HDM Top Stories

Stage 3 Proposals are Not Yet Feasible, AHA Says

The American Hospital Association has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to finalize the proposed Stage 3 electronic health records meaningful use rule. Rather, the association hopes CMS will focus on Stage 2 MU and accelerate the availability of mature standards and the infrastructure needed for health information exchange.

HHS Wants More Input on National Health Plan Identifier

The federal government continues to struggle with implementation of a national health plan identifier, first mandated under HIPAA in 1996 and again in the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Medicaid May Help Ancillary Providers Adopt EHRs

A proposed rule to modernize Medicaid managed care regulations—last updated in 2003—includes giving incentives for providers not covered under the electronic health records meaningful use program to adopt EHRs and health information exchange.

New Accreditation Program Targets Data Registries

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, is developing an accreditation program for data registries with an anticipated January 2016 launch date.

Healthcare Payments Landscape Continues to Be Messy

One-third of health insurers did not meet the January 2014 mandate to support electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice transactions. And, about one-fifth of consumers have unpaid healthcare bills because of a confusing payment process.

Stage 3 MU Rule Goes Too Far, CHIME Says

In scathing formal comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives called the proposed Stage 3 electronic health records meaningful use rule from CMS “unworkable” and “too ambitious.”

ICD-10 Diagnoses Codes Seen Wreaking Havoc with Hospitals, EDs

The October 1 deadline to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 poses special challenges for emergency departments in terms of how medical diagnoses are coded. According to new research, about a quarter of all ER clinical encounters could experience difficulties after the code switchover this fall.

CMS Chief Data Officer Niall Brennan to Keynote HDM Analytics Symposium

Niall Brennan, CMS’ Chief Data Officer and the Director of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA), will give a keynote address at HDM’s 4th annual Healthcare Analytics Symposium, July 13-15 in Chicago.

mHealth Market to Grow 33% Annually Over 5 Years

The global mobile health market, valued at $10.5 billion in 2014, is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 33.5 percent between 2015 and 2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research.

EHRs Improve Support for Analytics, Research Shows

A large number of provider organizations conducting data analytics are doing so via their electronic health records systems and finding a moderate level of satisfaction with analytics and reporting tools in their EHRs. In fact, use of EHRs or best-of-breed analytics software get the same rating—6 on a 10-point scale—according to analyses and survey results from HIMSS Analytics.

Federal Workgroup Critical of EHR Decertification

Data blocking and decertification of electronic health records continue to be a hot topic of debate in federal policy circles. Some see decertification of EHR products that block data sharing as a lever for promoting interoperability of health information technology industry-wide. Others worry of unintended consequences.

HHS Grants to Advance Heart Health with EHR Support

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $112 million to regional cooperatives to help 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states advance heart health through electronic health records support, among other methods.

Cooperation Speeds Access to Data for Analytics

The impact of operational issues on the launch and expansion of data analytics initiatives will be the focus of a track of sessions to be offered during Health Data Management’s upcoming Healthcare Analytics Symposium.

Duke Uses Records Data, Analytics for Personalized Care

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) is embarking on new initiatives that use past records from patient encounters to develop personalized care models for patients.

Vanderbilt Doubling Down on Portal Promotion

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation's most progressive healthcare institutions in its use of information technology in clinical care and research, is in the midst of a drive to encourage increased patient portal enrollment.

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