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ONC fail: EHR 'data blocking' still rampant

By Joseph Conn  |  April 17, 2015

More than five years after Congress mandated HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish a “governance mechanism” for seamless health information exchange, the agency earlier this month confirmed that widespread “data blocking” still existed, largely...

Interoperability—A dream deferred

Interoperability—A dream deferred

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 17, 2015

Most Americans who receive care at more than one location still don't have their “complete” record in front of their attending physician. Heck, most providers can't or won't even send their patients' electronic records across town, much less to a neighboring state or across the country.

Northwestern Memorial earnings climb after Cadence merger

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 17, 2015

Six months after its merger with Cadence Health, Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is reporting improved second-quarter operating earnings, though its total surplus declined.

Practice Makes Perfect: Improve outcomes by engaging patients using AIDET

Practice Makes Perfect: Improve outcomes by engaging patients using AIDET

By Robert Neuman  |  April 17, 2015

In June 2014, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we'll tackle No. 12 on that list: Engaging patients to improve outcomes.

Tavenner to join LifePoint board

Tavenner to join LifePoint board

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 17, 2015

Former CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has been tapped to join LifePoint Hospitals' board of directors, the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company announced Friday.

Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs

By Associated Press  |  April 17, 2015

In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

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