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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.

Electronic mental health, substance abuse records need special care

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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.

EHRs critical to 'learning health system' model

Electronic health records can help create network based learning health systems to integrate chronic care management, quality improvement and research, according to a study published in the August edition of eGEMS (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

DoD, VA must be accountable for interoperability failures

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Vendor changes increasing EHR satisfaction among larger doc practices

Vendor improvements to their electronic health records are increasing large practices' satisfaction with their systems, according to a new survey from Black Book Rankings.

HHC tech leaders out amid billing probe of EMR implementation

Four top leaders at New York City's Health and Hospitals Corp. have left the organization after an investigation into improper billing for a revamp of its electronic medical record system.

Providers must anticipate 'activation' risks in EHR implementation

Providers often don't identify and plan for some of the potential risks in implementing an electronic health record, according to Dana Kimmel, an associate principal for health technology consulting group Aspen Advisors.

ABA Health Law Section: Precision medicine may benefit from health IT models

The White House Precision Medicine Initiative might do well to borrow some of the concepts already in use in health information exchange and health IT, according to comments released by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section on the proposed privacy and trust principles issued by the Precision Medicine Initiative Interagency Working Group.

ONC task force completes discussions on interoperability standards advisory

The Health IT Standards Committee Advisory Task Force has held the last of its meetings to discuss the public comments received about the Office of the National Coordinator's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

EHRs can help improve health insurance coverage rates

Capturing health insurance data in electronic health records and improving the synergy of that data between EHRs and health information exchanges could help improve patients' heath insurance coverage rates and reduce coverage lapses, researchers say.

Hospital EHR adoption grows, but other care settings still lack ability to receive data

While exchange of data between hospitals and outside providers is increasing, the industry still faces many barriers when it comes to interoperability.

Metrics, goals needed to keep VA-DoD interoperability on track

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have not met a key deadline in their quest for interoperability between their electronic health record systems, and need outcome-oriented metrics and goals to gauge their progress, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Senate exempts ASC docs from Meaningful Use requirements

The U.S. Senate has passed its version of the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015 (S. 1347) which protects physicians practicing in ambulatory surgery centers from the Meaningful Use penalties until certified EHR technology is available for this practice setting.

EHRs can increase docs' medical malpractice liability

Electronic health records can increase a provider's malpractice exposure, according to an article published in Oncology Business Management.

AMA: Doc satisfaction with EHRs declining

A greater percentage of doctors are unhappy with their electronic health records than five years ago, according to a survey from the American Medical Association and others.