ISMP survey looks at support for text messaging of medical orders

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Many health care providers do not support using text messaging for medical orders, according to a survey released last week by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The 778 respondents included nurses, pharmacists, prescribers, medication safety officers and others. One-third of respondents thought... read more

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

Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

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Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve... read more

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

Senators reintroduce bill to provide EHR meaningful use flexibility

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Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today introduced the EHR Regulatory Relief Act (S. 2059), legislation that would provide regulatory flexibility and hardship relief to hospitals and eligible professionals in... read more

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

Senate holds hearing on 'achieving the promise' of health IT

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held a hearing this afternoon on implementing the 21st Century Cures Act to achieve the promise of health information technology. Among other provisions, the 2016 law requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a strategy and... read more

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

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

House committee passes bills to extend CHIP funding, reduce EHR burden

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee last night voted 28-23 along party lines to approve legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. The federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

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

Hospitals to begin using QualityNet to submit meaningful use attestations

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Beginning on Jan. 2, 2018, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals attesting to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will submit their 2017 meaningful use attestations to the QualityNet (Qnet) secure portal, according to a notice on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... read more

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

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

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