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Bill aims to free ASC docs from some meaningful-use rules

By Joseph Conn  |  June 24, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee began marking up a bipartisan bill meant to adjust meaningful-use requirements for physicians using ambulatory surgery centers. The legislation would protect providers from possible Medicare reimbursement penalties by excluding ASC patient visits from counting toward...

Keep meaningful-use requirements, IT experts tell Senate panel

By Joseph Conn  |  June 16, 2015

Three health IT experts told members of a Senate committee Tuesday to stay the course on the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program and its increasingly tough meaningful-use requirements, arguing that the program's benefits outweigh its problems.

Practice Makes Perfect: Embrace the new era of online patient technologies

Practice Makes Perfect: Embrace the new era of online patient technologies

By Derek Kosiorek  |  May 13, 2015

It's no secret that technology is changing how medical practices work. EHRs have already altered workflows, from the waiting room through discharge. But technology is also changing how patients interact with the practice, even influencing patients' decisions on which providers to use.

Time to clean up our data act

Time to clean up our data act

By Bruce Johnson  |  April 29, 2015

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.

Video: ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo on setting health data free

Video: ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo on setting health data free

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 15, 2015

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, says it's time to take the data created by the sweeping adoption of electronic health records and set it free. Her office is under pressure to make that happen.

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