Spending on entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid consumes some two-thirds of all federal spending, but new research from the University of Notre Dame shows that information technology investments in health care lead to significant spending reductions -- potentially in the billions of dollars.
(University of Notre Dame) Research by Idris Adjerid and Corey Angst, IT professors in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, and Julia Adler-Milstein of the University of California San Francisco shows that when Health Information Exchanges appear in regional markets, there are massive cost savings.
(Emory Health Sciences) An evaluation and report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on results of a $10 million Health Care Innovation Award found that Emory's electronic ICU (eICU) innovation program reduced length of patient stays in the ICU, resulted in fewer readmissions, reduced costs by millions of dollars and helped solve the shortage of intensivists.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program — also known as meaningful use (MU) — initially provided incentives to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) to meet certified program requirements. Many physicians were mandated to change over to electronic records at the cost of tens of thousands of dollars. […]
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 [...]
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
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.
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
US government warns EHR users about aggressive billing
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
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.
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
The American Medical Association and state and specialty societies call for less aggressive criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program.