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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The CMS has extended the deadline for hospitals, critical-access 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.
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.
The CMS has made it easier for providers to opt out of meaningful use requirements in the federal electronic health record program. In December, a new federal law authorized the CMS to batch process hardship applications by categories instead of the case-by-case method previously used.
The CMS is making it easier for providers to opt out of meaningful-use requirements of electronic health records amid a series of proposed changes to the 6-year-old $31.8 billion EHR incentive payment program.
The professional association of hospital CIOs is offering $1 million for a universal patient identifier method that could enable providers and health information exchanges to automate the record matching system and ensure 100% accuracy.
Computer Programs and Systems Inc., a developer of electronic health records and other health information technology systems, has completed its acquisition of Minneapolis-based Healthland Holding, one of CPSI's main rivals in the rural and community hospital EHR market where CPSI has influence.
A bill signed into law last month gave the CMS, hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals more flexibility in filing and processing exemptions from the meaningful-use requirements of the federal EHR incentive payment program.