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Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University's Massey Cancer Center have developed what VCU officials say is the first and only tool that can accurately measure cancer health literacy.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released early 2014 attestation data showing that eligible hospitals and professionals are getting mixed results when it comes to meeting meaningful use Stage 2 core measures.
With 328 days left until the ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 1, 2015, now is the time to get ready for the code switchover, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
With Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress in January, some health information technology legislation that has languished might get resurrected in 2015, and efforts to challenge the statutory authority of federal agencies to regulate HIT also may be renewed.
Medical device makers are among companies with the biggest potential for stock gains after the Republicans prevailed in midterm U.S. elections.
As healthcare organizations start the countdown to the October 2015 ICD-10 compliance deadline, a majority in a recent survey say they are far enough along in the implementation process to conduct end-to-end testing. However, smaller organizationssuch as physician practicesappear less equipped to test. In addition, they are not aware of when their business partners will be prepared to conduct testing.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., will continue to work on high-level policy issues at ONC despite being named Acting Assistant Secretary for Health to help with the Obama administrations Ebola response effort.
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations intended to better coordinate care between CVS pharmacies and MinuteClinic walk-in facilities and three regional health systems.
Continued low numbers of eligible hospitals and professionals who have attested to Stage 2 meaningful use has prompted renewed calls from healthcare industry groups for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to shorten the reporting period in 2015 and provide more program flexibility.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has named Anjum Khurshid to the HIT Policy Committee that advises federal officials on health information technology issues, and has reappointed three members of the complementary HIT Standards Committee.
As the healthcare industry moves away from a fee-for-service system, a health IT infrastructure needs to be put in place to support the more complex business and clinical processes required for accountable care models. However, interoperability and other technology challenges continue to dog providers as they transition to a value-based payment environment.
A final rule on Medicare physician payments in 2015 emphasizes improved chronic care management (CCM) and the supporting role of electronic health records, and loosens certification criteria a little more.
Medical homes require big IT, cultural changes.
"I want to see the doctor." Decades ago that meant someone wanted, urgently, to get medical treatment. Now it means something else entirely.
Patient estimation IT is giving a clearer cost picture.