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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.

Meaningful-use hardship exemption deadline extended

By Joseph Conn  |  February 26, 2016

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.

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.

CMS makes opting out of meaningful use easier

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 23, 2016

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.

CMS makes it easier to opt out of EHR requirements

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 22, 2016

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.

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