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Speculation runs rampant on HHS picks

By Harris Meyer  |  November 12, 2016

It was still a mystery at deadline who President-elect Donald Trump might pick to run HHS and its agencies. Sources told Modern Healthcare that Andrew Bremberg, an adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, would lead the transition team on healthcare policy.

Commentary: Why can't our EHRs be more like smartphones?

Commentary: Why can't our EHRs be more like smartphones?

By Dr. Mark Jarrett and Dr. Michelle Schreiber  |  November 07, 2016

With decades of work and billions of dollars of public and private investment, electronic health records have become ubiquitous. Yet providers and patients are extremely frustrated with what they perceive as the deleterious effects of the EHR on patient care and provider satisfaction.

Why automating data entry can counter physician burnout

Why automating data entry can counter physician burnout

By Meeri Kim  |  November 05, 2016

The adoption of EHRs—originally touted as time-saving, streamlined methods to manage and share data—has levied an unintended tax on physicians' time. Can computers also be harnessed to help solve the problem?

Athenahealth, Allscripts websites affected by internet outage

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 22, 2016

The websites of EHR software providers Athenahealth and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions were down for some parts of the country Friday after hackers launched an attack against the servers of Dyn, a major Domain Name System host.

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

By Shannon Muchmore , Shelby Livingston and Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2016

Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final CMS rule for implementing MACRA. The CMS will also broaden the opportunities for physicians to join alternative models that carry bigger rate increases and bonuses.

ONC finalizes rule giving more oversight of EHRs

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2016

In a final rule released last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will have more oversight of electronic health records and other technologies that store, share and analyze patient information. The rule also gives the ONC the authority to ask developers to...

ONC finalizes rule giving it more oversight of EHRs

ONC finalizes rule giving it more oversight of EHRs

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 14, 2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has finalized a rule giving it more oversight over certifying EHRs and other technologies that store, share and analyze health information for consumers. It also gained the authority to ask developers to pull noncompliant products from the market.

Best Practices: Treating dental care as healthcare

Best Practices: Treating dental care as healthcare

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  October 08, 2016

For the most part, the U.S. healthcare system treats oral health and medical health as separate areas of care, but some providers are going against the grain and seeing profound benefits for patients.

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