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.
Chicago-based health information technology developer Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has named Melinda Whittington, the former controller at food giant Kraft Heinz Co., its CFO.
In 2009, Dr. Edward Callahan was overseeing a task force at the University of California at Davis that was tackling the issue of integrating sexual orientation and gender identity information into electronic health records.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regarding Modern Healthcare's Year in Review coverage “High drug prices emerge as 2015's top issue,” rapidly rising drug prices is one of the most pressing issues facing consumers, physicians and hospitals.
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.