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Health systems adapt EHRs, cultures to meet LGBT patients' needs

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 27, 2016

From gender identity checkboxes on EHR platforms to properly identifying sex to determine, for instance, what's considered a normal range for certain blood tests, hospitals and other providers are experiencing a cultural change in meeting the needs of LGBT patients.

CMS makes opting out of meaningful use easier

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 23, 2016

The CMS has made it easier for providers to opt out of meaningful use requirements in the federal electronic health record program. In December, a new federal law authorized the CMS to batch process hardship applications by categories instead of the case-by-case method previously used.

CMS makes it easier to opt out of EHR requirements

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 22, 2016

The CMS is making it easier for providers to opt out of meaningful-use requirements of electronic health records amid a series of proposed changes to the 6-year-old $31.8 billion EHR incentive payment program.

CHIME launches $1 million challenge on patient matching

By Joseph Conn  |  January 19, 2016

The professional association of hospital CIOs is offering $1 million for a universal patient identifier method that could enable providers and health information exchanges to automate the record matching system and ensure 100% accuracy.

CPSI completes Healthland acquisition

By Joseph Conn  |  January 08, 2016

Computer Programs and Systems Inc., a developer of electronic health records and other health information technology systems, has completed its acquisition of Minneapolis-based Healthland Holding, one of CPSI's main rivals in the rural and community hospital EHR market where CPSI has influence.

New EHR law offers providers and CMS some flexibility

By Joseph Conn  |  January 04, 2016

A bill signed into law last month gave the CMS, hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals more flexibility in filing and processing exemptions from the meaningful-use requirements of the federal EHR incentive payment program.

Telemedicine, data security expected to grow in 2016

By Joseph Conn  |  January 01, 2016

2016 will be a year in which telehealth service delivery increasingly becomes central to the healthcare industry. It's also likely there will be significant changes in the meaningful-use rules for EHRs and a beefing up of healthcare data security.

Providers press for delay, flexibility in EHR rule

By Joseph Conn  |  December 16, 2015

Several groups, including the American College of Cardiology, asked CMS rulemakers to scrap the EHR incentive program's full-year reporting periods for meaningful-use metrics, replacing them with 90-day periods. They also asked the agency to end the program's pass-fail requirement.

CMS' 'doc fix' may need some repairs itself

CMS' 'doc fix' may need some repairs itself

By Shannon Muchmore  |  November 21, 2015

Hospital and physician groups, facing a looming deadline on major changes to reimbursement, say the CMS needs better measures and reporting methods before it ties physician pay to quality and outcomes.

Docs ask Congress for relief from meaningful-use rules

Docs ask Congress for relief from meaningful-use rules

By Joseph Conn  |  November 07, 2015

Congress should intervene to “refocus” the federal meaningful-use program for electronic health records, says a coalition of 111 medical societies led by the American Medical Association.

Entrepreneur draws out the whimsy in health IT

Entrepreneur draws out the whimsy in health IT

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 31, 2015

Niko Skievaski, the 28-year-old Madison, Wis., entrepreneur who in late 2013 brought the public Struck by Orca, a whimsical art book based on some of the stranger new ICD-10 codes, has branched out into further health information technology oddities.

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