CMS has released an interim final rule with comment that makes several changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs and 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 09:31

Professional Football Implements EHR

The National Football League now uses eClinicalWorks electronic health system to streamline care for players.
Four experts discuss the most important qualities for electronic health records in spine practices.
Individual physicians, eligible professionals and selected group practices may apply online for a hardship exemption under the 2013 Medicare Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2013, according to an AHA News Now report.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:03

OIG Surveys Meaningful Use Payment Recipients

The Office of Inspector General of HHS has asked hospitals to complete a survey aimed at "identifying fraud and abuse vulnerabilities in electronic health record systems," according to an AHA News Now report.
A public-private partnership of 15 states, 37 technology vendors and 34 health information exchanges has announced a program to test and certify electronic health records and other health information technology for reliable transfer of data within and across organizations and states.
CMS released the stage 2 final rule for meaningful use in August 2012. For hospitals that started the meaningful use process in 2011, they will not be required to begin reporting against the stage 2 requirements until July 1, 2014. Although 2014 may seem like quite a distance away, the next 21 months will move very quickly, especially given the many competing priorities hospitals have. According to Laura Kreofsky, a Principal at Impact Advisors, a healthcare technology consulting firm, hospitals should make it a point to start preparing for stage 2 meaningful use regardless of their status with stage 1.
This article is written by Derek Singleton of Software Advice.

There's been a lot of speculation about what will happen to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — commonly referred to as ObamaCare — if Mitt Romney is elected in November. Although Mr. Romney has repeatedly promised to repeal the ACA on day one of his Presidency, the reality is that no President has the power overturn a law without Congressional support. Since he's unlikely to garner the necessary support, ACA is pretty much a done deal.
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Monday, 01 October 2012 09:47

17 Easiest EHR to Use

Here are the top ranked electronic health systems by how easy they are to learn, based on the Medscape EHR Report 2012: Physicians Rank Top EHRs report.
HHS and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a demonstration of standards to allow sensitive health information to be shared responsibly, complying with confidentiality regulations among providers using electronic health records.
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