As the rate of EHR adoption by hospitals increases, so does an unpleasant side effect: lost revenue because of disruptions related to system conversions. Avoiding these shortfalls and expediting a smooth transition during an electronic health record system deployment is a major challenge for hospital CFOs and financial officers.
Given that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not finalized a rule to ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program, the American Medical Association is seeking an automatic hardship exemption for physicians who will not have the opportunity to successfully attest this year.
New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of September 28.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a draft of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory for public comment. However, industry observers contend that several standards and specifications in the draft advisory are not widely deployed in the healthcare industry and are unproven.
Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) continues to threaten to use legislative powers to delay the release of the final rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use electronic health records program until January 1, 2017.
As incentives change in healthcare, providers need a far more accurate accounting of the costs of items, both large and small, to better manage declining reimbursements. Several startup companies are rising to meet these challenges for tracking elusive costs figures in healthcare.
The federal governments Meaningful Use program is hindering, not helping, private sector efforts aimed at enabling nationwide electronic health record interoperability.
Two Senate committee chairmen are joining 116 members of the House of Representatives in urging Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to delay rulemaking for the final stage of the Meaningful Use program. The Senators are urging HHS to pause the process of finalizing the Stage 3 rules until Jan. 1, 2017.
Health information management professionals increasingly are centralizing medical records processing, coding, and clinical documentation functions, among others, across the health system enterprise.
Seeking to delay the final rule of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program, some 116 members of Congress are asking the heads of the Office of the Management and Budget and the Department of Health and Human Services to hold off on the release of the rule.
With last weeks highly publicized Institute of Medicine report shining a light on electronic health records and the widespread problem of diagnostic errors, industry observers are hoping that Congress will reconsider funding a Health IT Safety Center that lawmakers have heretofore opposed.
The clinician called a prospective customer who was applying for health insurance to pose a very direct question: Why had she left the names of several medications she was taking off the application she submitted to Aetna? The clinician rattled off the names of the drugs, the dates they were prescribed, and the doctors who had prescribed them.
New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of September 21.
Physician-owned, multispecialty practices reported a nearly 12 percent increase in total operating costs associated with technology in 2014 compared to 2013, according to a new survey conducted by the Medical Group Management Association.
In announcing the release this week of the final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., said ONC is looking to better support behavioral health providers not eligible under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.