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Final IPPS rule adjusts Meaningful Use program requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final 2016 inpatient and long-term care hospital policy and payment rule modifies the Meaningful Use program to encourage electronic submission of clinical quality measures and to further align it with other rules and programs.

DHMSM aftermath: Sorting out the winners and losers

The triumph of Cerner's team for the Pentagon's highly coveted electronic health record contract had as much to do with the Kansas City, Missouri, company's perceived strength on the interoperability front and its government experience as it did with rival Epic's inability to "play nice" with other systems, according to industry analysts.

Report: Canada's health IT 'lags on many fronts'

Canada has many of the same problems with electronic health record adoption and data sharing as the United States, according to a Canadian report published this month of the Advisory Panel in Healthcare Innovation.

Providers shouldn't bear the brunt of information blocking enforcement

There's been so much support and praise for the 21st Century Cures Act, which sailed through the House July 9, that the American Hospital Association's cautionary note about the legislation's enforcement provisions against information blocking may not be receiving the attention it deserves.

Patient portal design should be more fluid, varied, researchers say

Patient portals can be a helpful way to share older adults' health information with their caregivers, but privacy and autonomy issues indicate that full access by proxy may not be the best approach, according to a new study in  JAMA Internal Medicine.

To engage payers, HIEs must better meet their needs

To fully engage payers in robust and sustainable health data exchange, health information exchanges need to better align their value proposition with payers', according to research published at the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Consensus on interoperability standards may prove elusive

It looks like the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap has already hit its first speed bump. The Health IT Standards Committee's Interoperability Standards Advisory task force reported this week on the public comments received on ONC's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, the first deliverable in support of the agency's national interoperability roadmap. The results do not appear promising.

HIT Standards task force: Suggestions for interoperability all over the board

There's been considerable interest in expanding the scope of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, but very little consistency regarding how, according to the Health IT Standards Committee Advisory Task Force.

CMS proposed rule 'encourages' EHR adoption for end stage renal disease facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to prod providers into adopting electronic health records and electronic data sharing, this time in its proposed 2016 payment rule for end stage renal disease facilities.

Positive news about health information exchange, EHR usability... and even IT vendors

There's so much bad news about electronic health records, generally, that it's refreshing to read about some positive developments this week. For one, it looks like health information exchanges (HIEs) are finally coming into their own.