IT headaches await next CMS administrator

IT headaches await next CMS administrator

By Joseph Conn  |  January 16, 2015

The legacy of outgoing CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will be inextricably intertwined with the complex pursuits of nudging the healthcare industry toward more and better use of information technology and switching to ICD-10 procedure and diagnostic codes.

Electronic records access expensive—for patients

By Darius Tahir  |  January 08, 2015

Advocates of converting to electronic records hope they will democratize patient access to their own data, but the responses in a recent AHIMA survey appear to throw cold water on that expectation.

EHR Stage 3 proposals go to OMB, hint at changes

By Darius Tahir  |  January 07, 2015

Proposed rules for Stage 3 of the meaningful-use program, scheduled to begin in 2017, and rules concerning 2015-certified electronic health-record products, are a step closer to approval.

Outlook 2015: Health IT

Outlook 2015: Health IT

By Joseph Conn  |  January 03, 2015

Health IT developers and users in 2015 will need to crack the code on APIs, FHIR, DS4P, 42 CFR Part 2, ICD-10 and Stage 2 MU—shorthand for the key technology challenges looming in the year ahead.

Providers balk as CMS announces penalties for 2013 EHR issues

By Joseph Conn  |  December 18, 2014

A CMS announcement that many doctors will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

VA study shows problems with health record usage, points to some positives

By Darius Tahir  |  December 15, 2014

The use of personal health records by veterans remains low, paralleling the experience of the private healthcare sector. Only 30% of veterans had registered for the VA's patient portal and only 17% had authenticated their identity, giving them access to their health data and other functions as of...

Private-sector leaders craft health IT interoperability fix

By Darius Tahir  |  November 14, 2014

As pressure mounts for the federal government to compel healthcare vendors and providers to ease the flow of data across various programs and technologies, a group of private-sector leaders has developed its own interoperability road map with its own standards and incentives.

 $9.7 million award confirmed against Allscripts

$9.7 million award confirmed against Allscripts

By Joseph Conn  |  November 07, 2014

A North Carolina judge has confirmed an arbitration award of more than $9.7 million to Etransmedia Technology, a health IT services provider and a former value-added reseller of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions' MyWay health IT systems. The decision caps a 19-month legal battle.

CHIME Time: Building a better health-data highway

CHIME Time: Building a better health-data highway

By Charles Christian  |  November 04, 2014

We are at the end of the last reporting period for Stage 2 of meaningful use for hospitals and the beginning of the last reporting period for physician practices. However, it appears that the post-acute care industry has been stuck with the task of figuring out what to do with the data and...

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