Meaningful Use

 
Despite all the recent industry-wide discussion, objective measures suggest that health IT interoperability is still only barely simmering, says John Loonsk, MD.
April 6, 2015
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There are just over 200 U.S. hospitals that have ascended to the top of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. What are the secrets to their success?
April 6, 2015
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When CMS dropped the Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rule March 20, industry response wasn't immediate. But now it's sinking in, and many have gone to Twitter to voice their opinions. Here's our roundup.
April 3, 2015
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"Because I said so." If you've ever been a parent of a teenager, you've likely uttered (screamed) those four words on more than one occasion. Our columnist recently recognized some similarities with the meaningful use program.
March 26, 2015
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On March 20, CMS released its proposed Stage 3 rules and certification critieria for eligible hospitals and providers. This analysis by Micky Tripathi and John Halamka, MD, goes through the good, the bad and the ugly of it all.
March 25, 2015
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More than 98 percent of athenahealth's medical practice clients achieved Stage 2 meaningful use in 2014. That number surpasses the MU attestation rate -- so far -- for any other EHR vendor, company officials say.
March 25, 2015
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As it has with other proposed rule-makings, CMS has touted the "flexibility" and "streamlined" nature of the new Stage 3 meaningful use measures. But some physician groups don't quite see things that way.
March 24, 2015
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The reaction to the long-anticipated Stage 3 meaningful use rules has been slow in coming, but a few people have managed to wade through the hundreds of pages since they were released late Friday afternoon. They're cautiously optimistic.
March 23, 2015
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The new Stage 3 meaningful use rules proposed Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seek to give providers more flexibility, simplify the program, drive interoperability among electronic health records and put the focus on improved patient outcomes.
March 20, 2015
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It's been almost six years since the Senate HELP Committee has revisited EHRs and interoperability, and at a hearing Tuesday there was one overarching theme among industry stakeholders: That talk is long past due.
March 18, 2015
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A relative newcomer to the C-suite, the chief medical information officer title continues to redefine itself. One frustrated CMIO captured the anxiety of this new role when he referred to himself as the "chief apology officer."
March 16, 2015
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"These events will provide practical advice to investors, providers and entrepreneurs in the health tech space, including how-to guidance on establishing collaborations, structuring deals and identifying market opportunities."
March 13, 2015
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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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Structured and unstructured information are valuable assets that allow companies to make informed business decisions. As a common practice, companies have adopted back office systems and CRM as part of their IT infrastructure to address structured information that’s commonly found in databases. While CRM lays the foundation for the IT infrastructure it does not address the unstructured data that can be found between core systems.
June 22, 2012
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As many IT managers and HIPAA Security Officers have already discovered, HIPAA compliance requirements are daunting. The issues are so complex that some institutions have even taken a “wait and see” approach. But, sooner or later, you’ll be expected to demonstrate that your organization can detect, prevent, and respond to attacks, intrusions, or other system failures. Download this free whitepaper, HIPAA Compliance: Meeting the Security Challenge, to take a closer look at the HIPPA Compliance challenge.
May 22, 2012
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While the HIPAA Privacy Rule covers protected health information (PHI) in all forms, the HIPAA Security Rule specifically applies only to PHI that is maintained, transformed, or transmitted in electronic form (e-PHI). The Security Rule requires covered entities to meet specific objectives and presents major challenges for virtually every covered entity in the HIPAA environment, no matter how big or small. Covered entities include health plans, health care clearinghouses, and healthcare providers. In addition, business partners and associates who interact with covered entities are forced to deal with the same security issues as covered entities. IT professionals, like you, know the amount of work involved in supporting HIPAA compliance. The members of your IT team have enough on their plates without assuming the role of HIPAA police, but the team can also appreciate that adding technologies for HIPAA Security Rule compliance is an opportunity to make improvements in overall IT security that increases the organization’s bottom line. Read this white paper, including results from the HIMSS 2010 Security Survey, to learn how to fulfill HIPAA Security Rule requirements and improve overall control and performance of your IT infrastructure.
May 16, 2012
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Adoption and training are inextricably linked—your community hospital can only achieve the level of adoption you need with effective training. In our latest white paper on clinical system adoption, we address the 10 Keys for Training Success.
May 1, 2012
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About 39% of medical offices in the U.S. have adopted <a href="/directory/electronic-medical-record-emr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EMR</a> technology, according to SK&A. With Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments now available to physician practices and hospitals who make <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> of such technology, that number is expected to rise over the next several years. But what about the practices who have not yet embarked on the journey toward EMR implementation? What’s holding them back? And where should they turn for help in managing the transition from paper-based records to electronic systems? Download this white paper to learn more about EMR implementation best practices.
