Meaningful Use

 
Catholic Health Initiatives is joining forces with Houston-based Encore Health Resources to develop a set of tools to transform data generated by its electronic health records to measure quality and cost and manage patient populations.
December 7, 2012
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A new report issued by the National Center on Health Statistics (NCHS) found that in 2012, 72 percent of office-based physicians used electronic health records, up from 48 percent in 2009.
December 6, 2012
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Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have reached $9.245 billion to 177,100 physicians and hospitals through November since the program's inception and are anticipated to reach $10 billion by the end of the year.
December 6, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have revised certain sections of the meaningful use Stage 2 final rule related to clinical quality measures and data sharing.
December 5, 2012
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More than half of all healthcare providers in the U.S. are now using patient portal technology, according to a new report conducted by KLAS.
December 3, 2012
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A report issued Nov. 29 by the Office of the Inspector General calling for more oversight of the meaningful use program has been mostly well-received by stakeholders. Doctors, however, are concerned about the burden of pre-payment audits.
November 30, 2012
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Independent physicians are a vanishing breed, due in large part to government regulations requiring the adoption of health IT and the meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a new report from Accenture.
November 30, 2012
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A new consumer survey of more than 1,200 voters conducted by PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) found that 69 percent want President Barack Obama to make reducing costs his top healthcare priority in his second term, but reducing spending on IT initiatives could be troublesome for the Administration.
November 29, 2012
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A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) might not entirely spill the meaningful use apple cart, but it certainly isn't going to make things any easier.
November 29, 2012
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One week after unveiling its Patient Engagement Framework, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) has launched an online tool meant to help health organizations track their progress on involving patients in their care.
November 28, 2012
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It's been written that "imaging was given the cold shoulder in the first phase of the meaningful use program." Moving into Stage 2, that is no longer true. It looks to be easier for radiologists than its predecessor -- which is not to say they’ll flock to the incentive program en masse. Yet Stage 2 is likely to be widely discussed at RSNA 2012 in Chicago.
November 20, 2012
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National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) has released its Patient Engagement Framework, a model meant to help healthcare organizations devise patient engagement strategies through the use of health IT.
November 20, 2012
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and David Blumenthal, MD, head of ONC, announced yesterday the release of $235 million in health IT grants to communities. The recipients will be local governments and non-profit organizations that already have health IT in place. The goal of the funding will be to help them expand and demonstrate health IT's benefits for population health.
December 3, 2009
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A recent study of 10 projects nationwide by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) highlights the value derived by patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). The benefits include improved quality of care as a result of better coordination of care, enhanced access and reduction in costs because of fewer hospitalizations and ED visits.
December 2, 2009
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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.
November 30, 2009
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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).
November 25, 2009
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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.
November 24, 2009
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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.
November 23, 2009
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Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La., has successfully tested the interoperability of its medical devices and its EHR system through a bar-code system at the point of care.
November 19, 2009
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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.
November 18, 2009
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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?
November 16, 2009
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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.
November 12, 2009
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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.
November 11, 2009
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Recently, clinicians have asked me "why should I implement my organization's preferred EHR when I've found a less expensive vendor that promises meaningful use?"
November 10, 2009
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