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Medication reconciliation improvements needed: report
By Joseph Conn | July 29, 2014
Medication reconciliation, a standard operating procedure at hospitals, remains a process in need of work, according to a report based on a study of 19 hospitals released by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.
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Vital Signs
AMA, MGMA ask for a more flexible meaningful-use rule
By Joseph Conn | July 22, 2014
The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association have called on the CMS and HHS rule writers to add even more flexibility to the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program for Stage 2 and beyond.
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Federal health IT policy committee work groups consolidate
By Joseph Conn | July 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Most of the 15 subcommittees, work groups and ad hoc task forces of the federally chartered Health Information Technology Policy Committee will be reorganized into six permanent work groups, ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo announced this week.
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Vital Signs
No upcoding caused by EHRs – yet, study finds
By Darius Tahir | July 08, 2014
For every technology, there's a downside—and for EHRs, one of the buzzed-about downsides was the supposed ease of upcoding: the practice of selecting the most remunerative code for a particular procedure.
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Stage 2 meaningful use near 1,000 for eligible professionals, but hospitals lag badly
By Joseph Conn | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nearly 1,000 physicians and other eligible professionals have attested this year to meeting the more stringent Stage 2 meaningful-use requirements under the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program, but only 10 hospitals have done so through the first half of their program year.
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ONC releases updates to EHR testing program
By Joseph Conn | July 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released the latest updates to its program to test and certify complete and modular electronic health-record systems for the federal EHR incentive-payment program.
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Information
Bus tour brings EHR expertise to rural Ga. physicians
By Albany (Ga.) Herald | July 03, 2014
To help rural doctors get up to speed with education and technical assistance on meaningful use of electronic health records, a two-day bus tour swept through central and eastern Georgia last week.
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Secure messaging between patients, docs grows, but speed bumps remain
By Darius Tahir | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The use of secure messages between doctors and patients is increasing, thanks in part to the meaningful-use requirements for electronic health records. But the fee-for-service model may be preventing more widespread adoption, experts contend. Another challenge is cultural. Doctors—and...
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Extend filing date for meaningful-use hardship exemption: AMA, MGMA
By Joseph Conn | June 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association and Medical Group Management Association are calling on the CMS to extend the July 1 deadline for physicians and other eligible professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program to file for hardship exemptions.
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FDA, tech leaders talk regs and innovation at health IT hearing
By Darius Tahir | June 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A Food and Drug Administration official sounded an accommodative tone to entrepreneurs in the healthcare technology space at a roundtable hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Tuesday. His message came in response to ongoing tech industry criticism of government efforts, or lack of...
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