Meaningful Use

 
The proposed rule for Stage 3 meaningful use has landed at the Office of Management and Budget, alongside one from ONC aiming to make electronic health record certifications more broadly applicable across care settings.
January 7, 2015
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A new survey of physicians by Healthcare IT News' sister site finds that 55 percent of them won't attest to Stage 2 meaningful use this year. It's "almost impossible" says one specialist polled by Medical Practice Insider.
January 6, 2015
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Most providers' revenue cycle management technology is getting pretty long in the tooth, installed years ago to process the relatively simple transactions of volume-based care. As healthcare moves toward pay-for-performance, hospitals and practices will be investing in next-generation tools -- or outsourcing them.
January 5, 2015
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Retained, executive search firm, SSi-SEARCH, reveals new findings in its 2014 annual CIO survey results, designed to capture insights on how the CIO role is evolving. Among the findings: A growing workload and continued rapid change.
December 29, 2014
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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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In healthcare, IT systems management is not simply a matter of process efficiency and cost savings—it could be a matter of life or death for patients. Faced with regulatory requirements, widely dispersed facilities, demands for <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">electronic health records</a> (EHRs), and increasingly more and more mobile devices for providers, healthcare IT managers are forced to streamline systems management as budgets and headcount shrink.
October 25, 2012
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The arrival of <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a> and other laws designed to enforce HIPAA privacy guidelines makes maintaining HIPAA compliance more important than ever. Faxing anything, in a traditional manner, while maintaining compliance is extremely difficult. Therefore, we need to change the way we process and handle patient healthcare information. Fortunately, the advent of intelligent fax boards has paved the way for healthcare entities to transition into the future while allowing for more economical use of resources and reducing environmental impact.
October 18, 2012
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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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This white paper provides a brief overview of HIPAA regulations and how healthcare organizations are using technology to assist with compliance. Many traditional document handling processes do not comply with HIPAA regulations for privacy and security. The whitepaper discusses network faxing, explores advantages for implementing a network fax solution to support HIPAA compliance initiatives and to improve the security and overall efficiency of the document transmission processes.
September 11, 2012
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This white paper summarizes five vital strategies drawn from the experiences of hundreds of successful implementations in community hospitals across the nation--starting with implementation planning and carrying through go-live to ongoing optimization of the EHR. Leaders who follow them will sidestep common pitfalls and maximize use of this culture-changing tool.
September 10, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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As doctors and hospitals fight for the lives of their patients, they find themselves drowning in a sea of paperwork. Healthcare workers struggle daily to communicate patient information quickly and securely while complying with numerous insurance policies and industry regulations. Now, with demand from the White House to demonstrate "<a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">meaningful use</a>", the incentive to invest in communications technology has never been greater. This report by Smith Ivanson explores the top communication challenges Healthcare organizations face today, and why many of them are turning to Fax Servers to send, receive, and store <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHRs</a>.
August 29, 2012
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As healthcare organizations develop strategies to comply with federal mandates and succeed in the new environment, wireless is one of the emerging technologies that can enable organizations to meet their clinical and business objectives, especially in this era of having to do more with a finite set of resources. This paper, featuring results from a Healthcare IT News online survey from June and July 2012, discusses current usage of wireless data technology in healthcare and identifies areas of demand and the potential benefits of wireless solutions and strategies.
August 29, 2012
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Every HIM initiative - especially clinical documentation - relies on a single common thread for success: the availability and integrity of the right data to drive the correct decisions and follow-on actions. Capturing accurate, complete quality clinical documentation is the most critical and fundamental component in providing quality care, and ultimately has the biggest connection to generating revenue. This white paper describes the risks associated with the lack of a core HIT strategy; identifies HIT strategies that can help manage the complex clinical documentation challenges associated with ICD-10, RAC and ACOs; and provides an overview of existing and emerging technologies that have significant impact on addressing these challenges.
August 2, 2012
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Based on interviews from physicians, academic institutions, hospitals and health systems, this paper details five strategic imperatives for anyone in the health care industry who wants their organization to face the future from a position of strength.
July 2, 2012
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This white paper discusses how using analytics can provide insights into improving relationships between physicians and patients as well as improving patient adherence to medication therapy. This paper also offers five best practices to engage patients as active members of the care team.
July 2, 2012
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Every patient has a unique story. Dictated narrative reports have long been the preferred approach. As one doctor put it, “One of the most helpful lessons I’ve learned about being a physician is that we’re story tellers. We’re trying to capture the patient’s full story.” Yet the industry has created a crisis of capture around clinical narrative in the move to EHRs and other electronic clinical systems. Pursuing the legitimate need for structured data, a paradigm of template-based data entry has been pushed at the expense of rich narrative documentation. This white paper reveals how cloud-based speech understanding technology and services convert the physician narrative into a high quality and customized electronic record that improves the quality of clinical data, while accelerating and automating the documentation process.
June 26, 2012
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ONC is currently preparing to expand its efforts at educating the public about the advantages of EHRs, but as they develop their outreach program policymakers need to ensure that the information they’re delivering is actually useful.
August 11, 2011
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Like it or not, spending the public’s money on the HIT transition is a Catch-22.
August 10, 2011
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So far, it seems reasonable to believe that HITECH is working, but where could things go wrong?
August 9, 2011
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What exactly was the purpose of the HITECH Act?
August 4, 2011
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We recently highlighted the debate between policymakers and healthcare providers over how best to provide patients with reports detailing who has accessed their health records.
August 3, 2011
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Given the ongoing debates over the federal budget, advocates for a strong government role in the HIT transition may feel somewhat disheartened.
August 2, 2011
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It seem an increasing number of healthcare providers are spending more and more time gazing at, and venturing into, the clouds.
August 1, 2011
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A recent survey from Xerox Corp. shows the general public is still very much in the dark when it comes to EHRs.
July 29, 2011
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When it comes to sustaining proactive initiatives like the programs coming out of the HITECH Act, one of the bigger challenges for policymakers is figuring out how to manage the divide between perception and reality.
July 28, 2011
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More often than not, regulatory debates between policymakers and industry stakeholders feel like an extended game of “Chicken.”
July 27, 2011
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While the HITECH incentives are intended to move the country toward comprehensive use of EHRs, many HIT proponents have been banking on patient demand for access to their records as the real key to pushing providers forward.
July 26, 2011
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Got money worries? Join the club!
July 22, 2011
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