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ACOs increasing their use of EHRs, CMS says

Electronic health records are increasingly becoming an integral part of Medicare's accountable care organizations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2014 quality and financial performance results.

More than $31B in MU incentive payments made to providers

A whopping $31.3 billion in incentive payments have been made to providers pursuant to the Meaningful Use program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's latest report, which includes data through July 2015.

Electronic 'trigger' can identify cancer red flags, reduce diagnostic delays

Electronic "triggers" searching for data within an electronic health record can identify patients at risk of delayed cancer diagnosis and speed up the diagnostic evaluation, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Task force summarizes barriers, mulls recommendations to improve EHR data sharing

Patient care coordination is the "key driver" to data sharing, but there are challenges accomplishing that goal, according to the Health IT Policy Committee's task force on clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers to interoperability. In its Aug. 25 meeting, the task force summarized information from hearings held earlier in the month regarding obstacles to electronic health record interoperability.

Beacon communities attaining 'clinical transformation' with health IT

The Beacon communities have done a good job in building and expanding their use of electronic health records and other health technologies to improve their clinical practices, according to a recently published report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

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Data transparency is an increased priority for hospitals and health systems, but raw data often don't convey the nuances of care quality, according to U.S. News & World Report.