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Healthcare groups, lawmakers push Medicare to promote advance directives

Healthcare groups, lawmakers push Medicare to promote advance directives

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  September 13, 2017

Although the CMS reimburses clinicians for advance care planning during Medicare patients' yearly wellness visits, the agency has yet to encourage patients to create their advance directives. Lawmakers and healthcare organizations hope that will change.

Hospitals take in patients evacuated from hurricane zones

Hospitals take in patients evacuated from hurricane zones

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  September 08, 2017

Hospitals evacuating patients from areas projected to be hit by Hurricane Irma are only one part of the puzzle. Other hospitals must take those patients in and have all of their patient records to properly care for them.

Rural hospitals struggle to adopt advanced EHR functions

Rural hospitals struggle to adopt advanced EHR functions

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 25, 2017

If the rate of electronic health record adoption continues at its current pace, all hospitals in the country should have EHRs in the next four years. But when it comes to advanced EHR functions, the picture isn't so rosy.

Healthcare organizations ask CMS to harmonize EHR requirements

Healthcare organizations ask CMS to harmonize EHR requirements

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 22, 2017

In comments on a proposed MACRA rule, healthcare organizations said they were happy that the CMS eased EHR requirements for the 2018 performance year, but they still want greater flexibility in which EHRs they could use.

NantHealth cuts workforce by 300

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 11, 2017

After losing $70 million in the second quarter of 2017, NantHealth is now laying off about a third of its employees.

Hospitals get break on certified EHR use

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 03, 2017

The change to certified EHR technology requirements mirrors the change for physicians in the Quality Payment Program proposed rule issued in June, which would also allow providers to continue using 2014 certified EHR technology for another year.

HHS seeks applications for new health IT committee

HHS seeks applications for new health IT committee

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  July 28, 2017

Would-be members of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee have just a few days to get their applications in to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, as the Aug. 4 deadline approaches.

Cerner sees record level of bookings in Q2

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  July 28, 2017

Riding high second-quarter earnings, the EHR vendor's president said he was skeptical about whether newcomers to the EHR market would be able to break through.

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