Nov. 30 deadline to apply for reconsideration of EHR payment adjustment

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use and did not receive a hardship exception in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for reconsideration of their 2018 payment adjustment. Visit here... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

Study: Voluntary value-based reforms associated with greater readmissions reductions

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Hospitals participating in certain voluntary valued-based reforms have reduced their readmissions more than hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a study reported today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on readmissions data for 2,837 hospitals... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, ACO, bundled payment

Harnessing Information for Better Care

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Having the right information at the right time is one key to improving patient care. That requires interoperable health information technology systems that talk to each other and seamlessly exchange information. Hospitals have made big strides in sharing information – for example, in 2014, nearly nine out... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, leadership

Certain EHR features associated with fewer adverse events in some hospital patients

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Adults hospitalized for acute cardiovascular disease, surgery or pneumonia are less likely to experience some adverse events in hospitals with certain electronic health record functions, according to a study published this week in The Journal of Patient Safety. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

CMS updates electronic clinical quality measures for 2016 reporting

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday posted its annual update to the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures. Eligible hospitals and professionals will use the updated specifications to electronically report eCQMs for CMS quality reporting programs in calendar year 2016, including the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

ONC, AHRQ announce funding for health IT-related projects

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology yesterday announced $36 million in funding to accelerate the adoption and use of health information exchange, train health care workers to use new health information technologies, and address health challenges at the population... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: safety, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, workforce

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