Meaningful Use

 
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will stop offering ONC testing and certification services. Instead, CCHIT will work toward increased IT interoperability by counseling providers and developers on certified EHR requirements, the group announced Jan. 29.
January 29, 2014
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National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo says she's sympathetic to the huge regulatory burden that's placed upon providers. "There are laws and rules and regs that are a necessity, yet we want to make this as convenient and realistic for everybody," she says.
January 28, 2014
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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Commonwealth Fund have concluded that electronic health record systems and other digital tools are likely to curb the demand for physicians in the future.
January 27, 2014
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The Illinois Health Information Exchange has connected five community health centers to the statewide exchange. The providers are paving the way as active users of health information technology to improve care coordination for patients in underserved communities, Raul Recarey, ILHIE executive director said in making the announcement.
January 23, 2014
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The Stage 2 numbers for eligible docs are what some might call a little bit scary. Most office-based physicians are not prepared for the October 2014 beginning attestation date. In fact, many aren't even close.
January 22, 2014
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To say that John Glaser has had a front-row seat in the health IT arena over the past 10 years -- and the 10 years before that -- would be wrong. He's been in the trenches, sleeves rolled up. Glaser contemplates not only the past, but also what to expect going forward.
January 20, 2014
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Catholic Health Initiatives, an 87-hospital, 18-state health system, headquartered in Colorado, was taking on a big project.
January 20, 2014
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The six-bed Mountainview Medical Center in rural Montana has filed suit against electronic health record heavyweight NextGen Healthcare, alleging the company violated a signed contract by both failing to install an EHR system by the negotiated deadline and failing to implement a system that meets 2014 federal meaningful use criteria.
January 20, 2014
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Pamela McNutt, senior vice president and CIO of Methodist Health System in Dallas, has one word for the government's planned requirement for electronic reporting of clinical quality measures: Folly.
January 20, 2014
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"It's not their fault!" says Derek Kosiorek, principal in the Healthcare Consulting Group of the Medical Group Management Association.
January 20, 2014
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The push for meaningful use Stage 3 has reached a point where a confluence of power structures are ready for more breakthroughs – hence, the impetus for collaboration among IHE USA, ONC and S&I Framework, officials from these groups say.
January 20, 2014
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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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The first quarter of 2014 is over and yet we are still witnessing EHR system vendors asking the government for more time, or to lessen the certification demands, for Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use of EHRs program.
April 14, 2014
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Everyone has heard the saying "possession is 9/10ths of the law." But with meaningful use EHR incentive dollars for eligible providers, figuring out to whom the money belongs is not so simple.
March 27, 2014
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With meaningful use and ICD-10 deadlines inching closer, it is almost as if we are watching an expected slow and steady storm roll in. This sizable downpour will affect healthcare organizations, vendors, and payors alike, and it contains financial hazards that can be avoided.
March 26, 2014
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To be truly useful, the EHR must support a lab review and lab ordering workflow that leads to clinic efficiencies and provides better patient care. Practices are demanding it, and many of the newer EHRs are scrambling to provide it.
March 25, 2014
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If you've been reading the Meaningful Use 2015 NPRM as I recently did, you probably came across the discussion around requiring certified products to accept 95 percent of CDA documents.
February 26, 2014
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This week marks a major milestone in our journey towards adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. As we work toward the secure, private and meaningful exchange of interoperable health information across the continuum of care, the law that made much of this possible turns five.
February 20, 2014
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Although the federal government's meaningful use incentive program has been a driving force for healthcare IT innovation and adoption, it has also been a distraction -- encouraging organizations to invest in technology with certain characteristics and capabilities rather than systems that fully address provider and patient needs.
February 17, 2014
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Readers of my blog know that over the past year, I've written several posts warning about the burden of 2014 certification, the timing overlap of numerous federal programs including ICD-10, and my observations that IT professionals/providers are at the breaking point.
February 12, 2014
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Feb. 4 at the HIT Policy Committee meeting, the Meaningful Use Workgroup presented its recommendations as part of the process leading to a final rule in 2015.
February 4, 2014
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Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014. What advice would I give her, given the current state of healthcare IT stakeholders?
January 22, 2014
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Implementing, institutionalizing and fully leveraging the EMR is a massive undertaking, and with it comes a host of other implications, five of which will drive the following major trends in 2014.
January 16, 2014
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