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CMS unveils MACRA proposal; 'Advancing Care Information' to replace MU for Medicare EPs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, as it pertains to the use of electronic health records, varies considerably from physicians' requirements in the Medicare Meaningful Use program, allowing for streamlined reporting, reduced burdens and more flexibility.

CMS' hands off approach to MU and HIE in Medicaid managed care rule may backfire

Many people have been focused on what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new sweeping Medicaid and CHIP managed care rule does. The long-awaited rule, unveiled earlier this week,...

CMS takes hands off approach to HIE, MU in new Medicaid managed care rule

The new final Medicaid and CHIP managed care rule does not change Meaningful Use, data exchange and health IT requirements, despite commenters' requests to do so.

EHRs can help detect patients with a history of cancer

Electronic health records can help identify patients with a history of cancer, according to research published this month in eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

CMS seeks feedback for potential EHR measure on antipsychotic use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is soliciting comments from hospitals and others regarding creating a new electronic health record measure on the use of antipsychotics in older adults in an inpatient hospital setting.

'Irregularities' in Coast Guard EHR deployment led to termination of Epic contract

The Coast Guard's troubled rollout of its electronic health record system caused it to choose not to renew its contract with Epic and to revert to paper records last fall.

New bill shortens 2016 MU reporting period to 90 days

Providers attesting to Meaningful Use for 2016 would have a reporting period of 90 days--down from a full year--under a new bill unveiled Wednesday by a group of bipartisan lawmakers led by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio, pictured). 

Data gaps in EHRs must be addressed, not discounted

I'm often cynical about studies that seem flawed, misleading, or not useful. But sometimes a study that seems off the mark or outdated can actually be significant. Last week, a study published...

AHIMA releases new patient portal toolkit

The American Health Information Management Association has created a new patient portal toolkit for health information management professionals.

Study: EHR use by pediatric opthalmologists may hamper efficiency

Pediatric ophthalmologists are not immune from having to spend a large amount of time on electronic health records, which can adversely impact their efficiency.

ONC report examines feasibility of CEHRT comparison tools

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recommends not one, but four different ways to assist providers in comparing and selecting certified electronic health record technology, in a newly published report to Congress on the feasibility of such mechanisms.

Black Book: Hospitals' loyalty to their EHR dipped 6 percent

A hospital's faithfulness to its inpatient electronic health record dropped 6 percent between 2015 to 2016, according to a new Black Book survey.

Jury awards Epic $940M in lawsuit against Tata, TCS

A jury has awarded Epic Systems $940 million in damages in its trade secret lawsuit against Tata Consultancy Services and Tata America International Corporation, according to Reuters.

LaVerne Council: VA officials evaluating EHR recommendations

Department of Veterans Affairs CIO for the Office of Information Technology LaVerne Council said Thursday that the VA this summer will go into more detail on its future electronic health record plans.

Data gaps in EHRs a 'widespread problem'

Electronic health records are missing a "substantial" amount of data, which could have "profound" implications for clinical care, medical research and public health, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

EHR fraud recommendations remain unimplemented, HHS Inspector General says

Despite warnings from its Office of Inspector General (OIG) in December 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services still has not adequately tackled the issue of hospitals failing to employ safeguards and prevent electronic health record fraud and abuse via recommended tools already in place, OIG says.

Are we witnessing the death of public HIEs?

There's been a lot of press about Black Book Rankings' latest study of health information exchanges (HIEs) and how so many providers still are not participating in them. But perhaps a more important and far-reaching finding from this report is that providers and prayers are shifting away from community, public HIEs and moving toward private ones, which Black Book dubs the "replacement revolution."

RECs had 'positive impact' on EHR adoption, MU

The regional extension centers helped spur electronic health record adoption and Meaningful Use attainment, even though they deployed different methods in providing assistance, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Lack of management of patient-generated info a 'large-scale problem'

An electronic health record may have gaps in patient generated health information (PGHI) due to both a lack of standardization of the questions asked of patients and a lack of centralized governance of the information obtained, according to a new study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

Providers, payers in HIE 'replacement revolution' to improve interoperability

More providers and payers are shifting to private health information exchanges as they begin to participate in value-based payment models, creating an HIE "replacement revolution," according to a new survey from Black Book Rankings.