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...
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.
Health information technology experts Wednesday told a U.S. Senate health committee that they need to use persuasion rather than legislation to fix problems with the multibillion-dollar federal health IT program.
The American Medical Association's new president, Dr. Steven Stack, addresses how the AMA would respond if the Obama administration loses at the Supreme Court this month and explains why the AMA says the government should put the brakes on its EHR requirements and the conversion to ICD-10 coding.
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.
A federal advisory group has recommended a change in a controversial requirement that holds providers accountable for patients seeing, copying and sharing their electronic health records.
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.
The CMS wants to tweak Medicare's hospital quality- and safety-reporting requirements as part of its 2016 inpatient rate proposal.
The CMS paid out more than $380 million in incentive payments through its physician quality-reporting system and electronic-prescribing incentive programs, but more than 400,000 providers accepted pay cuts rather than participate.
It's easy to find condemnations of the lack of electronic data-sharing between providers these days. And yet, according to IT vendors, data-sharing is on the upswing.
The CMS floated a slate of tweaks to Medicare's quality- and safety-reporting requirements in its sweeping proposed rule for 2016 inpatient hospital rates.
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.