Bill to reduce EHR burden on providers clears subcommittee

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The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee today approved AHA-supported legislation (H.R. 3120) that would remove from the HITECH Act of 2009 a requirement that the Health and Human Services Secretary make meaningful use standards for electronic health records more stringent over time. “Current... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records

Study: Primary care physicians spend half their day on EHR tasks

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Primary care physicians spend more than half of their workday performing data entry and other tasks with electronic health records, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine. The study included 142 physicians at family medicine clinics associated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison... read more

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

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Submitted in response to the agency’s request for information on flexibilities and efficiencies, the suggestions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

Study finds digital divide in advanced use of EHRs

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About 80.5% of hospitals had adopted at least a basic electronic health record in 2015, up from 75.2% in 2014, according to a study reported online last month by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Based on the Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Survey, the study also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, patient and family engagement

AHA calls for focused approach to trusted exchange framework

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Efforts to create a trusted exchange framework and common agreements for health information exchange should not disrupt working exchanges but focus on creating a more seamless network of networks, AHA advised the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in comments submitted... read more

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

CMS updating QualityNet to reflect reduced 2017 eCQM requirements

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The QualityNet system has not yet been updated to reflect changes to electronic clinical quality measure reporting requirements for calendar year 2017 under the fiscal year 2018 inpatient prospective payment system final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. Released this month, the ... read more

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

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

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