Though health information exchanges are supposed to improve the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care, there is little evidence of these benefits in existing HIE studies.
Data from 15,000 physicians' records indicates that doctors' offices are not being overwhelmed by new patients receiving insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  more »
Giving hospitalized patients access to their electronic health records during hospitalization increases provider workloads, but not as much as anticipated.  more »

Certain objectives and measures that could be reported via paper-based methods in Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program are phased out in the proposed Stage 3 rule released for review on March 20.

Nearly 75 percent of American adults surveyed believe it is very important that their critical health information should be easily shared between physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, according to a survey released by the Society of Participatory Medicine and conducted by ORC International.

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 expects to vote on a Medicare physician reimbursement arrangement that would replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The bi-partisan bill being pushed by top leaders currently has no language that could lead to a further delay in the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. However, there is no guarantee that will hold.

A lack of interoperability among electronic health records systems is hindering the ability of registries—large databases that collect information on groups of patients treated for a particular medical condition—to extract clinical and outcomes data from EHRs for the medical device approval process.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has awarded $8.7 million to VillageCare to help HIV/AIDS patients by providing a multi-layered and tailored intervention aimed at improving their medication adherence via a mobile medication planner.

Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program significantly raises the bar for providers to improve the flow of information when patients’ care is transitioned to a different setting or patients are referred to other clinicians.

Eight months ago, Intermountain Healthcare was facing the task of making more than 200 interfaces to support its migration from a homegrown electronic health record to the Millennium EHR suite from Cerner, which began with signing a contract in 2013.

Seeking to accelerate health information technology interoperability among providers not eligible for the electronic health records meaningful use program is the focus of a newly proposed rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT must develop a comprehensive plan to address fraud vulnerabilities in electronic health records, argues the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General.

As part of its new Next Generation Accountable Care Organization model of payment and care delivery, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are allowing ACOs to use telehealth services, thereby extending coverage for telemedicine services to millions of Medicare beneficiaries.

A public-private partnership in Louisville, Ky., has launched AIR Louisville, a data-driven collaboration among public, private, and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology to improve asthma.

As with other stages of the electronic health records meaningful use program, the initial iteration of Stage 3 that was published as a proposed rule on March 20 includes an objective to protect electronic protected health information.

UCLA researchers have described cost across an entire care process for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) using a novel strategy developed by Harvard Business School healthcare economists called time-driven activity-based costing.

With all the talk these days about healthcare harnessing the power of big data, the industry is just starting to take advantage of the tsunami of data being generated by a myriad of sources, according to Victor Dzau, M.D., president of the Institute of Medicine.
A recent guide from the Coalition for ICD-10 walks physician practices through the basics of converting to the new code set, explains why nearly 70,000 new codes aren’t so scary, and gives seven reasons why the cost of conversion doesn’t have to be high.  read more 
After two enrollment seasons under the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, the easily accessible and amenable are signed up for health care. With year three starting this fall, the task will be tougher to target the remaining uninsured, who are harder to reach. Who better to drive the message home, Washington state thinks, than brokers?  read more 
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