HDM Top Stories

Final Meaningful Use Rule Won’t Make Providers Happy

The federal government at the start of the Labor Day weekend finalized a rule to add flexibility to attesting for Medicare and Medicaid Stages 1 and 2 of meaningful use during 2014. But for many providers, the relief is too little too late.

CMS Announces Three Weeks of ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced three separate weeks of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing to allow providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses the opportunity to determine whether CMS will be able to accept their claims with the new codes.

CMS Open Payments System Broken Again

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Aug. 28 that it will once again shut down the Open Payments System, a new database disclosing financial relationships between physicians and drug and device manufacturers. The system will be offline for periods of time on August 30 and September 5.

AHRQ Solicits Information from Public on HIE Studies

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking scientific information submissions from the public on health information exchange.

New CAHPS Survey on Hospice in the Works

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is readying a new Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, known as CAHPS, with a survey focusing on hospice care.

HIT Vendor Roundup: Surescripts, NextGen, 3M and NexGenic

New leadership and products highlight recent news from health information technology vendors.

NIH Releases Final Genomic Data Sharing Policy

The National Institutes of Health has released a final genomic data sharing policy that promotes sharing of large-scale human and non-human genomic data generated from NIH-funded research.

New CMS Guidance on Stage 2 Measures

How does a physician treating many patients without broadband access meet patient engagement measures under the electronic health records meaningful use program? CMS has issued three new frequently asked questions on meaningful use including the issue of low bandwidth accessibility.

EHRs, Immunization Information Systems Helping to Track Vaccinations

Immunization information systems, or registries, have been around for more than 20 years but they are now focused on interoperability with electronic health records, creating a comprehensive immunization database to better track vaccinations.

IBM Watson Takes Computing Capabilities to Next Level

Having learned the nuances of human language, improving its ability to search for and use data to support new procedures such as personalized oncology treatments, a new version of the IBM Watson supercomputer is taking its computing capabilities to the next level.

Health Services Mergers, Acquisitions Rise 43% in First Half 2014

The total value of U.S. health services mergers and acquisitions rose 43 percent from $17.2 billion in the first half of 2013 to $24.6 billion in the first half of 2014, according to a just-released analysis of M&A activity in the healthcare sector from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

High Number of Docs Looking to Swap EHRs

Interviews with more than 400 large and small physician practices finds a quarter of the practices are looking to replace their electronic health records system. And, some big companies are on the hit list.

Defense Department Issues RFP for Electronic Health Records

The Department of Defense on August 25 issued a formal request for proposal for a new electronic health records infrastructure, valuing the project at up to $11 billion.

EHR Alerts Cut Down on Urinary Tract Infections

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found that targeted, automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters.

States Give Parents Access to Immunization Records

As part of the Blue Button initiative, several states are currently involved in a pilot program that allows parents to gain direct online access to their children’s immunization records.

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