The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reversed its position on the timeline for implementing the Meaningful Use incentive program, proposing an extension of Stage 2 through 2016 and beginning Stage 3 in 2017 for those providers that have competed at least two years in Stage 2.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reportedly will announce a new timeline for Stages 2 and 3 of the Meaningful Use program at 4:30 p.m. ET today.
ONC's Health IT Policy Committee has agreed with its Tiger Team's recommendations that the proposed accounting of disclosures rule, including its creation of an "access report," is overbroad.
What's going on with the Veterans' Administration (VA) these days? The VA, with its vast electronic health record system, seemed ahead of the curve. It was a trendsetter, spearheading patient access to EHRs with the adoption of its MyHealtheVet access pilot. It increased veterans' access to mental healthcare by launching a videoconferencing program. Veterans, who have long suffered with overcrowded emergency departments, understaffing, and other problems in accessing care, finally were getting an innovative, sophisticated health benefit.
Until they weren't. Now it seems that the VA has gone rogue on us when it comes to EHRs.
An automated tool integrated into an electronic health record to predict patients at risk of hospital readmission can help to reduce such rates, according to a new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' expectation that physicians transition to electronic health records continues to rise with EHRs increasingly integrated into CMS' 2014 physician payment rule. Of note was CMS' controversial suggestion in the rule that the standards for future chronic care management should include required use of an EHR that meets Meaningful Use.
New research finds that electronic health records have great potential to link genes to specific diseases and identify previously unknown connections between the two.
The American Telemedicine Association, HIMSS and several other organizations recently sent a letter to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) urging that incentives in Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program include the "full panoply" of patient health data, including patient-generated health data (PGHD) from remote monitoring systems.
Electronic health record use continues to plague the Veterans' Administration, with incomplete EHR documentation of opioid prescriptions leading to patient misuse and hospitalizations at San Francisco VA Medical Center, according to a recently published report by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Office of Inspector General.
The American Journal of Managed Care has now weighed in on the impact of electronic health records and health IT with a special issue devoted to research on the subject.
The certification process for Meaningful Use is in need of a "radical" overhaul, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka says in his most recent blog post.
There appears to be a big disconnect between desire and reality when it comes to Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use Incentive Program. On one hand, you've got the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which earnestly wants to forge on with Stage 2 on time in January 2014. Stage 2, as you may recall, has already been delayed once. On the other hand, you've got the reality that a lot of electronic health record products are not yet certified for the 2014 edition software that supports Stage 2 of the program.
Newly published research shows that providing physicians with the price of lab tests via electronic health records can lead to a reduction in the ordering rates of such tests.
Electronic health records can record not only clinical care, but non-clinical information to assess patient-physician interaction and determine how that may impact patient care, according to a new study in Health Services Research.
Patients increasingly are embracing the concept of patient portals, but it's still unknown whether the portals actually improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction or create efficiencies, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
ONC's Health IT Policy Committee Tiger Team plans to recommend that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services approach HIPAA's accounting of disclosures rule for electronic health records in a "step-wise" fashion and balance the needs of patients and providers.
Alert fatigue and overrides continue to plague clinicians and threaten patient safety, according to research published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
The security and integrity of electronic health records will be one of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General's highest priorities in 2014 and beyond, according to the OIG's latest strategic plan.
Sen. Rob Portman's proposed "Behavioral Health Information Technology Coordination Act," introduced last week, would expand the Meaningful Use incentive program and adoption assistance to psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse clinics and other behavioral health providers. With so much publicity these days on health insurance coverage for the mentally ill, and the all-too-common news reports about the mentally ill not receiving needed treatment, you'd think that senator's bill would garner at least some attention. However, it's received very little press.