With an estimated $1.5 billion in potential bonus payments available for radiologists who demonstrate meaningful use, authors of a new study are urging radiologists to make sure they understand what is required of them so that they don’t miss the boat.
One hundred patients with diabetes have signed up for a telemonitoring pilot spearheaded by HEALTHeLINK, the regional health information organization (RHIO) serving Western New York State. The nonprofit's innovative approach to telemonitoring could serve as a model for the rest of the nation, according to Todd Norris, Western New York Beacon Project Director.
National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, urged an audience at the annual Allscripts Client Experience Conference Monday morning to pick a health problem - stroke or heart attack, for example - and "knock the heck out of it."
New healthcare IT jobs are part of the Jobs Initiatives for Rural America announced by President Obama Aug. 16 at the White House Rural Economic Forum. The plan includes making HHS loans available to help more than 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals recruit additional staff and help rural hospitals implement health IT.
Even as Oklahoma and Kansas recently said ‘no thanks’ to federal money aimed at helping them with the health information technology platform needed to create health insurance exchanges, the Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury last week awarded $185M more to drive the creation of the exchanges across the country.
Meaningful use expert Jim Tate has written that the Medicaid EHR incentive program reminds him of "zero entry" swimming pools: very easy to get into, with almost no barriers. Given its less stringent requirements compared to the Medicare EHR incentive program, Tate writes, he's surprised that more eligible professionals are "not jumping into this incentive program with both feet."
Rep. Renee Ellmers sent a letter Thursday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in which she requested that HHS consider a study of health IT's benefits and cost effectiveness, with a focus on gauging medical error rates.
The National eHealth Collaborative convened its second meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth earlier this week, bringing together a collaborative forum of nearly 200 organizations who are working in a national effort to engage consumers around the tools and resources available to them through advances in healthcare IT.