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.
The number of tools to track patient health data has exploded in recent years, and the race to access that information is heating up.
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.
The Texas Medical Association wants Congress to intervene and make changes to the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program it's calling "meaninglessl abuse."
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.
Only three electronic health-record systems got perfect scores for usability—two made by Allscripts and one by McKesson Corp.—out of 20 products rated by the American Medical Association and a group of researchers.
A new group of innovators are entering the final phase of the federal electronic health-record program as its focus shifts away from implementation and toward quality outcomes and patient-centered data exchange.
The Obama administration, under pressure to ease its mandates for the use of electronic health records, issued regulations for the current and final stages of its incentive program for the technology. But officials also acknowledged the new rules are almost guaranteed to be revised.
Consumers may be controlling more of their healthcare dollars, but people in digital health know who keeps their industry afloat: doctors, hospitals and insurers. Providers and payers are still at the center of healthcare's money flow, say investors at the Health 2.0 conference in Silicon Valley.
The new federal health IT plan focuses less on the implementation of IT systems and more on patients and their healthcare. “As an administration, we're putting the person at the center of their own health data," ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo said.
Healthcare groups support plans to delay Stage 3 of the meaningful-use rules because they need to be harmonized with the recently passed Medicare physician payment reforms.
Participation by office-based physicians in the electronic health-record incentive payment program waned significantly in 2014, the program's fourth year, as clinicians faced system upgrades and tougher requirements.