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CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS announced Thursday that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period to 90 days in 2015, something providers and others have been requesting.

AMA-led group asks feds to redo EHR testing program

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2015

The American Medical Association is calling for an overhaul of a federal program to test and certify electronic health-record systems for suitability in the EHR incentive-payment program. Its request has been joined by 34 other medical specialty societies and healthcare professional organizations.

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...

Athena deal targets small-hospital EHR market

By Joseph Conn  |  January 17, 2015

Athenahealth's planned purchase of RazorInsights could put new marketing muscle behind a Web-based EHR business model for the small-hospital sector.

Athenahealth could shake up the small-hospital EHR market

Athenahealth could shake up the small-hospital EHR market

By Joseph Conn  |  January 14, 2015

Athenahealth, thanks to its planned purchase of RazorInsights, can bring a new electronic health-record business model to the small-hospital segment just as that sector is searching for alternatives to current vendor offerings, say health IT market watchers.

Emory CEO Fox leaving to head Beaumont Health

Emory CEO Fox leaving to head Beaumont Health

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 10, 2015

John Fox has been named president and CEO of eight-hospital Beaumont Health, Troy, Mich. Fox, currently president and CEO of Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare, will replace Beaumont CEO Gene Michalski in March.

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.

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.

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