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By Erin McCann 10:23 pm August 08, 2014
By mining state Medicaid data and utilizing a population health platform, the Wyoming Department of Health was able to slash its Medicaid-related emergency room visits by 20 percent in a one-year period.
By Government Health IT Staff 11:05 am August 08, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule this week updating Medicare payment policies and rates for patient stays at acute care and long-term care hospitals. As part of its efforts to improve patient care, the rule made several changes to quality reporting programs that rely on electronic health records.
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By Madelyn Kearns 09:53 am August 08, 2014
Thousands of eligible providers are working diligently toward EHR incentive payments, but some practices are choosing a different route: abandoning meaningful use altogether in favor of their own solutions, and finding ways to make up for the penalties they'll incur down the road.
By Tom Sullivan 11:30 am August 04, 2014
CMS and ONC revealed the latest statistics on July 8, showing that 1 percent of eligible providers and 3 percent of eligible hospitals have attested to Stage 2 to date.
By Bernie Monegain 11:28 am August 04, 2014
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and IT leaders, has urged CMS and ONC to make some changes -- and add some flexibility -- to Stage 2 meaningful use.
By Tom Sullivan 11:14 am August 04, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' reveled the ostensibly shockingly low percentage of hospitals and eligible providers to attest to Stage 2 thus far and, in so doing, insisted that it's "early" and "dangerous" to draw conclusions.
By Mike Miliard 09:48 am August 04, 2014
About this time last year, we ran an article in these pages titled, "Stage 2 changes may be rude awakening." In it, one hospital IT honcho made the point that, with attestation for meaningful use still off in the distance, most providers were blissfully ignorant of just how difficult the process would be.
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By Anthony Brino 10:38 am July 22, 2014
Hospitals participating in Independence Blue Cross' accountable care contracts are reducing costs, improving care and earning incentives, according to the Philadelphia-based insurer.
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By Bernie Monegain 10:14 am July 22, 2014
Seven health IT startups have landed a spot in the 2014 New York Health Accelerator. The accelerator, a program run by the New York eHealth Collaborative and the Partnership Fund for New York City, selects growth-stage digital health companies developing cutting-edge technology products for healthcare providers and patients.
Athenahealth Vice President Josh Gray leads athenaResearch.
By Bernie Monegain 10:31 am July 16, 2014
There has been no increase in new patient visits since the Affordable Care Act took effect. This, according to ACAView, a report from cloud-based EHR company athenahealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, released today, is the first of quarterly reports to come gauging the various metrics associated with healthcare reform.

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