ONC: Docs sharing data more with patients than other providers

Physicians increasingly are sharing patient health information, but are doing so more with patients than with other providers, according to a new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Senate hearing on EHRs focuses on Meaningful Use problems, interoperability

In what Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called a "wrap-up session" during a hearing Oct. 1, focused on electronic healthcare records, the health committee chairman outlined five reasons to delay finalizing Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.

Don't let the new IOM report become yesterday's news

Once again, the venerable Institute of Medicine has published an important work on healthcare and patient safety, this time on diagnostic errors. The 369-page report, "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," released Sept. 22, found that most of us will experience a misdiagnosis in our lifetime. And not surprisingly, EHRs and health IT are front and center in the report in both a positive and a negative way.

Docs lament 'all-or-nothing' MU compliance standard at second AMA town hall

The American Medical Association continued its effort to reshape the Meaningful Use program, holding a second town hall meeting Sept. 29 to enable physicians to share their suggestions and experiences.

GAO report: Meaningful Use presents a hurdle to achieving interoperability

Despite the importance of electronic health record interoperability to improving the state of overall care delivered in the U.S., several hurdles remain to get to seamless patient data exchange between providers, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

CMS releases new fact sheet on payment adjustments for eligible hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new fact sheet on the 2016 Meaningful Use payment adjustment for eligible hospitals.

Problems with new Epic EHR contributed to U.K. hospitals' drop in care quality

The United Kingdom's Care Quality Commission has recommended that the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust be put on "special measures" in large part because of problems the Trust has had in implementing its new Epic electronic health record system.

House lawmakers urge for delay and 'refocus' of MU Stage 3

Calls for Meaningful Use Stage 3 to be delayed are growing, with more than 100 House lawmakers adding their voices to the din.

Niam Yaraghi: Non-MU drivers will spur more doc adoption of EHRs

Physicians will continue to adopt electronic health records even though the Meaningful Use program's funds have "dried up," according to Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brooking Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.

Oklahoma incorrectly pays more than $888,000 in Medicaid MU incentives

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has made incorrect Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments to healthcare professionals totaling $888,250, as well as several other mistakes, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

Hospitals sued for overcharging patients for EHR copies

Two hospitals in the District of Columbia have been sued for charging "illegal" and "excessive" fees to patients for providing them with copies of their electronic health records.

EMR-based model predicts patients' healthcare needs 6 months out

Using data from HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange, researchers have created an electronic medical record-based online risk model to predict the healthcare resources patients would need six months out.

EHRs don't adequately support integration of primary care, behavioral health

Many electronic health records are a "burden" to the integration of primary care and behavioral health, requiring providers to resort to workarounds, according to a study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

RWJF's report on MU gives validity to pausing Stage 3

It's not often that you see one report hedge its bets so often regarding whether something is working. But that's exactly what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) annual health IT report does regarding the Meaningful Use program.

More than 80 percent of ambulatory docs using EHRs

The number of physicians adopting electronic health records continues to rise, with more than eight of 10 ambulatory care physicians using an EHR, according to a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

ONC announces $1M in grants to promote data exchange among non-MU providers

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced that it is providing $1 million in grants to support health information exchange and care coordination among providers that are not eligible for incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use program.

Study: Commercial EHR use increases ED task-shifting, poses safety hazard

Switching from a homegrown electronic health record system to a commercial one in a hospital's emergency department greatly increased the frequency of task-switching by physicians, which can have a negative impact on patient safety, according to a study published recently in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

RWJF: HITECH Act falls short of overall goals

The HITECH Act has helped initiate "significant" progress in the use of health IT, but has fallen short of its goal to create an efficient and effective healthcare system with the advanced use of health IT, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report.

Med organizations urge 'pause' of MU Stage 3

The American Medical Association (AMA) and 41 medical societies have asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan that the rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program be "paused."

Sen. Lamar Alexander: Delay Meaningful Use Stage 3

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Meaningful Use Stage 3 should be delayed until 2017 and phased in based on the program's success thereafter.