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CMS bridge to connect MU-ineligible providers 'creative,' but hurdles remain

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have provided a "creative" way to connect the electronic and remaining paper worlds in healthcare, according to Julia Adler-Milstein's rundown of a recently announced federal program.

Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority awards millions to support HIO interoperability

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has awarded almost $3.8 million in grants to help connect hospitals, ambulatory practices and long-term care/post-acute care providers to the Authority's Pennsylvania Patient and Provider Network, known as P3N. 

ONC must take 'multi-pronged approach' to measuring interoperability, AMIA says

The American Medical Informatics Association says measuring interoperability will require a "multi-pronged approach" from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in a letter to agency head Karen DeSalvo.

DirectTrust adds new members, continues 'steady growth'

DirectTrust continues to enjoy "steady" growth, adding eight new members to its network since the beginning of the year and bringing total membership to 146 organizations. The new members include health services providers, health IT companies, and companies providing healthcare-related mobile apps.

Slashing funds for HIE access may actually prove more costly

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon last week vetoed a $500,000-line item from the state budget that would have funded data sharing between the state's department of social services and its health information exchange, Missouri Health Connection. At the same time, new research reports that easy data sharing between New York City's immunization registry and clinicians' EHRs "significantly" improved the vaccination rates of children. At first glance these two news items don't have much in common. But they do; we're talking about Medicaid.

Missouri governor nixes funding to help behavioral health docs connect to HIE

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a line item veto of $500,000 from the state budget that would have funded connections between the state's Department of Social Services and its health information exchange, Missouri Health Connection.

Integrating EHRs with vaccine registries improves accuracy of pediatric immunizations

The exchange of vaccination data between a city immunization registry and clinicians' electronic health records resulted in "significant" improvements in pediatric immunization coverage, according to a recent study in the journal  Pediatrics.

CMS' hands off approach to MU and HIE in Medicaid managed care rule may backfire

Many people have been focused on what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new sweeping Medicaid and CHIP managed care rule does. The long-awaited rule, unveiled earlier this week, overhauls and modernizes how Medicare managed care works, bringing much of it into the 21 st  century.

CMS takes hands off approach to HIE, MU in new Medicaid managed care rule

The new final Medicaid and CHIP managed care rule does not change Meaningful Use, data exchange and health IT requirements, despite commenters' requests to do so.

Data gaps in EHRs must be addressed, not discounted

I'm often cynical about studies that seem flawed, misleading, or not useful. But sometimes a study that seems off the mark or outdated can actually be significant. Last week, a study published...