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The Electronic Health Record: Boon or Boondoggle?

In 2009, Congress passed the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. In this law was a requirement that physicians and hospitals must start using electronic health records (EHR) by 2014. Written into the law were Medicare reimbursement...Show More Summary

Teaching LGBT Issues in the New Era of Medical Education

In October of 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services—the agency responsible for covering a third of the U.S. population and dictating U.S. health care practices—issued a mandate requiring that all electronic health records include specific fields about gender identity and sexual orientation. Show More Summary

Improved Electronic Health Records Enable Physician Practice Preparedness for Population Health and Value-based Care

The U.S. ambulatory electronic health record market has expanded significantly over the past five years due to incentives provided by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rapid advancement of technology and healthcare reform...Show More Summary

Certain vulnerable groups are less likely to use e-health resources

Highlight Black race, lower neighborhood household income, older age, and Medicaid/Medicare insurance status were each linked with less use of an electronic health record portal by kidney disease patients. Washington, DC (October 22,...Show More Summary

WEDI Extends Searchable ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database Post 10/1

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and...Show More Summary

The Interoperability Roadmap

On Thursday, CMS announced their intent to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for 2015 and beyond, reducing the reporting burden on providers, while supporting the long term goals of the program.On Friday, ONC released the Interoperability Roadmap and the Standards Advisory. Show More Summary

Hospitals could face penalties for missing electronic health record deadline

Many of the nation's hospitals in the U.S. struggled to meet a federally mandated electronic health records deadline, and as a result could collectively face millions of dollars in reduced Medicare payments this year, a study shows.

ONC is helping veterans access their electronic health records

Go where they are. In this case, “they” represents rural veterans and Medicare patients. On their way to meet them is a group of Federal partners – including ONC, telecommunication companies – known in industry parlance as “telecos” — and other stakeholders who are pushing to bring broadband to the heartland. Show More Summary

Progress on Adoption of Electronic Health Records

New Data Shows Rapid Adoption of EHRs; Announcements of 2015 Policies Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – which included the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs – was signed into law, the nation has seen unprecedented growth in the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Show More Summary

CMS Says More than Half of US Doctors Have Adopted Electronic Health Records

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that more than half of all doctors and other eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health records, exceeding the goal they had set for themselves for the end of 2013. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey [...]

Effective Electronic Health Records Require Medicare Incentives, Says AMA

Federal agencies should align to Medicare pay so it supports interoperability seamlessly within paperless systems, the American Medical Association (AMA) plus other medicine groups have urged. If the USA is serious about achieving goals...Show More Summary

Watchdog call for EHR bonus audits meets resistance

4 years agoHealth : amednews.com

Medicare’s chief says adding more regulatory roadblocks could prevent physicians from adopting electronic health record systems by the time noncompliance penalties start in 2015.

Fred Schulte on Investigative Journalism: "Race to electronic health records may come with a price"

Investigative reporter Fred Schulte of the Center for Public Integrity has written up his experiences on his investigation of upcoding and Medicare billing inflation due to the effects of EHRs.The piece is of interest in regard to, at...Show More Summary

Billions Spent to Make Medicare More Efficient Make Medicare More Expensive

4 years agoNews : Reason

Buried within the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act — the 2009 stimulus bill — was a substantial amount of funding intended to encourage health care providers to adopt new health information technology, including electronic health records for patients. Show More Summary

Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records

4 years agoHealth : NYTimes: Health

The move to electronic health records may be adding billions of dollars to Medicare costs by enabling hospitals and physicians to bill more for the same services.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Rules Released

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released final requirements for Stage 2 Electronic Health Records Incentive programs. The regulations can be found here:CMSONCA fact sheet on CMS's final rule is available here. Show More Summary

Stage 2 meaningful use rules sharply criticized by physicians

4 years agoHealth : amednews.com

The American Medical Association and state and specialty societies call for less aggressive criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program.

More on privacy and security.

Protecting patients’ privacy and securing their health information is a core requirement for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid incentives programs for electronic health records (EHRs)1. Further, effective privacy and security...Show More Summary

Electronic Health Records Association Responds to ONC and CMS NPRMs on Meaningful Use Stage 2

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Association today submitted its detailed comments on the two Notices of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRMs) on Meaningful Use Stage 2 – one from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for healthcare providers laying out revised Meaningful Use objectives and measures for use of certified electronic health records (EHRs); and [...]

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