Healthcare IT experts are split on the promise of a new recommendation that the industry go boldly where the rest of the world has already gone before by modeling its architecture for health information exchange on the structure of the Internet.
President Barack Obama's January 2009 pledge to “computerize the nation's health records in five years” largely has come to fruition. As we look to the future, it is critically important to continue striving to realize a larger vision for health information technology.
In June, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members’ most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we’ll tackle No. 8 on that list: participating in the CMS’...
Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.
The American Medical Association and several other large healthcare organizations are lobbing more complaints at HHS over its incentive program for electronic health records.
Healthcare information-sharing is largely stuck in neutral, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report on electronic health-record adoption, released Thursday.
Interoperability of health information systems is a centerpiece of Stage 2 of the federal meaningful-use incentive program for electronic health records—a phase that began a full year ago for some hospitals—but as the thousands of providers struggling to make the jump from Stage 1 are...
The CMS on Tuesday reopened its hardship exemption application for providers and hospitals, allowing applicants who claim they have certain unavoidable hardships to avoid financial penalties stemming from not complying with the agency's meaningful-use requirements for electronic health records.
If digital cloud technology proponents have their way, the field of radiology will be transformed, with major changes in who does the work of reading images, and where and how it's done.
Roughly 44,000 providers applied for hardship exceptions from the meaningful use program this year in hopes of avoiding a Medicare penalty next year, the CMS said Sept. 29.
Two members of Congress and the Medical Group Management Association are calling on the CMS to address a programming problem that threatens to saddle some physicians and other eligible professionals with Medicare payment penalties in 2015.
Through no fault of their own, a subset of physicians and other health professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program may get hit with Medicare penalties next year.