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First wave of Stage 3-ready EHR products are tested, certified

By Joseph Conn  |  June 24, 2016

Healthcare providers looking to upgrade to the latest government-approved electronic health record systems got a signal this week that the products are in the pipeline, though they may be six or more months away from reaching the market.

Docs face stark choices under new Medicare pay proposal

Docs face stark choices under new Medicare pay proposal

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 30, 2016

The new draft regulations designed to change how Medicare pays clinicians represent the most sweeping overhaul the CMS has made in a long time to the business of running a physician practice.

How Medicare's new payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 30, 2016

Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether providers deserved to be rewarded for using electronic health records.

How Medicare's payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech

How Medicare's payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 29, 2016

Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime for measuring EHR use. The CMS promises a more flexible approach that focuses on making relevant information accessible to clinicians and patients.

HIMSS' interoperability: another year, another promise

HIMSS' interoperability: another year, another promise

By Joseph Conn  |  March 05, 2016

Obama administration officials kicked off HIMSS16 with a pledge from major industry players to promote patients' access to their own EHRs, eschew data-blocking and use federal standards to promote interoperability. But will it matter any more than previous promises?

Drug costs, doc payments on AHIP conference agenda

By Shannon Muchmore  |  March 05, 2016

Implementing physician payment reform, dealing with changes in drug prices and adapting to alternative payment models will be on the agenda next week when America's Health Insurance Plans hosts its annual health policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Cybersecurity rising as health IT concern

By Joseph Conn  |  February 27, 2016

Fresh off the worst year in history for healthcare data breaches, many healthcare organizations will be putting more resources into protecting their data, according to Modern Healthcare's 26th annual Survey of Executive Opinions on Key Information Technology Issues.

Health IT provides tools to drive change, improve care

Health IT provides tools to drive change, improve care

By H. Stephen Lieber  |  February 27, 2016

From my perspective, health information technology today serves as a primary catalyst and strategic asset for change benefiting patients, especially in three vital areas—payment reform, technology interoperability and telehealth.

CMS extends deadline to apply for EHR hardship exemptions

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 27, 2016

The CMS has extended the deadline for hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals to file applications for so-called hardship exemptions from the meaningful use requirements of the electronic health record incentive payment program.

Penalty fears help drive EHR investment

By Michael Sandler  |  February 27, 2016

Free money for providers that adopt electronic health records is drying up. But investment to achieve meaningful use—in part to avoid penalties—goes on.

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.

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