April 18, 2012
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Hospital executives know that traditional cost-cutting methods have reached the point of diminishing return. Reduced reimbursement, increasing regulations, staff reductions, mandatory overtime, and lower capital expenditures have had disastrous effects on care delivery and the overall health of provider institutions. Yet the federal government is asking for more givebacks. You say you can’t squeeze water from a stone, but perhaps you can.
April 17, 2012
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The United States is undergoing a major transformation of its healthcare delivery system, driven by federal health IT investments and healthcare reforms. This content piece features information from a joint presentation at the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas in February, where Eric Dishman, General Manager of Health Strategy and Solutions at Intel Corporation, and Jason Hwang, MD, executive director of healthcare at the Innosight Institute, presented on the power of “disruptive innovation” to meet the challenges of transforming the U.S. health sector. Download this paper to read examples of how disruption health IT innovation is driving new care models across the globe.
March 29, 2012
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The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced in February 2012 that nearly 2,000 hospitals received incentive payments under the CMMS’ <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> Incentive Programs. In addition, 85 percent of hospitals now report that by 2015 they intend to take advantage of the incentive payments. With the competitive inpatient market moving toward critical mass, many hospitals face the challenge of meeting Stage 1 MU criteria. Forward-thinking hospitals and health systems are approaching patient education beyond checking a box on their way to qualifying for incentive payments. Learn how Ochsner Health System now provides consistent patient education materials based on evidence-based medicine to its clinicians across its seven hospitals and 40 clinics.
March 22, 2012
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In just a few short years, the health information exchange (HIE) market has grown exponentially and continues to expand in terms of number of initiatives, scope of services provided and technology offerings. When the nonprofit, community-based Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization(CFRHIO) was formed in 2003, its leaders focused on improving the quality of healthcare across the seven counties it serves. Read this white paper to learn how CFRHIO built a repository platform that collects data from numerous clinical providers into a central database, which participating providers can access, regardless of where the data came from or where the patient is when the data is retrieved.
March 7, 2012
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Hundreds of initiatives for care episodes are already underway in the U.S., relying on myriad combinations of provider types, legacy systems, and techniques. No single system on the market has the perfect solution across all areas. Bundling payments can reduce the cost of care by significantly reducing duplicative services, refocusing practice on collaboration across providers and rewarding quality outcomes. Learn more about automating major care process components by encompassing episode identification and definition as well as payment determination and timing.
June 10, 2011
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It’s easy to defend the HITECH Act based on the potential benefits of new health IT.
July 21, 2011
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Stakeholders are gathering to discuss next year's priorities. John Halamka, MD, outlines what's top of mind for healthcare IT leaders.
August 20, 2015
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There's a lot to be gleaned from tactics the Defense Department employed when announcing its EHR contract. Other federal agencies should be paying attention.
August 7, 2015
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There are many tools and features that patients want, but for practices to get the most from them, they need to be a part of a larger platform and integrate with other technologies, like billing solutions and EHRs.
July 22, 2015
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Tens of billions of dollars paid out by the federal government for the purchase of healthcare information technology enabled our industry to stay addicted to its current solutions. With no incentive to change behavior or innovate, why should the major HIT vendors bother to do so?
June 22, 2015
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With Stage 2 meaningful use, ICD-10, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule and the Affordable Care Act dominating the agenda these past few years, Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka, MD, is doing some research to help reshape next priorities.
June 18, 2015
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Continuity of care or accountability of care is unlikely without Medicare Shared Savings and Meaningful Use health IT incentives for mental and behavioral health providers.
May 27, 2015
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Few want to publicly criticize the 21st Century Cures Act. But John Halamka, MD is happy to serve as the lightning rod for this discussion, pointing out those assumptions that are unlikely to be helpful -- and those most likely to be hurtful.
May 21, 2015
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On Thursday, CMS announced their intent to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2015 and beyond, reducing the reporting burden on providers. On Friday, ONC released the Interoperability Roadmap and the Standards Advisory. A busy week. What does it all mean?
February 2, 2015
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A show of hands: Who believes depression or bipolar disorder have no impact on the severity and treatment of a patient’s diabetes and COPD? It's an idea no practicing physician would support. Yet time and again, we act as though mental illness and care can be kept separate from physical ailments.
January 20, 2015
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As an eternal optimist, I always look forward to the year ahead and forget the bruises of the year that has passed. What innovations can we expect in 2015?
January 7, 2015
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In looking back over 2014, and looking forward to 2015, two things stand out: uncertainty and change.
January 5, 2015
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