two separate studies that were announced last week regarding the lack of savings generated by electronic health record systems. Advocates of health IT vociferously defended EHRs and EMRs.
Iowa's Medicaid program is set to receive approximately $1.16 million in federal matching funds to help it plan for the implementation of electronic health records through ARRA's incentive program. A number of other states are also on the verge of receiving their funds, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
On the heels of a research study sponsored by the federal government and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comes another study by Harvard researchers that provides evidence that EHRs do not deliver savings to hospitals.
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Health IT Financing Act (HR 3014), which would authorize the Small Business Administration to oversee a $10 billion loan program for healthcare providers. This bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Kathleen A. Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), chairman of the House Small Business Regulations and Healthcare Subcommittee, is up for Senate consideration.
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) recently introduced the Small Business Health IT Financing Act of 2009 (H.R. 3854) on November 10th. Recognizing the economic hardships facing primary care and small physician offices, Kerry's bill makes these providers eligible for Small Business Administration loans to help with the upfront cost of health IT implementations under the Small Business Health IT Financing Program amendment.
The biggest barrier to electronic health record (EHR) adoption has always been the upfront cost of implementing the system and the productivity lost during the learning curve. The rapidly changing healthcare landscape, however, may make cost the reason why physicians adopt health IT. Come again?
One of the criteria for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) is the ability to share data among providers to deliver patient care that has no gaps and promotes collaboration. American Pathology Partners is implementing Halfpenny Technologies' interoperability platform for an additional reason, which is equally important in this rapidly changing healthcare environment.
As the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continues to hone its definition of meaningful use for health IT, it should take note of the results of Kaiser Permanente’s osteoporosis prevention program.
Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG), comprising 200 primary care physicians and 500 specialists in private practices in the San Diego area, and Graybill Medical Group, based in Escondido and one of the largest primary care practices in California, are going to develop a patient management and electronic health record systems. They are also developing strategies that will make implementations more efficient and therefore achieve go-live much sooner than traditional software implementations.
Aside from the upfront cost of implementing electronic health records (EHRs), one of the major barriers for adopting health IT cited by physicians is a lack of standards. On Friday, HL7 published a standard for clinical research in an EHR system.