CMS extends meaningful-use deadline, this time for providers

By Darius Tahir  |  February 25, 2015

The CMS, in another show of flexibility on the meaningful-use program, extended the attestation deadline until March 20. That gives eligible providers more time to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements set forth by the EHR incentive program and so avoid penalties.

Federal health IT payments top $28 billion after December surge

By Joseph Conn  |  February 13, 2015

Federal dollars flowing to hospitals, physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals under the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program have topped $28.1 billion, the latest CMS data show.

AMA partners with incubator to build better health IT systems

By Joseph Conn  |  February 06, 2015

The American Medical Association, a sharp critic of federal efforts to promote electronic health records, is taking its own path to stimulate health IT improvements and partnering with an incubator “to drive innovation,” according to an AMA statement this week.

Athenahealth continues expansion drive, buys hospital EHR system

By Joseph Conn  |  February 03, 2015

Athenahealth has taken a second step toward transforming itself into a vendor of both inpatient and ambulatory care electronic health-record systems. The cloud-based IT vendor is buying the enterprise EHR system developed by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo on interoperability roadmap

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo on interoperability roadmap

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, makes the case for the ONC's national interoperability roadmap, released Jan. 30. She explains the plan's call for a nationally standardized "common clinical data set" and the federal role...

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 31, 2015

Federal health information technology policymakers will turn up the pressure this year on healthcare providers, electronic health-record systems developers and health information- exchange operators to connect their computer systems and share patient data across the nation.

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

By Robert Slepin  |  January 23, 2015

Merger-and-acquisition deals among healthcare providers continue unabated. Assuming bigger means better, health systems are merging, acquiring or affiliating with other hospitals and medical groups, forming larger integrated delivery networks. To maximize value and minimize risk from these...

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