The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum, released two reports Tuesday that pointed to specific opportunities for more coordinated approaches to making healthcare safer and enhancing clinical performance.
The title of this commentary is pure jargon, but does express the issue at hand. An alternative title "The Most Important Health Policy Decision Hidden as an Obscure Health IT Technical Evaluation that You May Never Have Heard of," would have also been accurate, but is grammatically unsound and too flippant for an important subject.
HRSA released $32 million to 904 community health centers nationwide on Thursday, part of an initiative that aims at enhancing the quality and coordination of healthcare services through the patient-centered medical home.
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, urged the Health IT Standards Committee to push forward with standards that are "good enough" to get started on health information exchange rather than waiting until they gain maturity and wide adoption.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is collaborating with health technology company Allscripts to roll out electronic health records to more than 750 North Carolina physicians, including more than 150 physicians in 39 free clinics, allowing them to connect to the statewide health information exchange.
As score-keeping begins for new Medicare penalties for hospitals with excessive numbers of patients returning shortly after they're discharged, a new Dartmouth Atlas Project report shows little progress over a five-year period in reducing these hospital readmissions and improving care coordination for Medicare patients. In fact, the statistics show that readmissions for some conditions are on the rise.
Clarimed, a new healthcare rating agency offering independent information and reference tools, has launched its new online service at the Health 2.0 conference. The site features analytical insights into medical devices, diseases, procedures and manufacturers.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced up to $13.2 million in new grants to support the expansion of health information technology in settings that serve people with mental and substance use disorders.
A new study found that the criteria for hospitals to meet meaningful use of electronic medication order entry for Stage 1 is too low to have a significant impact on hospital mortality rates among Medicare patients.
Sept. 12 was a big day for healthcare IT. Federal officials hosted a Consumer Health IT Summit, jam-packed with new initiatives to advance HIT. The event was charged with a wave of energy toward grass roots change, specifically supporting patient-centered care.