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Is Use of GEMs to Prepare for ICD-10 Wise?

July 24, 2014 - In preparation for ICD-10, the federal government developed GEMs, a translation tool to aid in converting data from ICD-9 to 10, and vice versa. But leaders of outsourced coding, auditing and consulting services firm HRS say the tool has limitations and its use should be carefully considered.

Subsidy Ruling Could Further Delay Employer Mandate

July 23, 2014 - Two court rulings issued this week taking opposing views on the legality of subsidies granted to individuals who enroll in the public healthcare exchanges have the potential to further delay the employer mandate, say some legal experts.

Message to Congress: Strengthen Access to Data

CVS Caremark Signs Deals with Four Provider Groups

CMS: Don’t Over-Rely on EHR Decision Support Alerts

Hits, Misses in Hospital Safety and Quality Scores

Health IT Critical to Success of ACOs, Finds Study

Kaiser Calls for Study of Patient, Doc Email Patterns

New ACO, Practice Management Accreditation Programs Launched

EHR Systems Falling Short in Improving Patient Safety

Feature Articles

Choosing the right direction

July 1, 2014 - Chief medical information officers don't practice medicine as much as they would like, but their work helps bring care quality to new levels.

My Two Cents

P4P Lessons Learned

November 30, 2008 - An EHR is essential to success.

Corporate Strategy

Using Information Technology as a Market Differentiator

May 1, 2011 - Some providers aggressively promote their I.T. capabilities, while others take a more subtle approach.

Case Study

Overcoming ICD-10 Hurdles

May 1, 2011 - Providers and payers are getting serious about ICD-10, and experienced hands offer some practical advice for taking on the new code set.

Special Report

Get Answers from CMS About Meaningful Use Attestation

April 20, 2011 -

The attestation process for applying for Stage 1 meaningful use EHR incentive payments began Monday, April 18. There’s a lot of money on the line, and a lot of questions about how to use the online attestation system and report core and alternative MU measures.

On Wednesday, April 20, Travis Broome, special assistant to the consortium administrator at The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Jessica Kahn, director of Health I.T. at CMS, walked through the attestation module.

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