As hospitals increasingly use electronic health records, they may also be increasingly losing time during the day to the technology, according to a new study.
Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Department of Defense began accepting bids Monday for the coveted contract to replace and modernize its EHR system.
Simply using an electronic health record does not necessarily lead to billing fraud. But some of their functionalities, meant to create efficiencies, can lead to documentation that causes improper billing, as well as outright fraud. So how can providers root out EHR-related documentation issues and fraud before it occurs? And what steps can private payers take to ferret out improper claims? Read the full S pecial Report
As industries flourish thanks to advances in technology and information sharing, healthcare lags far behind, says Dick Escue, CIO at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Hospitals and healthcare systems made significant progress in adopting electronic health records, according to two studies published in the journal Health Affairs, but have a long road ahead of them to meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the implementation of health information exchanges.
Some experts think the "Kaiser-fication" of healthcare in the wake of the Affordable Care Act may be good for the industry, according to a USA Today article.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has directed the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee to submit a report on the technical, operational and financial barriers to information-sharing among electronic health records systems--what it calls the "information-blocking problem"--and what should be done to combat it. The order comes in a draft budget report that recommends a $61.474 million budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rather than the $74.688 million it had requested.
Healthcare IT spending by both providers and payers needs to move away from massive systems to the more agile, entrepreneurial approach used by the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung, according to an article at CIO.
More than ever, patients are having a say in their healthcare--and their input will be an important part of big data collection to create a more "unified story of health and healthcare," according to an article in July's Health Affairs.