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Allscripts users hear financial, population health pep talks
By Joseph Conn | August 13, 2014
Allscripts CEO Paul Black, speaking Wednesday at the company's annual user conference, pivoted between assuring clients of the company's fiscal health and highlighting its focus on providers' needs for products geared toward population health management.
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Allscripts posts higher revenue, smaller loss in Q2
By Joseph Conn | August 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Executives from electronic health-record systems developer Allscripts Healthcare Solutions head into their annual users' group meeting next week with mixed financial news. The Chicago-based company reported a second-quarter loss, but a smaller one than for the same period last year—and...
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Hospitals' EHR progress is tale of some progress, some inertia: study
By Darius Tahir | August 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
American hospitals fall into three groups in their adoption of electronic health records, according to a study in Health Affairs released Thursday. A small set of high achievers represents 5.8% of hospitals. These can meet the second-stage standards set forth by the federal government. A larger...
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Stage 2 attestations inch upward, latest CMS data indicate
By Joseph Conn | August 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals are inching closer to upgrading their electronic health-record systems, but significant progress remains limited to a small handful of providers, the latest CMS data show.
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Hospitals lead docs, patients in health information exchange
By Joseph Conn | August 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When it comes to the electronic exchange of health information, hospitals are far ahead of office-based physicians, who are well ahead of their patients, according to multiple surveys presented by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
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DeSalvo says providers, hospitals on track for EHR Stage 2
By Darius Tahir | August 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Karen DeSalvo, looking beyond current data, said she's confident hospitals and providers are on track to meet current deadlines to attest to being ready for the second stage of the electronic health-record incentive program.
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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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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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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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