Study: HITECH Act drove large gains in hospital EHR adoption

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The 2009 HITECH Act has spurred “large gains” in hospitals’ adoption of electronic health records, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Before the federal government implemented the HITECH incentives, EHR adoption rates for eligible hospitals rose 3.2% annually, the study says.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Electronic Health Records

CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses

Senate passes Jessie's Law

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The Senate today approved by unanimous consent legislation (S. 581) that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and disseminate best practices for displaying a patient’s history of opioid use disorders in their medical records. The bill would require HHS to consult with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, opioids

GAO names 15 to new health IT advisory committee

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The Government Accountability Office today appointed 15 members to a committee created by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 to advise the national coordinator for health information technology on advancing electronic health information exchange, access and use. The members include: Tina Esposito, vice... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

Reminder: AHA Twitter chat Friday with Most Wired hospitals

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The AHA will honor this year’s Most Wired hospitals during a Twitter chat July 28 during the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The chat will feature the award winners and explore how health information technology is helping to improve patient care and population health in communities across the country.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Electronic Health Records

CHIME to administer 'HealthCare's Most Wired' hospital survey

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will conduct the annual “HealthCare’s Most Wired” hospital survey and benchmarking program going forward, AHA and CHIME announced today. An active supporter of the program since its inception in 1999, CHIME transitioned to a partner role with AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Electronic Health Records

Join AHA Twitter chat with Most Wired hospitals

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The AHA will honor this year’s Most Wired hospitals during a Twitter chat July 28 during the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The chat will feature the award winners and explore how health information technology is helping to improve patient care and population health in communities across the country.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

Reminder: July 1 deadline to apply for EHR hardship exception

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals and eligible professionals who did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET for a hardship exception from the 2018 payment adjustment. For... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, nurses

OIG: Some Medicare EHR incentive payments to EPs were inappropriate

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inappropriately paid $729.4 million in Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not meet meaningful use requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General estimated in a report... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses

EHR vendor to pay $155 million to settle FCA allegations

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An electronic health records software vendor and certain of its employees will pay a total of $155 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that the organization misrepresented the capabilities of its software, the Department of Justice announced yesterday. The settlement also resolves... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

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