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Using data to create custom care plans

Using data to create custom care plans

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 06, 2016

Managing large patient populations within value-based reimbursement models is placing new demands on clinical support staff to improve patient care coordination. Case managers, social workers and pharmacists today share responsibility with primary-care providers for making sure care is well-managed.

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2016

Ensuring providers accurately match electronic health records with the right patient has emerged as a hot-button issue for the health information technology industry as its provider customers come under increasing pressure to freely share records with other providers.

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.

Senate committee ideas on improving IT sound familiar

By Joseph Conn  |  January 21, 2016

A Senate committee's ideas on boosting the interoperability of electronic health-record systems and increasing their usability harken back to a 2004 plan authored by the father of the modern health IT movement.

Are we ready to support docs' journey to value-based care?

Are we ready to support docs' journey to value-based care?

By Dr. Wanda Filer and Dr. Roy Beveridge  |  January 09, 2016

In 2014, the U.S. spent more than $3 trillion on healthcare. The time to adopt a patient-centered, value-based system and break free from the broken fee-for-service model is now.

HIPAA rule change part of move to fight gun violence

HIPAA rule change part of move to fight gun violence

By Joseph Conn  |  January 06, 2016

Only a few healthcare organizations report to the federal database that conducts background searches on people who want to buy guns, but those groups will get a little more latitude through a new HHS rule that's part of a White House package aimed at combating gun violence.

Ohio patients, providers get accurate health records at their fingertips

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  January 04, 2016

Some Ohio hospitals are using biometric technology such as fingerprint scanners to reduce medical errors, prevent medical identity fraud and misidentification, and give patients easier, more secure access to health records.

New EHR law offers providers and CMS some flexibility

By Joseph Conn  |  January 04, 2016

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.

Providers press for delay, flexibility in EHR rule

By Joseph Conn  |  December 16, 2015

Several groups, including the American College of Cardiology, asked CMS rulemakers to scrap the EHR incentive program's full-year reporting periods for meaningful-use metrics, replacing them with 90-day periods. They also asked the agency to end the program's pass-fail requirement.

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